Basic Running Etiquette Rules
You shouldn't instantly stop your run
Hi, I'm Kate Ganiere for About.com. As in all walks of life, there are basic etiquette rules that make running a more enjoyable experience for all. Here are some rules you should try to keep in mind.We all run at different levels and speeds, so don't be offended if someone wants to pass you. Instead, make sure you or your group is not making it difficult for them to do so with ease.Just as with driving, the left side of the path is generally for passing. If you are about to pass someone, make sure to look behind you for other runners and cyclists who may be ready to pass you.Tracks will often have rules that are posted on the ground or on a nearby sign. Make sure to pay attention to which way you are supposed to run and which lanes are best for your level if indicated. Your pre-stretch routine can be a good time to notice how others are using the track if you’re not sure.You shouldn't instantly stop your run without cooling down gradually. But if you need to stop, make sure there isn't someone behind you who will have to quickly dodge you.For your safety and theirs, don’t assume that cars will stop for you at an intersection or crosswalk. Make sure they see you and stop before you proceed. It’s always a nice gesture to give them a wave to say thanks for stopping.Always run against traffic. This is not just for your personal safety, it’s also good etiquette for oncoming traffic, as you will be more capable of avoiding an incident.Last, but not least, when crossing on trails and paths, many runners will often greet or nod at each other in passing. Make sure to return the gesture.These tips should help you be a joy to run with wherever you go. Thanks for watching at About.com.