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What is Proper Running Etiquette?

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If you’re a runner, you may have had the experience where you pass a fellow runner and you’re just not sure what to do – do you wave? Smile? Flash the peace sign? There must be a signal we can use to show support for one another.

As runners, I believe it’s important to acknowledge and support one another but how do you do that when presented with a new challenge – one that requires you to be six feet apart according to CDC’s social distancing recommendations?1 Now, more than ever, kindness is something we all can all adopt to lift each other up during this challenging time. Here are a few tips on how to be an effective and supportive runner.

Running at a Distance

Running solo outdoors is the best way to get your mileage in at this time. To comply with social distancing you should always:

  • Begin your run from your home
  • Do not organize group runs
  • Avoid running in populated areas
  • Do not travel for a run

Make Some Space

If you see a runner coming towards you, utilize your space. Running in your neighborhood allows you to use sidewalks and cross the not-so-busy streets should you encounter another runner. Always look for cars, uneven surfaces, curbs and any branches when you cross.

In some instances, you may have to pull off into a grassy area to let another runner, dog walker, or bicyclist pass you if there is limited space. As runners, we’re aware and agile so we should always anticipate what’s coming and plan accordingly. Try to avoid running in the street and anywhere else where your general safety may be at risk.

A Smile and a Wave

When runners do pass each other, a simple smile and lift of the hand to wave is a great way to remind one another that we’re all in this together. Some runners have been working weeks, months and maybe even years towards a race that may have recently been postponed or cancelled. However, that doesn’t stop us from working hard to achieve our dreams. The comradery amongst the running community is a great one and your simple gesture may encourage someone more than you know!

If you’re looking to transition to outdoor running, check out these tips from our experts. If you begin experiencing any pain while you pick up your outdoor running, request an appointment at one of our clinics. Athletico clinicians are even able to connect with your virtually now with our telehealth treatment options.

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1. “Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 Mar. 2020,

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1 Comment

  1. Rob S.

    It’s definitely important to know what running etiquette entails, even now during the cold weather. A simple smile and wave can go a long way in helping foster a sense of camaraderie.

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