We hope you have a chance to join us on our RAVE Run (Runners Against Violence Everywhere) this weekend. We are teaming up with our friends at Take Back The Run in an ongoing effort to bring awareness to runner safety. Please take a chance to visit their facebook page by going to www.TakeBackTheRun.com
If you have the chance, we’d love for you to download the Motigo app and hear some messages about runner safety from MRTT and TBTR. Just select the RAVE run and head out for a run anywhere around town! Make sure to wear red and take a selfie or group selfie. Motigo is an amazing app you can use for our virtual run this weekend as well as ANY upcoming race you have. Just remember to keep your music at a low volume so you can hear your surroundings.
When I started Moms RUN This Town (and now She RUNS This Town), I wanted to create a safe environment for female runners. We get so devastated every time we hear of an attack on a runner and hope you will remember these tips while running to lessen your chance of an attack.
- Avoid running with music especially alone at night, on a street or bike path, or near a golf course or other sporting event. If you choose to listen to music, use the one earbud method. You want to be able to hear someone running up on you a car approaching, or a warning of a fly ball.
- Always tell at least one person where you will be running whether at day or night.
- When running alone or at night, always keep a cell phone on you.
- Make sure you wear a headlamp when running at dark or other reflective gear so that you can be visible.
- Switch up your running routine and time. You don’t want to fall victim to someone who knows where you’ll be on a given day.
- Run during the day and with a buddy or group. Predators prey on easy targets and running alone automatically makes you more vulnerable.
- Utilize technology. There are several apps available that can alert authorities, record video and send our location such as: bSafe, RoadID, React Mobile, Kitestring, Glympse, RunSafe.
- Take a self-defense class, carry pepper spray, a Tigerlady devide, or even a small airhorn. It’s better to be prepared and not need it than to need it and not be prepared.
- Be cautious of what you post online and its privacy settings. You can never be sure who’s watching your posts.
- Trust your gut! If you feel unsafe or weary of someone or your surroundings you are probably right.
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