Unlike many sports, running can be done almost anywhere with practically no equipment. From city sidewalks to rural trails, there are many places in Carver County for runners to enjoy.
Before you lace up your sneakers, here are some important safety tips you will want to keep in mind:
- Use sidewalks
Always use the sidewalk if there is one available. If there are no sidewalks and you have to run on the road, always run facing traffic.
- Dress to be seen
Wear bright colors or reflective clothing so drivers have an easier time seeing you.
- Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections
Stop and look left, then right, then left again before you step into the street. Always obey traffic signals.
- Be alert for turning vehicles
Drivers are often busy checking traffic when turning which decreases their chances of seeing pedestrians.
- Vary your route
Don't use the same route at the same time every day. Not only is it safer, it's also a lot more interesting.
- Find a running buddy
There is safety in numbers. If you go out without a companion, tell someone which route you will be taking and what time you expect to return.
- Carry an ID
Always carry some form of identification in case of an accident or emergency.