Running etiquette is vital when you are hitting the trail,
treadmill. This is something that will help you stay competitive and
friendly when you are running.
Running is a very popular way to stay in shape. It offers the
benefits of a cardiovascular workout all while hanging out with good
friends, enjoying the outdoors or spending time in the gym.
are a lot of runners out there. Some are competitive and serious, while
others are just out to get in shape. It doesn't matter which one you
are, you should always observe running etiquette.
Path, Trail or Road Running
- If you are road running, always run against the traffic.
You are more likely to see what is coming at you to plan accordingly
rather than being hit from behind. You are also more visible to
- When running in a group, only run two wide.
This will keep the running traffic congestion down. When there are a
lot of people on the path or trail it is always best to go single file.
- If you are using headphones, keep the volume low.
This will allow you to be more aware of your surroundings, other
runners and traffic. No one really wants to hear the music that
motivates you. Keep that for yourself.
- Use your cell phone in an emergency only.
- Running with a dog? Make
sure the leash is short. Take care of any presents they
strollers are wonderful, just show good running etiquette
and be responsible with the amount of space they require.
- Announce if
you are passing someone in front of you. It is simple to
say, "passing on your left" or "excuse me".
- If you bring it with you, you should take it out. Don't litter. Use
the gift of the garbage can to take care of what you are done with.
- Pace yourself
with the slowest runner.
It is polite if you have agreed to train together. If you feel like you
need to separate, designate a meeting place at the end of training to
cool down and stretch together.
other runners with a smile, nod or a Hi.
- Use the
The inside lanes are reserved for the faster runners. If you are a
slower runner, use the lanes that are meant for you. This is not meant
to be disrespectful, it is there to keep you and everyone else safe.
- Run in the
Keep your appendages close to you. It is really not safe to run like
Phoebe on Friends with your arms and legs flailing everywhere.
- Don't spit on
the track. Enough said.
- Announce when
you are passing someone. Again use, "passing on your left"
or "excuse me". The manner in which you ask should be pleasant.
- Move when
someone has requested to pass you.
This is simply good running etiquette. One time when I was running on a
track I had asked to pass a group of talker-walkers (who were taking up
the entire track). They did not move, so I mowed them down. Now that
was not a good running etiquette example on my part, however they did
not take up the entire track anymore.
- Follow the
rules listed for the track. They are there for a reason,
so that no one gets hurt while training.
appropriate attire. It is good gym etiquette to show up in
running/training shoes and workout clothes (including a sports bra)
- Keep your
motivating music volume low.
- Do not spit
on or around the treadmill (YUCK).
- Save your
long runs for a time when the gym is not extremely busy.
- Use a towel, wrist band, something to wipe off any dripping sweat.
- When you are done with your run, wipe off the treadmill with
sanitizing wipes or your towel.
Good running etiquette
follows the golden rule
- Be sure to enter
and pay for the race you are entering.
- It is an unwritten rule that you should never wear the race t-shirt
to run the race in. Save it for another day when you can share your
- Line up according to your speed. Be honest about it.
If you are not an elite runner (which most of us are not) don't line up
in the front.
- Leave the dog
and jogger stroller home for the race. It is okay to train
with them, however it is not okay to compete with them.
- Do not stop
at the water stations. Grab your water and keep
- Discard your
trash appropriately. The best place is at the water
- If you need to stop for any reason, move off to the side.
This will keep you safe, as well as the runners who are behind you.
When you are ready to go again, merge carefully with the other runners.
- Announce when you are passing.
gratitude to all of those who are helping with the race.
Most of them are volunteers and without them there would not be a race.
- Keep the
headphones off. If you cannot run without them, then keep
one ear free to stay aware of your surroundings and other runners.
- If you need to spit, make sure you move to the side and aim low.
Nobody wants to be hit with your misdirected DNA.
- When you cross the finish line (Yahoo!), keep going for a short distance.
Don't stop right at the finish line.
- Leave the
cell phone with your friends and family. There are plenty
of people along the race trail that can help you if you need
It is so much easier to treat other runners how you want to be treated.
Taking care of your body is fantastic and running is a wonderful way to