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5 Rules To Stay Safe During Night Runs


Dominate the Darkness
Stay safe with our five rules of night running.

1. Run against traffic. This rule applies day or night. Running against traffic gives drivers a better chance to spot you.

2. Assume others cannot see you—especially drivers and cyclists. Since you can see them better than they can see you, yield to cars.

3. Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return. These new apps can let a friend or family member know your route while you’re on the run. Just an added protection to keep you safe at night.

4. Leave headphones at home, wear only one earbud or keep the volume low; acute hearing compensates for reduced visibility. Definitely considering bring your phone with you in case of emergency.

5. Add bright colors, reflectivity and glow-in-the-dark apparel to your running kit—the more the better! Not sure what type of reflective clothes or gear to buy? We picked out a bunch of our favorites. Being safe has never been so stylish!

Allison Pattillo

Allison Pattillo

Allison played field hockey and golf while growing up, but always ran “just for the fun of it.” She completed and won her age group in her very first race, a 5K, when she was 26 so that she would at least know how to pin on her number before running her first marathon a month later. Those two races turned into dozens, from mile long sprints to ultras, running to triathlon with some ski and snowshoe racing mixed in as well. After earning a Boston qualifier and completing her first IRONMAN 140.6, this mother of two is now focused on seeing how much she can better her 3:48 PB marathon time, running the World Marathon Majors (Boston and Tokyo are in the books!) and tackling a 50-miler.