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RUNNING & WALKING IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

There are dozens of quiet and scenic places to run in our beautiful neck of the woods!

Ragged Mountain Running Shop's Quick Guide 

RUNNING QUICKLINKS

SAFETY

RUNNING & WALKING SAFELY: BE ALERT, BE AWARE, AND BE DILIGENT
  • Unplug especially in areas of heavy traffic – bikes and cars

  • Buddy Up (safety in numbers) – Join a running/walking group or find a buddy to train with you

  • Face traffic when running/walking so you can see cars coming towards you 

  • Obey traffic signals and always assume the driver cannot see you 

  • Carry a cell phone so you have the ability to call for help if needed

  • Let someone know your route and/or let them know if you change it during your run/walk  

  • Ignore/don’t engage with any verbal harassment 

  • Have a plan in case you need to get defensive. If you carry something with you be sure you know how to use it and use it quickly.  

  • Carry ID with your name, emergency contact info, and medical info

  • If running/walking in poor visibility 

    • Wear light-colored and/or reflective clothing.  Reflective clothing between the waist and shoulders on the front and back that covers at least 50 square inches is ideal.

    • Wear a head lamp, but also remember to wear a light on your back as vehicles traveling behind you cannot see you.  A strobe style, continuously flashing at least 2” in diameter is the best.  

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