Road Running 101 with Mapaseka Makhanya and iLiveSafe (1/2)

By Drum Digital
11 May 2015

In lieu of this, Mapaseka, together with iLiveSafe, have put together ten safety tips for runners of all ages and all levels of competency.

Labelled as one of the unhealthiest nations in the entire world, South Africans are rapidly becoming more aware of what they put into their bodies and what exercises will give them the maximum benefits. On the back of this, many South Africans are taking up road running as their sport of choice, and eagerly participating in the many road races that the South African race calendar has to offer. But just like any other sport, road running has its hazards.

In lieu of this, Mapaseka, together with iLiveSafe, have put together ten safety tips for runners of all ages and all levels of competency:

Communicate

Never leave home without sending a sms or leaving a note for someone you’re accountable to. Remember to add the time you left when writing a note.

Identification

It’s a good idea to run with some sort of identification. iLiveSafe members have the benefit of wearing distinct yellow armbands, which is very easy for paramedics to identify and figure out.

Visibility

Motorists are often distracted by their surroundings and might not see you immediately, so make sure you wear high-visibility clothing as well as reflective gear. Invest in a headlamp or an armband with a flashing light if you plan to run at night.

Run towards the traffic

This way, it is easier to see oncoming traffic and move out of the way if need be. Motorists will see you more clearly, too.

Move over

When running on very narrow roads, or in heavy traffic, it’s a good idea to hop onto the pavement or shoulder of the road.

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