LRC RUNNING ETIQUETTE
Runners need to observe good etiquette when using the footpath.
STAY TO THE LEFT UNLESS YOU ARE PASSING
Always keep to the left of the path that you are using. Same rules as the Road. Remember there will always be someone behind you that wants to pass you be that a runner, walker, bike etc. AND there is always going to be someone coming towards you. PLEASE STAY LEFT and DON'T TAKE UP THE WHOLE ROAD.
If you're running with a group, try not to run more than two abreast, so others can pass you.
Don’t carry loose change or a set of keys in your pocket. Although it may not bother you, the constant jingling can be really annoying to those who are running near you. Leave them in a safe place at the starting point of your run.
USE CAUTION WHEN WEARING HEADPHONES
A lot of runners can't run without their music. But, for your and other runners' safety, you should make sure you can still hear what happening around you. Keep the volume low or run with one earbud out so you can hear warnings from other runners/bikes etc when you are on the path or roadway.
NEVER STOP SUDDENLY IN THE MIDDLE OF A RUN
If you need to stop to tie your shoe or stretch, move over to the side of the road or path first. Make sure you look before moving over to the side to make sure you are not cutting someone off.
RUN AGAINST TRAFFIC
Runners should travel on the right side of the road, facing traffic, so you can see and be seen by oncoming vehicles. That is, except when you're approaching a blind 50 metres before the curve, cross to the right side of the road. When the road straightens (and traffic permits), return to the right side.
YOU'RE ONLY AS FAST AS YOUR SLOWEST RUNNING PARTNER
Be courteous when running with others who are slower than you-especially if you're running together at their invitation. To avoid subconsciously pushing the pace, make a point to remain half a step or more behind whoever is running at the front.
LEAVE THE IPOD AT HOME FOR A GROUP RUN
Listening to music is a great energy boost, but if you're joining others to run, it's rude to wear headphones. Plain and simple.
ACKNOWLEDGE FELLOW RUNNERS
This one is up for debate, but some runners feel snubbed when others don't make a gesture of recognition. Brief eye contact and a quick nod or smile will do the trick.
STAND STILL AT RED LIGHTS
Sharks die when they stop moving. Runners do not. Keep this in mind next time you encounter a don't walk sign at a busy intersection. There's no need to jog in place or dance from foot to foot like you have to pee. Stop your watch and just chill.
WARN BEFORE PASSING SOMEONE
The idea is for you to give the other person's brain enough time to process the warning before the actual passing occurs. The warning can take a number of forms, like a cough or a verbal heads-up like "Excuse me!" or "Passing on your right!"
Runners ingest a fair amount of healthy foods, which produce gas in the GI tract, where it cannot stay forever. Passing gas while running is excusable and inevitable. If a runner has clearly taken pains to mask flatulence, the polite thing is to pretend nothing happened.