Safe in 60: Advice for Joggers

Aug 13, 2018, 7:00 AM | Updated: 1:58 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — As summer comes to an end and days get shorter, those who love to exercise outside are more likely to do it in the dark.

As you run or jog, please remember a few things to keep you safe.

If you listen to music, only wear one headphone or turn the volume down. While it’s nice to get into that zone and tune out distractions, it can also cause safety issues if you can’t hear traffic or dangers on a secluded trail.

If you run on the road and not a sidewalk, always run against traffic so you can see cars coming toward you.

If you run at night, do so in a well-lit, populated area. Make yourself very visible by wearing reflective gear or use a runner’s light.

Avoid jogging in secluded areas alone. Join a running group, bring your dog or recruit a friend to run with you. There is safety in numbers.

Let a loved one know the route you will be running and your expected time to return. Carry your phone and ID just in case.

Consider carrying a personal alarm that makes noise to attract attention. You would be amazed at how well this works as a deterrent. If you carry pepper spray, make sure you know exactly how to use it.

Learn some self-defense techniques to protect yourself if you are attacked. Not only with this provide some protection, it will train you to fight back if you are attacked rather than freeze.

Always be aware of your surroundings. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from a victim “he came out of nowhere”. The more aware you are the less likely you are to become a victim.

Bottom line: don’t be an easy target. Listen to your instincts.

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