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Runner Safety (Run Aware)

Races

The official club position is that headphones are strongly discouraged while strollers or dogs are prohibited in any club race. Using/running with any of these while participating in a club race constitutes a potential hazard and compromises the safe conduct of the race. The Board also notes that RRCA discourages all of these at RRCA-sanctioned races. Race directors will ensure that warnings are given in all race literature, information on the club website and pre-race announcements regarding the use of headphones, strollers or dogs. Whenever feasible, race directors may disqualify runners for violating this policy.

Club Training Programs

The club discourages the use of headphones or running with dogs while runners are engaged in a club training program. An exception is made for strollers, as long as they are appropriate for the training activity setting and do not pose a safety threat, as judged by the program director or head coach. The program director or head coach has discretion in identifying potential safety hazards and taking appropriate action, although the Board suggests consulting with its Training Program Liaison before any sanctions are imposed.

Club Workouts

The club discourages the use of headphones or running with dogs while runners are engaged in any club workout, such as the weekly track workouts or the weekend long runs. An exception is made for strollers, as long as they are appropriate for the workout setting and do not pose a safety threat, as judged by the workout coordinator. The workout coordinator has discretion in identifying potential safety hazards and taking appropriate action, although the Board suggests consulting with its Workout Liaison before any sanctions are imposed

(Board Reviewed & Updated, February 2018)