Years ago when I was a meteorologist living outside of Washington, DC, I would run before work. Nearly every morning, a large man wearing a bright, lime green shirt would pass me in his old, black car. He would honk. I would wave. We both would smile. It became a friendly routine that motivated me to get out the door to run.
When the time changed that fall, my morning run plunged into. On that first pre-dawn morning the man in green honked as he passed, but then slowed to a stop. At first I panicked. It was dark, and I was on a street without houses that backs up to the woods.
I slowed to a walk and kept a cautious distance as I neared the car. The man in the car rolled down the window and said: "Hi, my name is Earl, and I work for the State Highway Administration. I've got something for you."
He then handed me a bright orange and yellow safety vest like construction workers wear for visibility when they are repairing roadways. "This will keep you safe”, he said.
I thanked him as I put the vest on. It was about three sizes too big, but I tied the waist straps together to make it fit. Earl drove off with a wave.
Minutes later, I was running on a sidewalk approaching a particularly dangerous intersection where people turning right don’t think they need to stop even when their light is red. Before I had time to react, a speeding car screeched to a halt about 15 feet before the stoplight and waved me across the street. I was shocked at the driver's perception until I remembered I was wearing the vest. Mission accomplished, Earl!
Now every time I see someone in a safety vest, I think of Earl and how his random act of kindness made me understand the need to be extra-visible when I’m running in low-light conditions. You should too. Except now instead of wearing a bulky construction vest, there are lots of more comfortable vests and straps designed for runners and walkers (even dogs!). I promise that you won’t look silly wearing one. You’ll look safe!
Read on for our favorite tips and gear for running safe in the dark.
Be Seen, Be Safe
You’re no match for a car, so make sure drivers can see you. When you’re awake before the sun or out after it hits the horizon, being visible could save your life. But lights aren’t your only defense. Make sure you know how to stay safe in the dark with these tips.
Iconic Pop Art brings the New York City marathon to life on one of Brooks’ most beloved shoes. Inspired by the art of Roy Lichtenstein, the NYC Marathon Ghost 11 combines the rich history of art and the marathon in the Big Apple.
This super limited-edition shoe debuts on Friday – but you can order your pair now via this form.
Hoka One One - Clifton OG
For a limited time, the Clifton 1 is back exactly as it was when we first introduced it. This shoe is fast enough for race day but cushioned enough for long training miles. It features a lightweight, breathable upper and an EVA midsole for a soft, springy ride. With the same colors it released in, this shoe will take you back in time.
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Love trail running? This half marathon is for you. This double-loop course through the woods at Winding Trails is certain to be fast and beautiful as foliage is near peak. Run solo or as part of a two-person relay.
This family-friendly track meet is a fun introduction to the sport of Track & Field for kids aged 5 & up (adults too!). Events will focus on running, jumping and throwing skills and will be modified for age, safety and FUN!
The CT Trailmixers challenge you to run as many loops of a two-mile course as you like (can!) within 400 minutes. Course is a mix of single-track trail through the woods, grass, and gravel road at YMCA Camp Sloper. All levels of experience are welcome. REGISTER HERE>
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