In light of recent attacks and murders of runners in the Northeast last week I thought it was a good time to write a piece on how important everyone’s personal safety is in the times we live in today. When I first started RunSafer 4 years ago I never thought I would read and hear about so many scary and tragic stories about individuals being assaulted while out exercising. Below are some tips to keep you safer as you head out the door for your next walk, jog or run!
1. Try to choose a route that is well populated.
2. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If something doesn’t look right get away from that area as soon as you can. The gut feeling is usually always correct.
3. Try to buddy up and have a training partner, power in numbers is a great way to deter a possible attack. Most assaults occur when individuals are alone.
4. Always contact local running specialty stores when not sure where to exercise. They are a great resource to put you in a safe environment to get your miles in especially if your in a unfamiliar location.
5. Get self defense training by a credible instructor and protect yourself. I believe everyone should be as prepared as possible.
If you would like to learn more tips and safety techniques please go to RunSafer.com.
BE PREPARED BE SAFE
Todd Williams - RUNSAFER
January of 2013 Todd combined his two passions, running and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, to create RunSafer. RunSafer's purpose is to educate all individuals, from kids to adults, on the importance of self-defense and safety awareness. As the only man in the world to achieve Olympian status (1992-1996) on the track, and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt (January 2011) on the mat he brings a unique combination of experience. Please take a look inside RunSafer to see how it can be a benefit to you.
Two Time Olympian 10K
Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu