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running The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running  

Elise Hennigan
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List Rules Vote for the runner's etiquette tip that you wish everyone knew and followed!

Running may not be a full-contact sport, but runners definitely get up in each other's business. Whether you're barreling through a 5k run or just sharing a running trail, your actions can have a real effect on someone else's experience. What running tips and guidelines do you wish other runners followed? Weigh in!

If you run marathons, 10k races or even if you just casually walk so you have a reason to wear running accessories, you probably have an opinion on this. These unspoken running rules will help beginners learn the dos and don'ts, and remind veterans how to be courteous while out jogging and running. After you read these etiquette rules, add any that are missing and most importantly, go out and follow them!
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Move Out of the Way of the Oth... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
megnhagerty added Move Out of the Way of the Other Participants If You Need to Tie Your Shoelaces. Please!

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If You're Walking a Race, Plea... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
If You're Walking a Race, Please Please PLEASE Don't Start in Front.

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If You Grab a Cup From an Aid ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
If You Grab a Cup From an Aid Station, Drop It Down By Your Waist Rather Than Throwing It Over Your Shoulder

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Yield the Right of Way to All ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Yield the Right of Way to All Police and Emergency Vehicles

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Run In a Straight Line If Poss... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Run In a Straight Line If Possible, People May Be Trying to Pass You

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Say Thank You to the Volunteer... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Say Thank You to the Volunteers at the Aid Stations

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If You Need to Grab Water, Don... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
If You Need to Grab Water, Don't Just Stop. . . You'll Cause a Pile Up! Clear the Way!

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Parents: Keep Your Kids Away f... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Parents: Keep Your Kids Away from the Starting Line!

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If People Are Trying to Pass Y... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
If People Are Trying to Pass You, Let Them!

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Always Check If Anyone Is Behi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Always Check If Anyone Is Behind You Before You Unleash a Snot Rocket.

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If You Win an Award in a Race,... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
If You Win an Award in a Race, Stay for the Ceremony

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Run Against Traffic If You're ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Run Against Traffic If You're Running on the Road

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Don't Litter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Don't Litter

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People Running With Friends: D... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
People Running With Friends: Do You All Really Need to Run Shoulder to Shoulder?

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Once You Cross the Finish Line... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Once You Cross the Finish Line, Keep Moving Forward Until the End of the Finish Chute

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Register for Running Events Be... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Register for Running Events Beforehand Whenever Possible

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Don't Run in the Middle of the... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Don't Run in the Middle of the Trail or Road! (Duh)

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Arrive Early If You Are Runnin... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Arrive Early If You Are Running a Race

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Travel on the Right and Pass o... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Travel on the Right and Pass on the Left

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Alert People When You Are Pass... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Alert People When You Are Passing Them, Especially If Space Is Tight

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Stop At Stop Signs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Stop At Stop Signs

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Don't Run With Headphones In is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useful Unspoken Rules About Running
Don't Run With Headphones In