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How to Run Happy and Safe with Brooks Nightlife

Nightlife Vs. Regular Running Gear: How many runners do you see?

Nightlife Vs. Regular Running Gear: How many runners do you see?

How many times have you been driving to work before the sun has come up when seemingly out of nowhere appears a runner who is dressed in dark clothes and is hardly visible?

While neither state nor federal offices track car accidents specifically related to runners, last January, Runner’s World conducted a search of online reports and newspapers and discovered that nearly 20 runners were killed by either cars or trucks during the first 10 months of 2009. Click here for the complete article.

Below are several tips for how to stay safe during these dark winter months. The first and most important tip is to wear gear that is highly visible.

Brooks Nightlife vs. non-Nightlife at a distance of 10 feet

Brooks Nightlife vs. non-Nightlife at a distance of 10 feet

1. Wear Visible Gear

Because we want to help you run safe, we decided to test Brooks NightLife gear to see just how much more visible it is than your average running clothes. The result? The non-Nightlife running gear acted as very effective night time camouflage while the Nighlife gear glowed in comparison.

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2. Run Against Traffic

Light It Up!
Light It Up!

If you can’t avoid busy roads while running in dark, be sure to run against the flow of traffic on the shoulder or sidewalk. This will make it easier to see oncoming cars and react in case the driver is swerving or not paying attention to the road.

3. Run with a Cellphone, But Don’t Listen to Music

While jogging along to your favorite tunes may make running more enjoyable, try to avoid playing music while running at night. This will allow you hear traffic as it approaches. However, do run with your cellphone. This will allow you to call for help in case of emergency, such as rolling an ankle while running your favorite side street.

4. Run on Lit Streets

Plan out a route that is well lit and safe. Pick streets that are heavily populated with street lights and other pedestrians. During this festive time of year, try to find a neighborhood with lots of holiday lights to jog through. Also, be sure to trust your instincts. If a road or trail feels unsafe, choose another direction to run.

5. Run with a Light

Even if you are running on lit streets, bring something to light up the path in front of you. This will not only make you more visible to traffic and bikers, but will also help keep you from rolling an ankle or running into puddles. Similarly, if you’re worried about being visible to traffic approaching from behind, try out NightLife Hat. This hat includes a flashing rear L.E.D. light to help you be visible from all directions.

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Run Happy, Run Safe

Run Happy, Run Safe

What does it look like to run safe? Take a look at this video featuring Brooks nightlife gear.

About Kristen
Kristen has worked for Brooks since summer 2011 and is an addicted runner. She ran in the Big 10 conference for The Ohio State University where she recently finished her master’s degree in Communication. Kristen is now running half-marathons (with a PR of 1:18:41) and full marathons (2:45:46). Kristen is a 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.
1 Comments
  • Running with lights is the MOST important thing anyone can do to run safely in the dark.  I use a headlamp, a reflective vest that has 16 red blinking LEDs, and lots of reflective clothing. One thing I have noticed driving around in my car is that the reflective gear does not help the drive to see you at all if their headlights are not pointed DIRECTLY at the runner.  Think of how easy it is for a driver to not see you when they are flying out of their driveway in the winter with a frost/snow covered vehicle. Reflective gear will not help you in this situation, only lighting will help.