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Health Tip: Run Smart, Run Safe

(HealthDay News) -- The next time you go for a run or jog, staying safe should be your first concern.

The Road Runners Club of America offers these safety tips:

  • Don't wear headphones, which can reduce awareness of your surroundings.

  • Always run against traffic.

  • Follow all traffic signals and rules. Look both ways before crossing, making sure drivers acknowledge you.

  • Carry ID with you, or label the inside of your running shoes with your ID and medical information, including blood type.

  • Wear reflective gear when running at dusk, dawn or night.

  • Carry a phone and a noisemaker.

  • Run with a buddy, and vary your usual route in familiar areas.

  • Tell loved ones where you will be running. Avoid isolated or overgrown areas.

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