Night Running

As we move farther into winter and the days become shorter, most of us will have to run a few miles at night, in the dark. Running at night offers new challenges and a totally different experience. Night running is exhilarating, different, fun, scary and rewarding. We want you all to continue running throughout the winter and the shorter days in order to experience the joy of night running. However, we want you to be safe.

We checked in with the former safety director of Ragnar Relay, Bruce Matheson, for his top suggestions on how to safely enjoy night running.

Bruce recommends that you run with a headlamp, reflective vest or gear and a LED tail light. In street clothes at night, you are only visible to drivers up to 100 feet. Most reflective vests make it so runners become visible to drivers up to 1200+ feet. (see pictures below) Adding headlamps and flashing LED tail-lights provides increased visibility and safety. He recommends that all runners have reflective gear and LED lights even when running in parks.

When running on the road, he recommends that runners run against traffic. Running against traffic ensures better visibility for automobiles, cyclists, and runners. Listening to music with headphones while running can be dangerous. Runners need to be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. Make your winter, nighttime runs music free.

Additionally, it's a good idea to carry a cell phone while running and make sure someone knows where you plan to run. Always carry your ID while running. An ID tag, such as Road ID, which states medical conditions/history is also extremely useful.

Runners, be safe, run safe and get out there and run - day AND night!

(photos courtesy of Ragnar Events)

Runner, 150 feet away, without reflective gear

Runner, 150 feet away, with reflective gear