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Education and Advocacy

To help educate and remind all runners to run safe, the RRCA is embarking on a yearlong, public-safety, awareness campaign starting with the launch of the Run Smart : Run Safe animated video developed by Space Chimp Media. This message is designed to remind both new and regular runners to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to never trust drivers on the road.

The RRCA’s goal is to get as many runners as possible, including youth, to view the message, enhance their personal safety efforts on the run, and to share the message with fellow runners. Clubs, training programs, and events are encouraged to embed this message in their websites, share it in newsletters, share with local media outlets, and more.  Be sure to pass it on!

Want to share the video with youth runners?  We recommend using our Vimeo version of the Run Smart : Run Safe message for showing during PE classes, at youth running programs, etc. 


Education and Advocacy Overview

Safety and access to the sport of running for individual runners has been a cornerstone of the RRCA since 1958. To help educate runners, the RRCA has developed a variety of guidelines and safety tips on various topics related to runners’ safety including our Guidelines for Leading a Group Run and Guidelines for Safe Event Management.  In addition, the RRCA has a training program that certifies individuals to be adult distance running coaches.  Learn more about the RRCA Coaching Certification program.

RRCA members and the general media are encouraged to share the safety tips and guidelines contained in this section. You may reproduce these items for use in newsletters, emails, magazine, news reports and more. Please quote the RRCA as your source for this information as we have been the leading voice the promotion of runners’ safety for over 50 years.

The RRCA partners with organizations and sponsors to develop and promote safety and grassroots advocacy campaigns that benefit the running community and promote a healthy lifestyle.

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