Whatever the race, whatever the pace, manners matter!
In the interest of promoting an enjoyable running and racing experience for everyone, the RRCA encourages good runners’ etiquette on course.
Group Run, Trail & Track Etiquette
- Show up on time for a scheduled group run and bring your best attitude with you. Positivity is contagious.
- Understand the purpose of the group run goals and distances so you can ensure it is the right fit for your training and social needs.
- Sign-in, if that is a requirement, for the group run or training program session. This helps group leaders know who is participating in the day's training run.
- Determine your pace-group before you get going. It's okay to speed up or slow down, but be mindful about what pace you will be most comfortable sustaining over the full distance of the route. Be mindful of runners behind you if you need to take a walk break.
- Stick to the designated route outlined for the group run. Keep in mind, in most areas, you must run/walk on the sidewalk and not in the street if sidewalks are available.
- Be engaged with the group. Leave the headphones at home. Provide encouragement to fellow runners. Be mindful about your language and conversation topics. Respect and follow the groups code of conduct.
Don’t run more than two abreast, especially on busy roads, sidewalks, or multi-use trails. The goal is to share the roads/trails, not hog them.