Tips for Running in the Dark this Winter

The winter season poses  a lot of challenge to runners.  Aside from the freezing  temperature outside, this season also has shorter day  which leaves runners no choice but to run even it’s  still dark.  Being outside in the dark exposes runners to variety of dangers like speeding cars, gangs, and higher chances of tripping over, to name some.  Here are some guidelines to keep safe when running in the dark, be it  a night or an early morning run.

Racing after dark is an entirely different sensation. After-dark races have been popping up all over the place in recent years. Some are organized as traditional races, while others have a glow-in-the-dark theme. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon will send runners down the Las Vegas strip once again, while the Honolulu Marathon continues its before-dark 5 a.m. start near Waikiki Beach.

“It’s cool, something different than what you’re used to,” says Ted Woodward, a marathoner from San Francisco who’s training for Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon. “Most of the races I’ve done have been during the day, but running at night has a fun vibe to it.”


November is Running Safety Month and there is no better way to celebrate than to go for a run. But as daylight savings ends, sunlit days get shorter and going for a run before dawn or after dusk may be the only time to squeeze in a few miles. Use these tips to stay safe when running in the dark.

✔ Wear bright, reflective clothing, head- lamps and glow-in-the dark items that all make it much easier for drivers to spot you.


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