Guidelines for Group Running
Organized group runs throughout the year accomplish many goals for the club or training program; they bring people together, both seasoned and newer runners. They create a social atmosphere for the group that supports a runner’s training needs, and more. Organizing and leading a group run is an important responsibility. To help ensure your group runs are well organized and safe, the DBRC has issued the following guidelines for leading a group run. These guidelines focus on leading a group that has 10 or more people, however most of the advice still applies for smaller group runs of 5 to 10 people.
• Be prepared with what you need.– water, mobile phone, RP, money
• Be familiar with the route before you try to run it. It's not fair to expect other runners to make sure you don't get lost.
• Team Spirit – Runners are encouraged to look after others by:
- Front runners doubling back
- Appoint a sweeper
- And generally watching out for others well being
- The group should not leave runners behind without agreement from that lone runner
- If running on a road, face into the traffic
• Establish some rules upfront. Make sure everyone agrees to a certain set of rules before you head out. For example, do you wait for those who have to stop to use the toilet, or does the person who stops have to catch up? If everyone knows the basic rules beforehand, it will avoid possible conflict or misunderstandings during the run.
• Be Culturally Sensitive - Be aware of where you are running, and observe any specific rules and dress codes, especially during Ramadan. Remember that most of us are guests in this country.
• Do not run more than two abreast especially on busy roads, sidewalks, or in a park.
• Be mindful of your language.
• Leave your headphones – Music is anti-social when in a group and can be dangerous because listening to music means you'll be less aware of your surroundings and you won't be able to hear instructions from other runners in your group.