Helpful tips to keep runners safe

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The weather is getting nice, and that means people are going to start putting out the running shoes.  While running is good exercise, it can be dangerous.

Steve Bowen, the Director at the NEA Wellness Clinic says the most important thing you can do is be aware of your surroundings.  Drivers are not always paying attention.  Runner Tyler Sowell says he recently almost had an encounter with a vehicle, "she's like turning left so she didn't want to move out of the way. We almost went in the middle of the car, and I had to jump out of the way."

Drivers need to be alert, but so do runners.  Bowen says wearing headphones is one of the worst things you can do.  It limits you from hearing traffic.  If you decided to listen to an iPod, keep the volume low.  It's also a good idea to wear protective gear or reflectors.  Run with a partner.  If that is not possible, make sure someone knows where you are.  Keep your ID in your shoe.   Runner Brian Agee says he knows someone who was approached by someone suspicious, "she was minding her own business doing what a lot of people do out here just jogging.  A vehicle kept approaching her and pulling away as she would get close to it.  At one point the gentleman got out of his vehicle and stripped down naked."