Staying Visible While Running

Staying Visible While Running

Running is one of the healthiest forms of exercise. According to the American College of Cardiology, running for just 10 minutes every day can extend your life by several years. While it’s often more peaceful to run on a designated jogging trail or park, it’s common for most of us to run where motorists travel. Here are some top tips & techniques you should keep in mind on your next run to ensure others on the road see you.

Dress for the Time of Day

What you wear makes a big difference when it comes to visibility. Choose your outfit according to the time of day you intend to run:

Daytime runners should wear at least one piece of florescent clothing. Think bright yellows, oranges, and greens here. While running at night, try wearing something that’s reflective. It’s hard to see anything at night, but reflective clothing is easily seen with a car’s headlights.

Carry a Light

Speaking of running at night, always have a flashlight on hand. Flashlights are useful for two reasons—a bouncing light is often easier for motorists to see, and it’ll help you see uneven pavement or potential hazards on the sidewalk. Tripping or falling on uneven sidewalks was the #1 cause of pedestrian injuries in 2012, accounting for 24% of cases.

Run in Groups!

Two runners are easier to see than one. Three runners is a downright crowd! If you want to make sure motorists give you space, run in a group. Just try not to run more than two abreast to not be a sidewalk hog.

Stick to the Sidewalk

Sidewalks are usually safer bets when running. You’ll have almost no chance of getting hit by a car when running on sidewalks. Just keep in mind that you should be vocal when overtaking pedestrians. Don’t expect anyone to stay aware of their surroundings—a simple “on your left” will do wonders for making sure pedestrians don’t step in front of you last-minute. If you’re running in an area with no sidewalk….

Run Against Traffic

There is no federal law stating which side of the road you should run on, so the choice is yours. If you don’t already make it a habit to run against traffic, you should start. Running against traffic isn’t necessarily about giving motorists more time to see you, but it’s so you have time to dive out of the way if a car approaches quickly.

Follow Traffic Lights at Intersections

While it might be tempting to just run through most intersections, keep in mind that cars travel much faster than you, and you’re a lot harder to see than another vehicle. Follow all traffic lights as you would if you were driving a car. When running through intersections, it’s also a good idea to ensure a motorist sees you. Waiting for him to make eye contact and wave, or waving to the motorist yourself are good ways to ensure the path is clear at intersections.

These are just a few tips you can incorporate into your next run—what are some of your favorite ways to stay seen by motorists?


This article was created by Personal Injury Help (,) an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice, and it is intended for informational use only. Be sure to review your running ordinances to ensure you run safe and legally.

Big Pete’s Classic and the Triple Crown Series

Back for 2016, Big Pete’s 8K is the Road Runners Club of America 2016 8K Louisiana State Championship.

Also new is the Cajun Road Runners Triple Crown Series. Starting with Big Pete’s, including Cajun Cup and finsihing with the Al Comeaux LA-10.  The Triple Crown Series starts with and 8K, progresses to our signature 10K and fisishes with our 10 mile event in Miltion, LA.

Why would I sign up for all 3 events ?

  1. 3 great races 1 low price.
  2. 3 different distances, all with differnt venues in Lafayette Parish.
  3. Help you in your training progressing to half or full marathon distance.
  4. 1 great finishers medal to all who register and complete the 3 evnets.

3 Events of the Triple Crown Series

Cajun Road Runners Triple Crown Series Registration

Big Pete’s Registration                 Cajun Cup Registration               Al Comeaux LA-10
          $30 – $35                                        $30 – $45                                          $40 – $45

CTC 5KolorRun in Crowley

The Crowley Town Club 5KolorRun will take place in Crowley, Louisiana on October 8th, 2016.  The event is a 5K Run/Walk.  This is our second KolorRun event and we are very excited about it.  A portion of your entry fee is going for a great cause!!!  OncoLogics is a local cancer treatment facility in Crowley.  The Louisiana Foundation for Cancer Care, LLC helps needy patients pay for their treatments.

You do not need to be an experienced runner for this event.  This is a not a timed event.  Please do not feel the need to keep up with experienced runners.  You can run the whole event, run/walk, or just plain walk.  We invite all to come to have a good time, enjoy competing if you like and if not, just enjoy the comradery of participating for a good cause.

Colored powder will be thrown at each “K” that the participants reach.  Cancer patients, their families and friends will be throwing the various colors.  All color powder is certified non-toxic and heavy metal free. The colors are made from cornstarch and dye.  You will of course want to keep it out of your eyes, nose and mouth.  Our color throwers will make sure to aim low as you pass by.  Runners are highly encouraged to wear glasses or goggles for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths.  A white T-Shirt is included with the event (and will be in your packet pick up) for you to wear during the run.

Yes, the color may stain your clothing.  We cannot guarantee that this will not happen.  It is recommended that you use a towel for your car after the race or even change your clothing.  Some runners cover their hair with a hat or bandanna.  Others just pull long hair back in a ponytail so that the majority of the surface is not visible.  We have even heard of runners putting Coconut Oil or Conditioner in their visible hair so that they can wash the color out quicker.  We will have an air blown cleaning station at the event in case you would like to clean yourself up.  It is recommended that you cover your phone or camera with plastic wrap if you are near any color being thrown.

Children are welcome, but, understand that you are responsible for eye protection.    We are not liable if your child inhales the color or if the color gets in their eyes.  Children six and olderwill need to register and wear a race bib.  We love pets, but they are not allowed at or in the event nor are they allowed to participate.  If you are pregnant, asthmatic, have a heart condition, cancer, or any health issue you should clear your participation with your doctor first.

There will be no refunds for the run.  With the incredible expense to put on the run we cannot issue refunds.  In the unfortunate event that the race cannot take place on the date set, we will have the race on an alternate date.  If rain is spotty on the day of the race, we will race after the weather clears.

Packet Pick UP will begin at 7:45am until ten minutes before race time.  Race time is at 9am. Please arrive timely so that this process runs smoothly.  Parking will be on side streets, The Crowley Town Club parking lot, OncoLogics Parking Lot, etc.  Please do not block any driveways in residential areas.  You will need to make sure to have a valid ID and your waiver signed.