As we eagerly kick off the 2024 Salis Track Club Season, it's crucial to focus on what matters most: the safety and well-being of our athletes. Whether you're a seasoned runner or lacing up your spikes for the first time, understanding and adhering to track safety and etiquette ensures a positive and injury-free experience for everyone.
Be ready to run when the workout begins. Rushing to the track at the last minute does not allow time for a proper warmup and can be distracting to others as they are receiving last minute instructions about the workout.
KNOW THE LANES
Tracks are designed with multiple lanes, each serving a different purpose. Typically, the innermost lanes (L1, L2) are reserved for faster, more competitive runners or those doing speed work. If you're warming up, cooling down, or running at a slower pace, use the outer lanes or simply step off the track onto the infield to recover. This helps prevent congestion and collisions.
LOOK BOTH WAYS
Just like crossing a street, always look both ways before stepping onto the track. Runners may be approaching at high speeds, and an unexpected move can cause accidents. Be especially cautious when merging or changing lanes.
Most tracks require runners to move in a counter-clockwise direction. However, some tracks may designate certain days for clockwise running to evenly distribute wear on the track and athletes' legs. Pay attention to posted signs or the direction in which most runners are moving.
If you need to pass someone, do so on their right and give a gentle verbal cue like "on your right." This warns the other runner and prevents startling them. Once past, merge back into your lane smoothly and avoid cutting in too sharply. Keep in mind, track workouts are not races. If you are overtaken, it is not a cue for you to speed up to prevent a runner from passing you.
STAY ALERT AND UNPLUGGED
While music can be a great motivator, using headphones on the track can be risky. It's essential to be aware of your surroundings and able to hear cues from other runners. As our numbers are grown, to ensure we maintain a safe environment for yourself and other, we have a strict no headphone policy during workouts.
RESPECT PERSONAL SPACE
Keep a safe distance from other runners. This not only respects personal space but also reduces the risk of tripping or bumping into someone.
HYDRATION AND NUTRITION
Ensure you're well-hydrated and have eaten appropriately before hitting the track. A great practice is to drink 16oz of water first thing after waking up in the morning. Adding Salis Electrolytes can be a great addition to your routine, providing long-lasting hydration without upsetting your stomach.
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Unfortunately, it seems most people are unaware of the rules of the track resulting in a dangerous environment for all. It is your responsibility to be stay alert at all times and to prevent accidents in injury.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Bring your own water bottles, towels, and any other equipment you might need. Be sure to take everything with you when you leave, keeping the track clean and safe for others.
ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT
The Salis Track Club prides itself on our positive and inclusive environment for all of our athletes. Encourage fellow runners and support each other in your training goals. Our athletes tell us that one of their favorite things about Salis Track Club workouts is the supportive community for runners of every ability.
By adhering to these simple yet vital guidelines, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable season for all our athletes. It Matters!