Whether you run to compete or simply to stay fit, you cherish your running time and the empowerment running gives you. Lots of people feel the same. Unfortunately runners have occasionally been intimidated, harassed and even assaulted both on and off the campus.
- Stay alert at all times. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable. Don't wear headphones; you may not be able to hear approaching vehicles or an approaching attacker.
- Avoid wearing jewelry, carry identification and know the location of telephones along your route. Tell family and friends of your favorite running routes and write down or leave word of the direction of your run.
- Run in familiar areas avoiding unpopulated locations.
- When walking or running, especially at night, try to go with one or more friends.
- At night, wear reflective material, use lighted and well-traveled roadways and avoid the athletic fields and the path along Paradise Pond. Be cautious about walking or running the campus periphery at night.
- Trust your intuition about an area or a person. Avoid them if you are unsure. Use discretion in acknowledging verbal harassment by strangers. Project calmness and strength, keep your distance and keep moving.
- Be vigilant on-campus. Call the Campus Police Department or off-campus the local police department immediately if something happens to you or someone else, or if you notice anyone or anything out of the ordinary.
Run with confidence, and with caution.