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Runner Safety Blog Series:
Today, I am going to share with you some safety tips pre and during your traveling. Within the excitement of traveling to and from a race, we can often forget that we still need to be diligent with our privacy and safety.
Don’t post your hotel information on social media. That includes no location tagging or obvious signs of where you are. Just as not posting your training courses so people know where you live or work, etc – you don’t want people knowing where you are staying the next few days. I will never forget my first-ever runcation. It was the Surf City in 2012, I walked into my hotel lobby and there was a person arguing with the hotel desk about where is a certain person. They were demanding to know where they were and they had proof they were in that hotel (showed them a Facebook post). Come to find out, the argumentative person was not a friend nor a relative of the person in question. That was a game changer. I have never posted where I am staying on social media since that day.
Same as your hotel, don’t post your travel plans. Why does anyone need to know what your flight information is?
Always, always – complete the medical information on the back of the bib. For emergency contact, I make sure it is someone at the race who can reach my family if needed. While I could put my family on the bib, having someone nearby is much better in the event of an emergency.
Before you depart, make sure your family knows your hotel information and at least one other phone number they can find you if need. Such as a running buddy, friend or your coach. Sometimes cell phones don’t work, so a back up plan for the family to get in touch with you is wise.
It is never good to be paranoid, but one should also be mindful of your trip and keeping yourself safe. Why spend your time worrying about safety when you should be focusing on the big race day!