Safety Tips from Coach Mark

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on August 31, 2020 # Team Reeve

Short and Sweet: Be responsible for your own safety while training or competing.

There are many websites devoted to being and staying safe on the roads, but here are some tips that work for all.

Runners and Walkers: ALWAYS run or walk AGAINST traffic.

Wheelchair athletes:

  • ALWAYS ride WITH traffic.
  • Use a tail flag with strobe.
  • Wear a HELMET!
  • Safety lights spoke lights, and a headlight should be used.
  • Make sure your equipment is in working order (brakes, gears, shifters).


  • Utilize parks when possible.
  • Warm-up before you start.
  • Choose a safe setting. Morning is best, as it is cooler. Midday generally has less vehicular traffic.
  • Wear reflective clothing at dusk, early morning, or in the evening. Bright clothing always makes sense.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

I generally recommend that you do not use headphones as they can be a distraction. OBEY traffic laws, signs, and signals. Use sunscreen and wear a hat when necessary.

GENERAL ADVICE for ALL:Coach Mark tips

  • Roll or Run/Walk with a buddy.
  • DRINK Water regularly before, during, and after each training session.
  • Stretch and cool down after each session.
  • Bring your cell phone.
  • Take photos for fundraising/promotional purposes.

Come back for more tips to prepare yourself for the Reeve Run & Roll virtual 5k on October 17. Your participation and support are critical to helping deliver effective treatments and advancing groundbreaking science toward cures -- and giving millions of people hope. Register yourself or a team today.

See you at the finish line.

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