The countdown to the 2015 Comrades Marathon taking place on 31 May has begun. Many athletes around the country will be upping the ante in terms of training for this prestigious event. Given the time of year, and that the sun rises later and sets earlier, a private security company is urging runners to remember that while training is important, their safety is too.
“Exercising caution starts even before you leave your home,” said Adrian Good, General Manager: Subscriber Coastal, ADT Security. “If you are heading out to the gym or for a run, always inform someone of your whereabouts and expected return time. This way should anything happen and you are not home as scheduled, they can raise the alarm immediately.”
The safety of your family and home while you are out – even for just an hour or two – is also of utmost importance. Good advised that one should always double-check that the alarm system is activated and that the doors and gates are properly secured before leaving the premises.
He added that there are a number of additional precautions road-runners in particular can follow to enhance their safety while training for the big race day. Some of these include the following:
- Where possible, avoid running when it is dark outside.
- Vary your route and steer clear of quiet or unsafe areas.
- Never go jogging alone.
- Before you leave home ensure that your cell phone battery is charged.
- Take along sufficient money to be able to catch a bus or taxi, or make a phone call if necessary.
- Wear bright reflective clothing so that motorists are able to see you easily; reflective strips on your shoes are not sufficient.
- Never go out running while listening to music. This may prevent you from hearing an oncoming vehicle or a potential mugger.