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Trail direction for runners?
« on: August 04, 2016, 02:41:02 PM »
Today I decided to run instead of bike. Which direction is the official way for runners? Is it better to run backwards similar to running on the left side of the road? This allows you to see oncoming bikes and get out of the way. Or do you turn your back and run with the traffic flow and wait for Strava Guy to run you down? As a biker I am frustrated with runners and walkers not paying attention to what is behind them. But after running backwards today I feel going the normal direction might be better. Not looking to start a biker vs. runner war but comments would be appreciated.


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Re: Trail direction for runners?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2016, 02:52:21 PM »
There is no official direction for hikers or trail runners.  I personally would run opposite so that I can be active and helping with passing. But it seems to be a 50/50 split on with direction runners prefer to go.
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Re: Trail direction for runners?
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2016, 11:51:20 AM »
I run a lot on mtb trails, and I think it's best WITH traffic especially if you are a moderate to fast runner. You will have far fewer encounters with riders, and there is more time to react.


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