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Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years, 11 months ago

Track Etiquette


A brief description of track do's and don't's:


  • If you have the track to yourself, do whatever you want
  • If you are sharing the track, you should generally run counter-clockwise
  • Move to the outside lane for walking or recovery jogging


What happens on the inside lanes varies a bit by location and by the group working out. At some tracks, slower runners yield Lane 1, the innermost lane, to faster runners, and are expected to get out of the way if an approaching runners yells "TRACK!". At other tracks and during more organized "club" workouts, anyone running at pace has the right to the inside lane and faster runners pass slower runners exclusively on the outside - as in a race. This puts the obligation of moving on the runner with the best view of the situation.


Here's another list of rules suggested on the Track forum:

  1. Always look "up-track" (toward where runners would come from) before stepping onto the track. ALWAYS.
  2. In a race, you cannot drift outward to prevent someone from passing.
  3. In a race, if you are going to be lapped, it is courtesy (though not strictly required except where mandated by meet directors) to move out to lane 2 and allow the faster runners to pass if you can do so without impeding their progress (ie waiting until they're too close).
  4. Warmups, cooldowns and all running where strict distance measurement is not required should be done in outer lanes (not 1 and preferably not 2) in order to lessen wear and tear on the track.
  5. If two or more groups are doing workouts on the track at the same time, give right-of-way to the faster group. They cannot stop or move quickly enough to avoid a collision is a slower runner suddenly stops or changes lanes in front of them. This is a matter of safety, not one group being more important than the other.
  6. If you are in the faster group, be considerate to the slower runners. If workouts allow, each group should consider negotiating choosing a set of lanes so both groups can work out together smoothly.
  7. Never socialize on the track when other runners are present. Move it to the infield.
  8. When other groups are working out on the track, don't run 3-4 abreast and dominate the track. If others must pass you, it is very inconsiderate. Run in a line (applies to sidewalks too).


Information about track dimensions is here.

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