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Running outside? The do's and do not's during COVID-19 outbreak

Shelter-in-place guidelines allow outside activities, like running. The Road Runners Club of America recommends some basic do's and do not's when we're out on a run.

BRYAN, Texas — Since the coronavirus outbreak closed gyms across the country, many people are turning to exercising outside.

Shelter-in-place guidelines allow outside activities, like running. The Road Runners Club of America recommends some basic do's and do not's when we're out on a run.

  • Do practice social distancing.
    • RRCA said either run alone or make sure there space between runners.
    • The CDC recommends people should be about six-feet from one another.
  • Don't share a towel, food, water or anything else with anyone.
    • People also need to make sure to carry their own fluids and not use public water fountains.
  • Do alter your route or time of run if you see a lot people out on a trail.
    • Something else to keep in mind is sharing the trail and warn others if you are coming up to pass them.
  • Don't go out for a run or walk if you're feeling sick. 
    • Leaving your home while sick is a way to spread viruses.
  • Don't spit or 'snot rocket' in public. 
    • RRCA suggets bringing tissues or a towel if you need to get rid of some snot.
  • Do respect community regulations. 
    • If a park or trail is closed due to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders, be courteous and don't use them.
  • Don't post any pictures of group selfies on social media after a run.
    • Remember you should not be running in a group. 
    • The RRCA said if you do see people running in groups of three or more, remind them to practice their social distancing too.

Running groups around Aggieland, like the Brazos Runners Club, have canceled all runs and workouts until further notice. The club said it is to meet guidelines established by the CDC that prohibits gathering in groups larger than 10 or more people.

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