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by leandre on December 20, 2012 · 50 comments

in Giveaway Thursday!

Congratulations to Sarah M. who won last week’s GIVEAWAY. Given the opportunity, Sarah would return to and run the Great Wall. Right now, I’m yearning to revisit the mountains of Colorado for a good, long run. I lived there for several years but I wasn’t running nearly as much then. Looking back, I feel like I missed out on the opportunity to explore some beautiful trails on foot. (I explored them via mountain bike instead.)

Before I get today’s Giveaway, two quick reminders:

  • FirstRun registration is open, but the 2 entries-for-$30 deal ends December 26, 2012 so grab a friend and get registered today. And, if you were just thinking about how you wish you had done more to support your community this holiday season, know that you can make a donation to CVOEO’s “WARMTH” program right on the registration form.
  • We’re looking for a new Rookie! For the past two years local runners with aspirations to make the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon their first 26.2 has written a column on The RunDown called, “This Rookie’s Ramblings.”  Now it’s time to choose a new Rookie for 2013. The Rookie is sponsored by Green Mountain Running Medicine Shop and RunVermont. For more info on how we’ll select the Rookie and the incentive you need to start typing, read this post.

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OK, can someone out there enlighten me as to why so many runners I see out and about before the sun has risen, at dusk or after dusk AREN’T wearing headlamps +/or reflective gear?  Twice in the last week I’ve been driving at night and encountered a runner in the road with virtually no reflective gear or headlamp. In one case the runner passed in front of me; after slamming on the breaks, my 4-year old said from the back seat, “Yikes, momma. How come she didn’t have any shiny stuff on?”  Beats me, kiddo.

I think sometimes we forget how invisible we are when we run when it’s dark. Perhaps we assume that since we’re running mainly on the bikepath or sidewalks that we don’t really need to be seen, or that the wee bits of reflective fabric on our shoes is enough to alert a car to our crossing. You do, and it’s not.

Running with no reflection/lights isn’t just about safety, though. To me it’s also about letting fellow runners/dog-walkers/out for a stroll-ers see me. As someone who runs almost exclusively in the pre-dawn hours and occasionally alone, I’m very aware of my surroundings. Call it false security, but running on a path or sidewalk and seeing another figure coming toward me is made a heck of a lot less intimidating when that someone lights up a bit.

In the hopes of improving the safety and visibility of at least one more runner, this week we’re giving away a Princeton Tec Quad headlamp and Stash Headlamp Case. The Quad weighs in at a mere 96 grams and has the ability to use lithium AAA batteries (reducing the weight to just 82 grams). Four Regulated Ultrabright LEDs illuminate even the darkest of outdoor conditions with a powerful and wide beam. The Stash case will keep your headlamp protected and easy to find between uses.

You don’t run or walk  in the dark or don’t want to be seen? Headlamps are great for other things, too, like reading in bed when your partner wants to sleep, knitting in the car at night*, finding your way to the campsite bathroom in the wee hours, or discerning your beer from your friend’s hard lemonade in the cooler at said campsite.

*As a passenger, of course. We’re decidedly NOT advocating for knitting while driving.

To Enter:

Tell us what, if anything, you wear to be seen when you run. Don’t wear anything special or run in daylight only?  Fair enough, you’ll still have a chance to win.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to claim extra entries for Tweeting or FB’ing the GIVEAWAY, you must follow the rules below. Thank you!

The GIVEAWAY closes at 11:59pm Wednesday, December 26; we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, December 27.

* If you’re a follower of The Run Down, tell us so in an additional comment. (If you’re not a follower, subscribe using the RSS feed on top right of the blog and then leave a comment telling us you did it.)

* Tweet about the giveaway using hashtags #rvt and/or #vcm and leave one additional comment.

* Share the giveaway by clicking the “share” button just below the GIVEAWAY post on our Facebook page and leave one additional comment.

That’s right; you have the opportunity to get 4 entries into this giveaway!  (If you choose to take advantage of the extra entries be sure to submit an additional comment for each one.)

The rules/fine print:
* We use to select all winners…at random, from all the comments posted.
* There is no limit on the number of times a single person can win a prize.
* We ask that if you’re local, you pick up your prize.  If not, we’ll mail it (US and Canada only.)
* We contact all winners via email each Thursday; you have one week to reply to arrange pick-up/mailing of your prize.  If we haven’t heard from you within one week, we reserve the right to re-list the prize or choose another winner.

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chad December 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

I run with Knuckle Lights, reflective Hi-Viz vest, LEDs and most importantly my RoadID…driving through this blizzard in Wisconsin right now to see family seems ironic that the prize is a headlamp and I’m in whiteout conditions :-)

2 amyo December 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

I don’t know but it drives me crazy. The reflective vests are virtually weightless so put one on if you think you might be out at twilight.

3 Mike December 20, 2012 at 11:56 am

I have a light-up wristband and my dog has a light-up collar for dark runs.

4 Holly December 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

I do run mostly in the daytime, but even then, I try to stand out as much as possible! I always try to wear bright colored clothing and do not wear earphones. I like to be aware of whats going on around me as well !

5 Holly December 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

I am a follower !

6 Ashley December 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I run with a reflective vest and a headlamp… I would love to give my boyfriend a headlamp to use while running as well!

7 Ashley December 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I am a follower of the Run Down

8 T December 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I wear a headlight in front, a blinking red light on the back and a reflective yellow safety vest for running at night. I wish my headlight was a bit brighter though, I feel like its much better for being seen than seeing.

9 Shawn December 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I often run pre-dawn or post-dusk, basically non-family time hours. I wear a headlamp, that could certainly use replacement or an upgrade. I also wear an orange mesh vest with reflective strips on it. I have considered adding reflective additions to my shoes, but have not done so yet.

10 Shawn December 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I shared this on facebook.

11 Shawn December 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I just tweeted it with both hashtags.

12 Shawn December 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I follow this blog via RSS on Google Reader.

13 Melissa @ Green Mountain Runner December 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

To be seen I wear a reflective vest. Not the most fashionable but the worst fashion offense is definitely being road kill!

14 Melissa @ Green Mountain Runner December 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I am a follower of the run down :)

15 Melissa @ Green Mountain Runner December 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I just tweeted about the headlamp giveaway via twitter (@melpeabody)

16 John E December 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I run with a big, huge grin on my face that lights up the night!

17 Jen December 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

When I run at night, I wear my reflective vest, bright neon colors and reflective bands around my arms–to make sure I’m seen when I’m running! I also wear a headlamp, but it’s not very bright–would love a new one!

18 Jen December 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I also shared the FB post on my page!

19 Jen December 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm
20 Mike December 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

over 1/2 of my runs during the winter months are in the dark (5am)…I always wear a reflective vest over my running clothes and a ‘blinder” of a headlamp…wearing “light colored” clothing does not make you visible in the dark fellow runners…reflective, reflective, reflective is the word to survive running when the sun is gone. Oh yeah, like Chad stated..invest in a “road id” if the unmentionable happens, first responders will have a contact number and a heads up on any medical issues. I just purchased a road ID for my spouse…shhhhhh it’s a stocking stuffer. If you want bright..try an “Ultra Petzl” head lamp…I can see cotton tail rabbits a 100 yards away..and on economic mode the lamp easily lights up your next foot step

21 Chelsea P December 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

My big thing is blinkies! I also attached 2 to the back of my shirts.. at top and bottom. But I also tend to not run in pitch dark of night… maybe just twilight.

22 Dana M December 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Reflective vest and blinkie! 5am is DARK!

23 Dana M December 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Reflective vest and blinkie! It’s dark 5am!

24 Corey Burdick December 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Illuminite gloves, reflective vest, flashlight, and hat with reflective strips on it!

25 Corey Burdick December 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I’m a follower

26 Lesley December 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I wearthe most colorful layers I can find. Defiitely not a fashion statement but I want to be seen. Also when cars come a little too close to me, I wave my arms to make them aware of me.

27 Lesley December 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I’m a follower

28 Diana December 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I am fortunate to make my own schedule, so in the winter always try to run during the warmest, brightest time of day. Still, most of my route is along a busy state highway so I also always wear obnoxiously bright colors. Better a fashion disaster than some other kind.

29 Diana December 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

and I’m a follower

30 Kimmy T. December 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

reflective vest, reflective slap bracelet thinys on my ankles and knuckle lights if its really dark

31 meredith white December 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

reflective vest

32 Lauren Fowler December 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Neon jacket with reflectors, but I haven’t been running much at night. This would be great, so I could run more after work!

33 Laurie December 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I wear a reflective vest and get way off the road when a car comes when I have to run at night. Sometimes I carry a little flashlight but I usually do not. I have been thinking about the knuckle lights or a head lamp…

34 bob December 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I’m a headlamp and a red blinkie guy

35 jackie d December 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I am a wimp and usually run on the treadmill after dark. When I DO run in the dark, I have a really heavy cheapo headlamp, at least one blinkie light, and a reflective vest.

36 Rob Wray December 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Gotta blink and run to the pool of light….that you never catch

37 Kelly December 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

I wear bright colors, but a head lamp would be nice!

38 tim bomba December 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I wear a couple of Supernovas by Road I.D. You can usually see these puppies at least one-quarter mile away. Two of them on my back belt area of my running pants do a nice job. Only problem, is they are so bright, that when I run past the Los Angeles airport, the jets confuse me for a runway. (I’m not eligible to win anything, but thought to make the suggestion.)

39 Susan December 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

Wrist bands that I got free in NY from the New York Biking Club. Go on the wrists or the legs.

40 Susan December 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

Blog follower

41 rondah December 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I wear bright colored clothing

42 Anne W. December 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

I wear a reflective vest :)

43 Tony M December 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

Luckily, I can run at lunch when I am at work during the day. If I run in the evenings, I wear a headlamp, a blinky, and my new, garish lime-green jacket (providing drivers of rampaging Volvos at least 2.5 square feet of brighly coloured target area), and try to find the least-traveled roads I can to run on.

In the grand scheme of things, I would prefer to run in the moonlight and as far away from the road as I could get with no lights…much more peaceful that way.

44 lisa fine December 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I wear brightly colored clothes to be seen, and while I haven’t run at night, I do go for walks at night and make sure to wear a headlamp and bright clothes.

45 Danielle K December 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I mostly run during the day, but when I run at night I try to wear white or bright colored clothing

46 Rick December 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Mostly run in daylight but if I do run in the dark I wear a reflective vest.

47 Rick December 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Shared on FB

48 Rick December 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I’m a follower

49 krissy December 31, 2012 at 8:31 am

I usually run during the day time, the one time I ran at night was in a race and I had a vest reflective light and headlamp on.

50 krissy December 31, 2012 at 8:32 am

Im a follower

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