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.
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.
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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.)