Local runners offer tips to stay safe on roads and trails

SPOKANE, Wash. — For some women, going for a run or walk alone can be scary.

Especially when reports of violent attacks circulate, like what happened on the Centennial Trail earlier this summer.

That’s why Fleet Feet Spokane is hosting a Runner’s Safety Clinic this Thursday, September 22.

The clinic is free, open to anyone, not just women, and will be at the Kendall Yards store (1350 W Summit Pkwy.) at 5:30 p.m.

Speaking at the clinic will be Officer Erin Blessing, an SPD officer and fellow female runner.

She will have tips on how to stay safe on the road and trails run after run.

Here are a few tips Blessing shared with 4 News Now ahead of the clinic:

  • Run with a buddy if you can
  • Keep your hands free (wear a running vest or fanny pack to hold belongings)
  • Pay attention to your surroundings
  • If you see someone that makes you feel uncomfortable, listen to your gut and go a different way

The team at Fleet Feet Spokane will also talk about safety gear sold at the store so you can pack extra safety and confidence on an early morning or evening run.

Make sure to bring your questions too for a Q & A at the end!

For more information, follow Fleet Feet Spokane on Facebook.