Did you know most runners and walkers love a friendly wave or shout out? For me, training is usually a very solitary experience, and I feel camaraderie and even a little bit of motivation when someone else out there running or getting their 10,000 daily steps in sends a nod in my direction.


Today's Guest Blogger Laura McElrath, operations director for the Akron Marathon, notes that among a list of helpful etiquette points:

For those new to training and attending races there are a few rules of the road. Whether you are running or walking, training or participating in a race, the following tips will help everyone have a smooth experience.


* Start at the appropriate location during training runs and races based on how fast you plan to run. Walkers should line up at the back or based on speed (pace per mile: 10-minute mile, 12-minute mile, etc.). The Akron Marathon Race Series provides pace per mile signs along the starting line corral to help line up by pace. This way, you are running or walking at a similar pace with those around you.


* Always stay to the right side and pass on the left. Protocol is to call out that you are passing on the left when approaching. On race day, it is always nice to pass with a motivational comment like ‘keep it up.’


* If you listen to music use ear buds. When training on the roads and on race day, it is recommended to only put one ear bud in your ear so you can still hear course alerts and/or vehicles.


* If you stop to walk, take a selfie or tie your shoe, be sure to move off to the side of the road first and make sure there is no one running behind you.


* Walking or running with a friend or group? Be sure that you walk or run no more than two abreast so others can pass if needed.


* For safety purposes, run/walk against the flow of traffic if you are training on the roads.


* Be friendly! Strike up a conversation, wave or shout out ‘morning!’ as you pass your fellow walkers or runners. Training is a great way to meet training partners.


Find a more complete list of do’s and don’ts covering pre-race and race day here: http://www.rrca.org/education/etiquette-for-runners


- Laura