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Tips for running safely outdoors

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Stacia Corona ran the Crazylegs Classic Saturday. It's just one of many races she does each year and she says she's excited to start her training outdoors.

“In winter in Wisconsin, I run on the treadmill from about December through march,” Corona said. “It feels so good to be outside.”

But hitting the trails and paths does mean runners need to be thinking about safety.

“I usually bring my cell phone in a little waist strap,” Corona said.

“You should also try to plan out your route so you are in highly concentrated areas where people are,” said Howard Payne with the Madison Police Department. “That way we could back track if something were to happen, it would be a lot easier for us to figure out where someone went in the event of some situation.”

Police say it's best not to run with ear phones but if you are going to listen to music, make sure the volume is low enough so you can hear what's going on around you.

“People throw their earbuds in and want to listen to music and I understand how convenient that might be but it also distracts you from hearing if people are coming up from behind you or the side,” Payne said.

Sydney McClure says she hits the trails three times a week to prepare for races like Crazylegs, but she times her runs so she's not alone.

“I try to pick a time that's more safe,” McClure said. “I've heard sunrise and sunset, that's not a great time to go running so usually middle of the afternoon when there are a lot of people around.”

Payne says if you see someone or something that makes you uncomfortable trust your gut, turn around and head toward a well lit area.

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