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Night runs: How to stay safe

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It's the first week since Day Light Saving time ended. That means it's now getting darker earlier. For runners, that can spell danger if you're not prepared.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It's the first week since Day Light Saving time ended. That means it's now getting darker earlier. For runners, that can spell danger if you're not prepared.

Running at night on Utah roads can have deadly consequences.

“It’s very dangerous,” said Lauren Zimmer, Salt Lake Running Company.

Last year, 922 Utahns were hits by cars, 31 of them died, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.

A new campaign is putting the spotlight on safety. November is National Runners Safety month and runners are being asked to step up.

“I don't think they know what they need to wear,” said Zimmer. “I think they are dressing more for the weather than for being seen.”

To be seen, the goal is to wear multiple points of light. Ideally the surest way to stay safe is to don reflective gear from head to toe. Zimmer recommends LED headbands and gloves, reflective jackets and pants and glow in the dark shoes.

If cost is a concern, light-up heel spurs or clip-on strobe lights can do the trick and costs between $10-$20, Zimmer said.

To kick-off Runners Safety Month, Salt Lake Running Company is holding a five-mile run Thursday November 7 at 6:30 pm. Free glow sticks will be provided. Runners must wear one reflective item. A prize will be given to the most reflective runner.

Click here to register.

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