Hart Park - my favorite track!
When at the track . . .
Laps are run counterclockwise. Occasionally there are exceptions to this rule - so when you arrive at the track, observe the other runners and see what direction they are running.
Do not put your spike bag, bottle of water, sweatshirt, etc. in the middle of a lane. Store your personal items off to the side or on the bleachers.
Use the correct lane. No one else on the track cares how slow or fast you run. However, if you are a slower runner or walker, do not run/walk in lanes 1 or 2. You should stick to the outer lanes and reserve the inner ones for people who are running faster and/or doing speedwork.
Move to the right if you hear someone behind you yelling "track" or "left". You are about to be passed and need to move out of the way.
Leave your iPod at home. I know a lot of you will probably disagree with me on this one, but music makes a runner less aware of his or her surroundings - and less likely to hear a passing runner yelling "track" or "left". For example, last night there were several slower runners/walkers using Lanes 1 and 2 and with their iPods cranked up, they were completely oblivious to other people trying to do speedwork. Super rude, not to mention dangerous.
Don't have a conversation on the middle of the track. By all means, take a few minutes to catch up with a running buddy. But do it on the side of the track, not in the middle of a lane.
Keep your kids under control. I think it's great to see kids enjoying running and doing laps on the track. However, parents need to make sure their kids are not disrupting other runners. Also, this should go without saying, but do not allow them to bring a ball to kick around on the track.
Friends, I'd love to hear from you on this topic: What track rules would you add to the list?
Happy Running, everyone!