A Trail Runner’s Guide to Etiquette
Whenever I hear the word “etiquette,” I immediately flash to this episode of Frasier:
I’m not sorry.
OK, now that I have that out of my system… I talked to a bunch of trail runners and got their best advice for how to avoid being a jerk on the trails. Some of the tips are pretty obvious, like not littering, but I was really surprised at how many runners really emphasized that the biggest etiquette breech they see on trails has to do with dogs. Now, I love a trail dog. I want a trail dog. But I also have been bit by perfectly nice looking dogs, and chased by quite a few, and I’m a little freaked out by them. A lot of people got into this with me, the “what’s polite” when running with a dog, versus what’s just plain $hitty. (A few people shared my pet peeve of the scenario where a giant dog is sprinting towards you and the owner is just casually saying, ‘Oh, he’s friendly.’ OH REALLY!?! … Also, that’s the scenario I was in when I got bit. So I’m a tiny bit sensitive.)
But don’t take my word for it… let’s dive into what everyone else had to say in this piece I did for MapMyRun:
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