wave to other runners

It seems like running etiquette has changed over the last 10 years. I remember a time when runners exchanged waves and a nod of the head with pride. Kind of like a secret handshake among fraternity brothers, a low wave between Harley riders, or salute between soldiers.

These days everyone seems to be wrapped up in themselves. Is it the earbuds? Maybe the music has them in a trance. Could it be that they are so focused on their watch and their performance that the energy just isn’t there to recognize a fellow runner? Or maybe it’s just ‘stranger danger’ taken to a new level of paranoia.

I encourage all of you to wave to other runners and cyclists and let them know that you understand the effort and discipline they have exhibited to become an athlete. Those who join the club of the fit and the healthy should be rewarded with acceptance and encouragement. You might make somebody’s day with a wave and a smile. And, you’ll find yourself smiling too.

2 thoughts on “Do you wave to other runners?

  1. Well said, I couldn’t agree more Jason, whether riding or running it always amazes (and disappoints) me when I wave to a fellow ‘athlete’ and get nothing back, not even a nod of acknowledgement!

  2. I run almost entirely in the woods. When you see another person it seems out of place. But I smile and wave none the less. I stopped using music as a distraction years ago. But that’s surely part of it

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