iRunFar’s Trail Running And Safety Survey

[Editor’s Note, Wednesday December 13: The survey is now closed. Thank you to those of you who took it.]

Welcome to iRunFar’s Trail Running and Safety Survey, created by the Trail Sisters.

Please take approximately three minutes to answer these questions. We’d like responses from as many women and men as possible, so be sure to share this survey with your trail running friends. We’ll be sharing the anonymous data we collect in future articles.

The survey is open until 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Mountain Time) on Tuesday, December 12.

Thank you to Runner’s World for allowing iRunFar to adapt for trail runners the survey that appeared in their “Running While Female” article.

Respond and Win (and a Note on Privacy)

While we hope you’d take the survey anyway, we’ve pulled together a bunch of prizes from great partners. At the end of the survey period, we’ll randomly choose the winners of the 20 prizes noted below from those who respond fully.

Please note that this is an anonymous survey. In order to enter into the gear giveaway, however, you’ll need to enter an email address in the survey’s last question, so that we may contact giveaway winners. Your privacy is paramount and we will not use the email address for any other purpose.

iRunFar’s Trail Running and Safety Survey

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Trail Sisters

is a group of three women, each with unique opinions, ideas, and attitudes toward all things trail and ultrarunning. Pam Smith is a mom, physician, and lover of running who lives in Oregon. Liza Howard is a mom and 100-mile specialist from Texas. Gina Lucrezi is a Colorado-based short-distance speedster exploring the realms of ultrarunning.

There are 96 comments

  1. John

    Running in rural Montana as a male I feel more in danger from cars than anything else. The lack of shoulders on these roads are amazing. That being said I almost always run trails given the choice and am certainly aware of the wildlife that we have around here. But to date (knock on wood) have not had any bad experiences with them.

  2. shawn

    I don’t carry pepper spray on the trails because I’d be too tempted to use it on a mountain biker. Amazing how rude about 50% of them are here in Colorado. And just when I’m so fed up that I want to jam a stick through their wheels, I’ll meet a great pair of riders who are friendly and have great trail manners. Faith in humanity restored.

    Sorry to see so many anti-dog experiences and attitudes in the comments. I know I don’t always follow the leash rules when I’m out in Colorado open spaces, though I do when I’m on trails where I can’t see very far ahead. I realize that telling you not to be afraid of my dog would be like you telling me not to be afraid of snakes, but it is amazing how dogs react differently to people who are already afraid. The only person my dog has ever lunged towards (and he was on a leash) was a guy who I know had been nipped by other dogs; as we approached he flinched backwards and threw his hands in the air — freaked my dog out.

    For those of you who aren’t from Colorado: please note that Boulder County has many trails where properly trained and tagged dogs are allowed to be off-leash. It isn’t a perfect system, but I have had mostly positive experiences with dogs on the trails, especially compared to some other commenters.

      1. Liza

        A mean dog in my neighborhood just gave me a bunch of trouble this weekend. Will take a look at the article. Whatever it recommends is probably more useful than my glares and huffing and puffing at the owner were.

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