8 Tools for Running Safety

Stay Safer on Runs

Common sense is key to staying safe on the run, but having the right gear can also help you avoid or deal with dangerous situations. Try some of these running safety products:

SPIbelt running belt
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When you're running outside, you should carry your driver's license and your medical insurance card (in case you get injured). Check out these running belts that are the perfect place to stash those items.


This bright belt is perfect for runners who run in low-light conditions, It gives you 360 degrees of visibility, and you can change the light between "Flash" and "Glow" with just one click. The straps are easy to adjust and elastic for a comfortable fit. The belt also features a USB rechargeable (cable included) battery that gives up to 20 hours of illumination in flashing mode.

A sports ID bracelet is one safety item that every runner should have. This IDmeBAND features a nylon webbing wristband with a laser-engraved tag to list your emergency information. Your tag is secure - but easily removable - in case your information changes. Up to 6 lines of engraving available.

Runner with phone
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Whenever possible, it's a good idea to run with your cell phone, and make sure it has your ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers saved. Fortunately, there are lots of products on the market to hold your phones, whether in a belt around your waist or in an armband. Check out these products to carry your cell phone (even your large iPhone) on the run.


With high-visibility fabric and reflectivity, this reflective vest from Brooks allows traffic to see you from any angle for increased safety. Plus, it's water- and wind-resistant, yet highly breathable, so your core stays comfortable, dry and thermally balanced in changing weather conditions.

Although it's not feasible to carry an entire first aid kit with you when you're running outside, it's good to have one in your car and at home. This first aid kit is stocked with first aid supplies that will come in handy if you're injured on the run, including first aid tape, cold packs, and wound care items.

It's never a good idea to go running alone in the dark or deserted areas. But if you're worried about potential attacks by strangers or animals, you may want to carry pepper spray. It's non-lethal, but causes immediate closing of the eyes, difficulty breathing, runny nose, and coughing in your attacker, whether he's a person or animal. These pepper sprays are small enough to hold in your hand or keep in a pocket while you're running.

This small, but powerful, flashlight is perfect for runners who run in low-light conditions. It will help you see where you're going and be seen by drivers. Light and easy-to-carry, its super-bright LED bulb lasts for 72 hours on two AAA batteries.