Safety Tips for Runners/Walkers

 When you go for a walk or a jog, do you take these safety precautions? 

1. Wear an ID

It's very important to have some form of identification, such as an emergency wristband. That way if anything were to happen, your essential information would be readily available.

2. Tell Someone Where You're Going

Be sure to tell a trusted family member or friend the route you will be walking/jogging and your expected return time. If you have a GPS watch with live tracking, don't make that info public, but send it to a close friend or family member.

3. Wear Reflective Gear in Low-Light Conditions

Make it very easy for others (especially drivers) to see you, even if it's during the day.

4. Fuel During Runs Longer than 45 Minutes

On longer runs, don't allow your body to deplete. Fuel with energy gels or other electrolyte replenishers.

5. Plan for Water Stops

Make a route that passes water fountains, or carry water with you to prevent dehydration.


Where to Get Equipped?

Look no further than your local running store!

 St. Pete Running Company

6989 22nd Ave N, St. Pete, FL 33710


Mon-Fri: 10AM - 7PM

Sat: 10AM - 6PM

Sun: 12PM - 5PM



Blogger Bria is a customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company.


Champions Breakfast with Todd Williams

Join us at one of St. Pete’s iconic venues for a one of a kind running event.

Go for a training run along the beach with Olympic Runner Todd Williams. Then, take a RunSafer class. Todd has developed a class which instructs you on what to do if you’re attacked. After that, have breakfast. This fun and informative event will cap at 100 people.


When: Saturday, July 16th 8:00AM


First, we will have a 20-30 min group run on the beach with Olympic Runner Todd Williams. This group run/walk is for people of all abilities.

Then we will have a Runsafer class on the sand. RunSafer is a program created by Todd Williams. This class will teach you safety techniques and tips to help protect yourself in a dangerous situation. Click here to learn more about Runsafer. http://www.runsafer.com/

 We will finish with a breakfast and Q&A with Todd Williams. Todd will be tell you about his fun, and fascinating journey while running and training. We will be having an all you can eat breakfast at Caddy's on the Beach. There will be food, fun & camaraderie and plenty of giveaways.

Where: Caddy’s on the Beach 9000 West Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL 33706

Cost: $20 

Attendees receive:

  1. A Run along the beach with friends and also a former Olympic Runner.
  2. A Self Defense class that might save yours or someone elses life.
  3. All you can eat breakfast.
  4. A $20 ASICS Gift Card to spend at St. Pete Running Company
  5. A 3-pack of Running socks valued at $20

How to sign up: Click here to register or stop by St Pete Running Company.

About Todd Williams: Todd qualified for two Olympic Games 1992-1996 in the 10k and won twenty one US titles on the road, track and cross country course. His talent and hard work gave him the opportunity to compete all over the world against the best. After retiring from the professional running stage Todd decided to challenge himself in the world of Martial Arts. He chose Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because he was told it was a very challenging, goal oriented art and would keep him very strong and fit. Well eight years later and countless hours studying and training Todd received his black belt in Jiu Jitsu.


What do you wear while you run?

If someone asked you what you wear while you run, walk, and/or jog, what would you say?

Common answers would be something like:

  • Running shoes

  • Socks

  • Breathable and fast-drying top

  • Comfortable shorts or pants

Some additional items might be:

  • Hat

  • Phone

  • Water bottle

  • Watch

  • Headband

There's one very important item that hasn't yet been listed:



Road ID is the ONE THING every runner should be wearing



Road ID is a Kentucky based company created by a father and son team. They believe that active people should wear ID as part of their gear when participating in outdoor activities. St. Pete Running Company agrees.

When you are out for a run or a bike ride, you might not expect anything to go wrong. However, unexpected accidents happen. We want to help you be prepared for anything.

The Road ID is a durable, rugged, athletic, fashionable line of identification gear. They provide various forms of ID and encourage active people who participate in outdoor activities to wear ID and not take the chance of being unidentified in the event of an accident. It is far better to wear ID and never need it than to need ID and not have it.


This Thursday at 7:30 PM, St. Pete Running Company is hosting a RunSafer Clinic with Todd Williams. Cost is $10. This one hour session will teach you safety techniques and tips to help protect yourself in a dangerous situation.

One of the ways to add to safety to your running routine is to wear a Road ID. Don't leave home without it.



Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.


RunSafer Class

WHEN: Thursday, April 16th from 7:15 - 8:15 PM (after Group Run)

WHERE: St. Pete Running Company

COST: $10 per person

Two-Time Olympic Distance Runner and Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Todd Williams has created RunSafer to help all individuals become safer if they ever find themselves in an environment that may warrant self defense training.

Time after time we read headlines about how individuals are assaulted or attacked while out on their run, being bullied at school, or going to or coming back from their workout.

This one hour session will teach you safety techniques and tips to help protect yourself in a dangerous situation.

An assault occurs at least once every two minutes! Whether you're a runner, avid athlete, or just enjoy a walk in the park, St. Pete Running Company wants you to have this opportunity to learn valuable safety tips and ways to escape dangerous situations.

RunSafer is here NOT to turn you into a pro fighter but to give you some self defense tools to possibly save you if a situation ever occurs.

Their motto: BE PREPARED!

A few words from Todd himself:






Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.

SELF DEFENSE CLASS FOR RUNNERS November 30, 2014 12:30

We are excited to be hosting the one and only Todd Williams for what could be one of the most important classes you'll ever attend. The Run Safer Class will be here at our store, this Tuesday Dec 2nd at 7:30 PM.  This class is free to attend.  Please forward this e-mail to anybody who could benefit from this!  More information is on this video below.