What To Do When This Happens On A Group Run

When it comes to coordinating group runs, timing can be tricky.


Etiquette expert Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, knows a thing or two about the rules of the road—and the descendant of the famous decorum diva is a runner too!

Q: If you are meeting for a group run, what’s the appropriate amount of time to wait for late friends before you roll?

It’s up to you, but this issue is all about communication. A grace period should be set by the group ahead of  time. Maybe your group needs to start the run at 7 a.m. sharp, so everyone should get there early. Or, perhaps the group agrees to wait five, 10 or even 15 minutes after the agreed time before heading out if there are any stragglers. In today’s tech era, it’s easy for latecomers to let the group know if they are on their way or if something has come up and they’ll be unable to make it. The point? The right thing is what the group decides as a whole in advance.

Have a question for Lizzie? Email or tweet @womensrunning with the hashtag #ProperForm.

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