Why One Group Is Hosting A Week-Long Run Through Downtown Lexington

May 7, 2019 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Why One Group Is Hosting A Week-Long Run Through Downtown Lexington

A newly formed organization is bringing awareness and promoting greater safety for pedestrians and cyclist in Lexington in a big way.

SAFE (Streets Are For Everyone) is a committee of 11 people representing several fitness, running, cycling and triathlete groups in Lexington. With the recent proclamation by town council designating May 13-19 as Runner Safety Week in the town, SAFE has announced that they will be hosting a 24/7 Safety Run that week.

Here's how it will work:

SAFE Lexington has established an approximately two-mile route along Main St., Hwy 6 and 378 with RADIUS Church as the check-in and check-out station. 

The organization currently has all hours of each day covered with at least one runner, but the committee members are hoping for many more runners, walkers, ruckers, strollers, dog-walkers and beyond to participate. 

SAFE is asking all participants to start their hour on time and to either walk or run for at least that full hour. Because this is not a relay, participants can start their hour before the previous person finishes. 

The group wants to show the community that  runners are serious about doing their part to stay safe. Here are their safety measures that they will be following during the week:

  • No one runs alone. Grab a buddy or make a new friend.
  • If it's dark, you should be light. Wear a Noxgear vest, reflective gear, blinking lights, a headlamp, etc.
  • Sign in and out at the check-in station at RADIUS Church. Participants should leave their mileage when finished so organizers can tally all the miles at the end of the week.

 

 

SAFE estimates that 350-400 people of all ages will participate at some point during the week. Their collective goal is 6,227 total miles to represent the 6,227 pedestrians killed nationwide in 2018.

Those interested should join the 24/7 Safety Run + Walk Facebook event for more information and updates.