3 Easy Ways to Improve Safety
June 5, 2013
The Bellin Run is made possible through the support of the community. That includes volunteers, public safety departments, sponsors – and spectators and participants.
Safety is top-of-mind this year. We’re asking for you to take three simple steps:
1. Travel light or ultra-light.
The Bellin Run does not offer a gear check, so don’t bring anything you don’t plan to take with you on your run or walk. Leave valuables at home or in the trunk of your vehicle. Also, don’t bring backpacks, purses or other bags. If you do, follow the airport mentality. No bags should be left unattended. A bag with your change of clothes, left under a park bench, will create unnecessary alarm. Don’t be that person.
2. Plan on using a Port-a-Potty.
Your bathroom at home is your first preference. Use it before you leave. If nature calls once you’ve arrived at the start/finish area, the outdoor portable restrooms are your only option.
Our course is near two fully-operational hospitals. The hospitals will not be permitting runners into their buildings, following their own safety protocols.
We have plenty of port-a-potties in the two parks near the course: Astor Park and Baird Place Park. They are locked until race morning to better ensure cleanliness and an ample supply of toilet paper.
3. If you see something, say something.
Race officials and public safety officers cannot be everywhere. Inform the nearest course official or volunteer if you see someone needing medical attention, an unattended bag, or suspicious activity. Together we make this a great community event.
These simple steps will allow police, fire, EMS, security, medical support staff, security, volunteers and race officials to focus on their respective areas to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience at the Bellin Run.
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