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Run Safely in Kentlands

Run Safely in Kentlands


Kentlands is one of the favorite areas for Gaithersburg runners and walkers. The well lighted streets with sidewalks and pathways are hard to beat for those who are trying to get some exercise. The Kentlands Citizens Assembly has posted the following suggestions for the safety of runners in the community.

As Kentlands and Lakelands boast winding roads, hills and slopes, it is no wonder runners flock to the streets at wee hours of the morning for their early morning workout. 

Reflective Gear

Before you leave the house- don't forget to glow! All runners, whether soloists or organized groups, should wear reflective gear and/or utilize a headlamp or flashlight to illuminate yourself while running, or walking. 

Stop, Look & Listen

As children we are taught to stop, look and listen, but as adults we tend to desensitize ourselves to normative behavior. Always look twice, or maybe even three times. Extra awareness of your surroundings never hurts. If necessary, stop at the corner and jog in place while giving vehicles the right of way. 

Never Assume

Do not assume a driver can see you. When turning corners, try your best to favor shoulders and sidewalks to ensure there is a clearance between you and a vehicle.


Playing in the street was never advised. That includes stretching or group workouts that block roads or parking lots. Unless a permit has been issued for the group workout- do not create a blockade. 

Pedestrians and drivers have a responsibility to each other. These are highly recommended preventative measures for pedestrians. 


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Comment balloon 10 commentsRoy Kelley • December 25 2018 08:34PM


Good safety reminders for all runners and walkers Roy. Too many times, they are not visible to drivers...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 5 months ago

Great safety tips for Kentland runners, Roy. I'm often astonished at how careless many runners are when I see them running in my area (especially in the dark).

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

Good morning Roy. Some great reminders that keep people safe! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

Thanks, Roy.  This is good advice for runners (and bikers) anywhere and everywhere.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 5 months ago

Roy, it does sound like the Kentlands is a great place for runners and walkers, and great tips to stay safe.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

I am not much of a runner, but I do a lot of running when I play tennis.  I have heard that running is tough on the knees and hiking is actually better, so I am going to go with that, since I enjoy hiking, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 5 months ago

Those are good suggestions for runner in Kentlands, Roy.  A good way to keep folks safe.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Good moring Roy - all good safety tips and it is also good to have a fitbit.

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