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Headphone use in fun runs?

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This may be a silly question, but I've never participated in an organized charity fun run. Does anyone know whether they frown upon the use of 🎧 headphones at these types of events? I was sort of planning on just running to Laura's πŸ˜€ pace for one run I have coming up in August. Thanks in advance.

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If its on a road you probably cant as it is against UKA rules- see the link below


Otherwise you probably can, but why not just use one ear phone so that you dont miss the atmosphere and commaraderie? Its a fun run so dont worry about time, enjoy! πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸ˜€

in reply to Millsie-J

Ps check any rules as if it states you cant use them you could be disqualified


I'm in Canada, just signing up for my first 5km race ( which is on roads but I think they are closed to traffic during the race) and was horrified to see on website that "earbuds and all similar devices are prohibited ". Guess it's a safety issue but I was planning to use one earbud. I now don't know how it will go as I have never run without Laura or radio playing music, or I might add with other people. Call me antisocial but I was hoping to block them out at least partially! I would check carefully and plan accordingly. I am glad I know now and didn't find out at starting line. Don't need any surprises to put me off. Enjoy it and let us know how it goesπŸ˜€πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ₯‡πŸŒŸ


Most races I have run say that they arent allowed but no one is stopped for wearing them. Sometimes it is an etiquette thing as well as safety. You might not be able to hear some safety instructions or someone just talking to you. There is also an awareness of who is around you. It can be frustrating for runners if people are crossing paths causing trips and things, especially when they are blissfully in their own world with their headphones in.

My advice run with one earbud in at most that way you can hear whats going on around you as well as getting the benefit of your podcast/music.

The no headphones rule in races is there for sensible reasons. I am of the opinion that if you take part in an organised event, it is only common courtesy to abide by the regulations of that event. Ignoring or thinking oneself above rules that are there for people's safety puts other people at risk, and that is a d*** move.

I have seen a group of runners all running together with presumably some kind of dance music on their headphones and showing off their dance moves to the crowd during a HM. They were utterly oblivious to the ambulance behind them trying to get past, and took the shouts and gestures from the crowd as encouragment for their antics. Which was not so amusing for the poor chap who had had a heart attack a mile or so further on.


As Millsie-J says, there are rules and regs often...all very sensible and necessary too ! better to run naked and enjoy the whole thing more anyway ? :)

in reply to Oldfloss

Well.....Maybe not naked......😱

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in reply to helenwheels

We run naked and we streak! A whole new terminology!

in reply to Oldfloss

I've run naked for all my Parkruns so far and they have been some of my fastest times. I generally pick some poor soul who is running at the right pace to run behind (and do my heavy breathing in their ear!) and this seems to be as good as listening to music or the podcasts.

Thanks to everyone for the replies and great advice! Since the general consensus seems to be to "run naked" as it were, 😊then I will try a few training sessions with just my timer and no tunes. Laura could probably use a break anyway. She's been working hard with me lately. I understand the social/etiquette aspect as well. I just am a creature of habit is all πŸ˜€

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