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February 1, 2013

On the Run: Are runners a menace to society?

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And due to a complaint about one runner training by pulling a tire behind him, Prentiss wrote that tires will no longer be allowed to be used as part of the D5K run.

It’s nice to see that both sides were able to reasonably address the concerns raised with a minimal amount of drama and hyperbole. This isn’t always the case, especially when disputes occur between motorists and runners in the heat of the moment.

Things can especially get difficult this time of year, when road conditions and visibility can be less than optimal. Blame can certainly be doled out to either side, whether it’s a driver going too fast around a blind corner or a runner distracted by the music on his or her iPod who crosses a street without looking and forces a driver to slam on the brakes.

Still, as runners and town officials in Danvers have shown us, a little reasonableness goes a long way.

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This Sunday, there’s a little less anticipation for the Super Bowl since the New England Patriots bowed out in the AFC Championship. But local runners can still make the most of the day in the 39th annual Great Stew Chase 15K (9.3 miles) at 10 a.m. in Lynn. The race starts at the Briarcliff Lodge on Lynnfield Street and heads into Centennial Park in Peabody before turning around and finishing at the Knights of Columbus parking lot in Lynn. The post-race gathering features plenty of hot stew for runners. Visit www.stewchase.com/stewchaseroadrace/ for more information.

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On the Run is a biweekly column about the North Shore running scene. Send any questions, comments, or news to jay.kumar@gmail.com.

Upcoming Races

Sunday, Feb. 3: The 20th Annual Newburyport Rotary Frigid Fiver, Michael’s Harborside, One Tournament Wharf, Newburyport, 11:45 a.m. Five-mile road race and walk. Contact: John Leary (Joppa Flats Running Club) at 1-978-490-0560 or email joppaflatsrunningclub@gmail.com.

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