The Golden Rule of Running Paths

I’ve only been a runner for about a year and a half-ish so I could be completely wrong about this, but I feel like there is a certain GOLDEN rule of the road/trail/sidewalk that everyone should follow.

That golden rule is: if someone faster than you is approaching and/or you and a friend are walking two across, move out of the way of the approaching person!

The Golden Rule of Running

I am generally in a really good mood when I’m running. If you need to deliver bad news to me, you should do it while I’m running… but when people refuse to move out of the way I get annoyed!!!

The MOST annoying thing is when you are running on the sidewalk and two people are walking towards you. They clearly see you running towards them and yet they do not get in a single file as you approach. They stay two across taking up the whole sidewalk forcing you to go around.


This is, in my opinion, very rude! Not only is it rude because there are two of them taking up the whole sidewalk/path but in general I feel like the faster moving person should get the lane.

If I am walking, I will do what it takes to accommodate joggers/runners so they do not need to break their stride.

If I am jogging, I will move out of the way for runners.

If I am running, I will move out of the way for bikers.

If I am doing any of the above, I will move out of the way of cars because I don’t want to get hit!

I think it is much easier for the slower moving person to accommodate the faster moving person than vice versa.

Am I wrong?? Is there an official rule on this? What do you think?? What is The Golden Rule?



  1. November 1, 2013 / 11:46 pm

    I alway move, too. I hate that runners have the right of way (esp on single track trails), but as a runner, I generally always feel it is easier for me to get out of the way. And it annoys me, but I still do it because I do not want to get run over. Ugh.

    • November 3, 2013 / 10:39 am

      Is that an official rule for single track? At the only park that has a decent trail down here, the park rule is that the bikers have the right of way and runners MUST move out of the way.

  2. November 2, 2013 / 7:22 pm

    I totally agree with this. I don’t mind moving out of the way; I feel like they shouldn’t mind either. Treat the sidewalk like the road and keep right!

    • November 3, 2013 / 10:40 am

      Yes, exactly! The worst really is when two people are walking side by side and neither one moves to accommodate the approaching person. That always makes me so mad!!! >:(

  3. November 3, 2013 / 10:46 am

    I always try to stay to right. If I see a family w/kids approaching I usually try to move early so they can do their thing. I dont mind hopping on the grass or shoulder for that. If I am running and see a line ahead if me & they make no effort to single file I agree that’s pretty rude. Sadly the world we live in is not full of kindness that’s why I run – I’d probably be in jail without it lol

    • November 3, 2013 / 12:09 pm

      Hi Karen, I agree, I always stay right when I am running on a path with other people.

      I run to stay sane too! πŸ™‚ I love everything about it … except for the people who won’t move into a single file when I’m approaching! haha