ASICS, an acronym derived from the Latin phrase, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano – a sound mind in a sound body. Staying true to the philosophy by which it was founded in 1949, every ASICS innovation, every concept, every idea is intended to create the best product by pushing the limits on what we can learn from the body and its needs in athletic gear.
In addition to supporting athletic performance and technical advancements, ASICS has a self-defense program, RunSafer, to build confidence and skills for athletes to protect themselves in the unlikely event that they encounter a bully or assailant while running. RunSafer, developed by two-time US Olympic distance runner and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Todd Williams, will not turn you into a pro fighter, but it will give runners self-defense tools to become safer, stronger and faster.
Learn from ASICS RunSafer team below, and visit their site for more information.
SAFETY TIPS FROM TODD WILLIAMS, RUNSAFER.COM
Seek out more populated areas (or go with a group) to avoid vulnerable situations. There’s power in numbers!
Pay attention to your surroundings with your eyes and ears. Look around to get a sense of your environment and what’s happening around you. If you listen to music on headphones, keep the volume low enough that you can hear over it.
GO WITH YOUR GUT
If a situation or a location doesn’t feel right to you, trust your instincts and go somewhere else. It’s always better to feel comfortable as you run.
Let people know where you’re running and when you expect to return. You can also use the live tracking feature in the Runkeeper Go™ app to share your real-time location!
It’s difficult for drivers to see runners in low-light conditions. Be proactive by wearing reflective gear or accessories to make yourself visible, no matter where you run.