Olympian Runner Talks to Lynchburg Athletes About Safety

Lynchburg, VA - A two-time United States Olympic distance runner was in Lynchburg this weekend to talk about running safety. It's part of AREVA's S.A.F.E. Strides program created for the Virginia Ten Miler.

Todd Williams spoke to a group of athletes at Randolph College Saturday morning.

His program, called RunSafer, teaches runners how to stay safe not only in training, but also if faced with a threatening situation while out on a run.

He says runners should always be aware of their surroundings and take precautions. he advises to never run the same loop or course over and over because that's how you can become a target.

"Get involved in store runs. It's always nice to get into group runs so that way, not only are you becoming a fast runner, but also power in numbers and minimal, minimal chance of being assaulted or attacked when you're in a group run," he said.

Williams also says to always let someone know where you're going for run just in case something happens.