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Dalton Half Marathon

August 29, 2010

Doug Hawley: Stylish is fine, but stay safe training

Something can be said for stylish running shirts, but looking good should not surpass safety as you prepare for the first national Dalton Half Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 16. Many area runners appear in the darkness of almost any early morning wearing these name-brand shirts.

Unfortunately, they are dark, making the people wearing them difficult to see. Running into somebody on a narrow sidewalk can happen under this circumstance. However, the real danger involves vehicles.

Even such darkly-clad runners going just a few yards across an intersection can be in peril.

Motorists turning might not even see them.

Logic says to wear a white or light top. These shirts also can be stylish. If you simply abhor wearing the lighter color, do yourself a favor. Purchase an inexpensive orange-yellow reflective vest, similar to what people doing construction work wear.

It is better to be safe than sorry. Along similar lines of safety, runners logically are better off without wearing earphones. It creates some unneeded distraction.

Usually the runner with the earpieces is by himself or herself. There seems the need to be entertained or overcome boredom.

If wearing earphones while running with a group, that does not say much for the associates who normally talk. You not only are less aware of vehicles, but the creepy characters who reside in our society. They stand ready to pounce upon some inattentive runners.

Earphone wearers also rarely will earn The Friendly Awards from approaching runners who provide good morning cheer and hear nothing in return because they do not even hear them.

n TRAINING REGIMEN?: Dalton High's original proposal giving students three minutes to change classes — even from one end of the building to the other — sounded like a speed workout to me. Do it enough times during the day, and you could call it interval training.

Granted, we older runners would have problems without bathroom breaks.

This is the 10th in a 16-part series of instructional columns in advance of the first national Dalton Half Marathon on Oct. 16. Doug Hawley, a competitive distance runner for more than 50 years, finished in the top 10 percent of five Boston Marathons between 1976 and 1981. You can write to him at

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Dalton Half Marathon
  • Time to roll out the red carpet

    Organizers are expecting nine states to be represented Saturday at the fourth annual Dalton Red Carpet races, where the action — which starts and finishes downtown — will include a half marathon, 5K and 2K.
    “I feel sure that it’s the most states that we’ve had represented for this event,” said co-race director Rick Little. “It’s become so well-known. People outside our area know that it’s a quality event.”

    October 25, 2013

  • Run back for concert downtown

    Get ready to rock with the Austin, Texas-based band Fastball at the Saturday night concert following the Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon/ 5K/2K races and the Liberty Tree Festival in downtown Dalton.

    October 25, 2013

  • Half marathon male winner.jpg Red Carpet Half Marathon: Phillips outkicks the field

    Isaac Pacheco stuck with Geno Phillips for around half the race.
    Then the Chattanooga resident “broke” the North Murray High senior.
    Phillips was the first person to cross the Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon finish line in downtown Dalton on Saturday morning, running the 13.1-mile race in one hour, 12 minutes, 1 second.

    October 7, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chris Stephens: Ready for a good run

    The best part about running your first half marathon? Finish the race and you automatically set a personal record.

    October 3, 2012

  • s-MartinezFamily1-3x-col.jpg Racing runs in this family

    If officials for Saturday’s Dalton Red Carpet races are looking to award a family for having the most participants, a local contingent rates as quite a favorite.

    October 11, 2011 1 Photo

  • Runners can try out half marathon course

    Area runners are invited to help test the reconfigured course for the second Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathon, 5K and 2K event, which is scheduled for a downtown start and finish on Oct. 15.

    June 7, 2011

  • 5k 3 mlh.jpg Tight finish

    October 17, 2010 1 Photo

  • Doug Hawley: Firsts not only bests

    October 17, 2010

  • 5k 12 mlh.jpg Perfect day for a race

    They came mostly from the Southeast and a few from as far away as Colorado and South Dakota. Some ran Saturday’s half marathon for the first time, while one Dalton podiatrist used it as a tune-up for the real Marathon race in Greece later this month.

    October 17, 2010 1 Photo

  • Dalton Half Marathon2010.jpg Day of distance near

    Lauren Sain was already planning to run a half marathon in a city halfway across the country when she saw an advertisement for one in her own backyard.
    On Saturday morning, Sain will find out how far her training has taken her in preparation for the first Dalton Half Marathon, which will also serve as her first attempt at a distance race beyond a 5K.

    October 14, 2010 2 Photos