I think it is really neat to see people out using tracks to run, jog and walk on. I love the company. As I previously posted, there is a certain etiquette I wish was followed and generally known. Basically – slower runners (walkers) to the outside lanes, faster runners get the inside lanes. It is a pet peeve as well as a safety issue.
Now the generally accepted way to get someone’s attention is to call out “track”. If you are accustomed to the track world most react quickly and jump off the track or move out immediately. However, “track” is actually non-instructive or directive for non-trackees. It is more directive to say something similar to cyclists. In the case of running on a track, “on your inside” or “on your left” are best.
The down side to calling any of these things out is that you can come across as a bit pompous, egotistical (It’s like saying “I’m faster than you are, ha, ha.”) or just not friendly. It’s hard to soften your voice as you gasp out “ON YOUR LEFT” and make it sound like a request versus an order.
So, first try the following subtle ways to get their attention. They work pretty often:
Breathe through pursed lips (audible puff), cough, clear your throat, throw a snot-rocket, or some other bodily function… through sounds try to get others’ attention.
Now, if they have ear phones in their ears… forget it… all bets are off. It is a safety issue. If you are on a track.. ditch the headphones!
And last but not least, if you are the faster runner, refrain from roaring past someone an inch away from their shoulder trying to give them a not so subtle hint to move. This is unsafe. If they have earphones on or are absorbed in just thought, you can startle them. If they jump in your way, you’re in for a nasty one. It serves no purpose, is dangerous and far MORE rude than the person moving slower on the inside lanes.
It’s like the signs you see re: cycling… share the road… ok, in this case, let’s share the track.