Tips for joggers to stay safe - Tucson News Now

Tips for joggers to stay safe

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pima County Sheriff's deputies are warning people to be aware of their surroundings after a runner was attacked on the Rillito Riverwalk last week.

The woman was jogging along her regular route on the path when she was attacked from behind. She was alone at the time and listening to music with headphones on. It happened during the evening hours.

She told deputies the suspect struck her several times and tried to drag her into the wash.

She described the suspect as a man of medium height with facial hair. He was wearing a dark colored, heavy winter jacket. His head was covered with a hood.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Deputies say her injuries required medical attention. 

Deputies want to remind runners of the following safety tips:

  • Only choose streets, neighborhoods and/or populated trails that you are familiar with. Try to run where there will be plenty of people around at all times.
  • If you choose to run alone, never wear headphones, which prevent you from hearing people, vehicles or even a stray dog coming up behind you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to places an attacker could be hiding. Keep a thought of who is in front of or behind you. Consider what an escape route would be if you were to be attacked. Run around and keep your distance from parked vans, bushes or other areas an attacker could be lurking.
  • Take a cellphone with you. If you run into any problems, you can always call for help. Also some apps will map your route for you. You can have the information sent to a friend or family member who can track your run.
  • Alter your routes and mix up your schedules — even in your own neighborhood areas.
  • Don't go running at night. If it does start to get dark, stay in well-lit areas.
  • Trust your senses. If you sense danger, get out. Don't dismiss an intuition! 
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