As it was my first time to run inside the ULTRA Oval Track, I was able to observe some actuations of the users/runners in the said facility. I am suggesting the following oval track etiquette in order to promote discipline and orderliness among the users:
1) Slow runners/Novice runners should use the outer lanes—Lanes #7 & #8
2) Oval tracks are primarily used for speed runs and tempo runs. Priority for the use of the inner lanes, Lanes #1-#3, should be for runners doing speed intervals and/or tempo runs. Lanes #1 & #2 are usually used and given priority to the fastest runners.
3) Walkers or Brisk Walkers should stay at the outer lanes—Lanes #7 & #8.
4) The oval track is not a place to “socialize” and users are refrain from making loud conversations.
5) Speed “drills” and stretching should be done outside the oval track.
6) Don’t litter in any part of the oval track.
7) Make an extra effort to greet ( Good morning/Good Afternoon/Good Evening or maybe say, “you’re looking good”) every runner you pass or meet on the track, better yet, smile.
8) If you are doing speed runs at Lanes #1 & #2, don’t stop immediately and remain walking on your lane. If you intend to stop your speed run while using the inner lanes, you must immediately move towards the outer lanes and start walking once you are already on the outer lane. Stopping immediately along the inner lanes might give distraction to the speed runner on your back or rear.
9) If you are a faster runner and intend to pass another runner, just like in trail running, warn the runner ahead of you that you are passing him/her by saying “on your right” or “on your left” depending on what side you are passing the runner.
10) If you see me and recognize me at the oval track, just simply say, “Hi, Bald Runner or Hi, Sir Jovie”