As much as we would love to share the sweat, we aren't quite at that point yet! In 2021 we still have to be a little careful about hugging, even among runners. This year we have come up with a few alternatives to hugging that can still spread positivity, humor, and joy among the running community, and don't even require you to break stride!
#1 The Classic Head Nod
All fellow runners and walkers will appreciate this sign of mutual acknowledgement! Plus, it looks pretty cool.
#2 Sustained Eye Contact
Make it sincere, but don't make it creepy!
#3 The Wave
This is a throwback to our 2020 Wave At A Runner Challenge! Everyone loves a cheerful wave as you pass them.
#4 The Wink
A more advanced form of Eye Contact, the wink is cheeky, unusual, and takes a lot more coordination than you'd think!
#5 Enthusiastic Applause
You can offer the same emotional support as a hug without the contact!
#6 Finger Guns
Quirky. Underutilized. Excellent when paired with The Wink and "pew pew" vocalization.
Which one will you use on your next run or walk?
If you want to learn more about our special 2021 edition (don't) Hug A Runner (yet) 5k for $5k Challenge, click here!