We will consider guest posts for The Run Commuter, so long as they meet the general standards found below.

Guest posts should have something to do with run commuting

Our number one criteria for considering a post for publication is that you, the writer, are a run commuter. Our target audience is people considering run commuting for the first time and those who are currently run commuters, so a review of a garment carrier that has never been used inside a backpack while running isn’t helpful to our readers. There may be instances where guest posts from non-run commuters will be accepted, but that is up to the discretion of the Editor and members of the core staff.

Categories

Below are some topics we are interested in seeing, as well as some examples within each category.

Tips, Tricks, and Overcoming Challenges

Solutions to run commuting-related problems

  • Run commuting in bad weather

  • Useful backpack modifications

  • Handling work clothing and running gear at the office

  • Cleanup techniques; useful cleanup items

  • Long-distance commuting solutions

  • Safety issues and ideas to avoid negative human-car interactions

  • Food/lunch ideas that pack and run well in a backpack

  • Stretches/exercises specific to backpack-wearing runners

Gear Reviews

Anything used while run commuting or to make run commuting easier/more efficient. We typically run commute for 10 – 40 miles with an item before finishing the review.

  • Running backpacks

  • Travel items (garment carrier, organizers, etc.)

  • Cleanup/hygiene items

  • Hydration systems

  • Running clothing

  • Food containers that can handle backpack bounce

  • Safety gear (lights, reflectors, headlamps, etc.)

Seen on my Run Commute (Personal photo essay)

  • A set of photos taken along your route, with commentary describing your run commute

Run Commuting in the News

  • Interviews with run commuters

  • Stories related to run commuting

Advocacy, Policy Issues, and Workplace Concerns

  • Advocating for change to help runners and other pedestrians overcome an issue (lack of sidewalks, sidewalk obstructions, dangerous intersections, etc.)

  • Getting showers in the workplace

  • How to get employers to implement active transportation policies within a business (employee incentives, benefits for active commuters)

Reviews we are not interested in seeing

  • Countless shoe posts (we’ll publish 1 – 3 a year, max)

  • Cell phone holders

  • Audio playback devices (MP3 players, iPods, etc.)

  • Reviews of foam rollers, knee braces, kinesio tape, etc.

Articles we are not interested in seeing

  • General running articles where you just replace the word “runner” with “run commuter”

  • Rewrites or repeats of articles that have already been published on The Run Commuter

  • Articles that assume what run commuters want/need/prefer without actually being a run commuter yourself or talking with other run commuters about what they want/need/prefer

Guest Post Tips

  • Do not send us a list of topics or article titles from which to choose. Send us a completed post, or at the very least, an abstract or intro paragraph about what you want to write about.

  • Write well. Do your best to make your post ready for publication when received.

  • Post length should fall within 600 – 1800 words.

  • Articles must include pictures – please try and send 3 at a minimum.

  • Your post must be original work that hasn’t been, or won’t be, published elsewhere.

  • Links in your content may be acceptable if they point to resources or articles of value to our readership. We reserve the right to remove them if we feel they aren’t a good fit.

  • Include an author bio and a link to your website or blog.

  • Email your post and any pictures to info@theruncommuter.com in Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format.

  • Please be patient – it may be a couple of weeks before you hear back from us.

Editorial Notes

  • There is no compensation given for articles published on The Run Commuter.

  • If your post is accepted, you grant a license for the Run Commuter to be the exclusive publisher. You may republish extracts on your own site, but the article in its entirety should not appear elsewhere.

  • We will format your posts to match the other articles on The Run Commuter. There may be some layout changes, but the content will remain the same.

  • After formatting has been completed, we will provide you with a preview link to approve before we publish your article to The Run Commuter.

  • You will always be given full credit for your work and we are thankful to have you writing for us!