An absurd federal rule has been in place (and apparently rarely enforced) for several years at National Wildlife Refuges: No Jogging.
From the Statesman Journal:
Few people knew about the rule until recently, when a “no jogging” sign appeared at a popular trailhead at Baskett Slough NWR.
“I had no idea,” said Tracy Gannaway, a runner who lives across from Baskett Slough in Rickreall. “It seems kind of silly. Runners and hikers put pretty much the same amount of wear on the trails. And this is Oregon, we run everywhere.”
Although the rule isn’t widely known — and most refuge trailheads aren’t marked with a “no jogging” sign — the regulation has been in place for years.
Why the prohibition against running?
In a nutshell, it was determined an “incompatible use” in the refuges’ comprehensive conservation plan.
“One of the challenges with jogging is that it could have an adverse impact on wildlife in the process of breeding,” said Miel Corbett, deputy assistant regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.