I am glad you have brought this up... thankfully I have not run into the streaker. Years ago, there was one near the Duke Forest and the police caught him by having a sting operation (female police officer dressed in running outfit). Taken care of, end of problem. I hope that consider this here on the ATT.
I do run with friends some, but that is not always feasible.
Oddly, I think I might have experienced the screaming guy, though. I was wrapping up a run late afternoon, Saturday a week ago, and was picking up the pace. A man on a bike yelled something while biking by me. I didn't respond and instead picked up the pace even more, to which he yelled, "Speedy bitch (or something to that effect)!" I ignored him.
I will say that I always carry pepper spray, hold it upwards and with finger on nozel when I pass people (of all races, ethnicities, sex, etc). It is very clear to people I see that I would use it instantly if they try anything.
Although I do greet people with a confident smile and even wish some folks well (Have a good run! Nice weather out! etc), it is still very clear that I mean business in terms of insuring my personal safety. I don't always carry a cell phone because frankly I don't know how quickly I could even dial 9-1-1. Standing tall, being aware of my environment and carrying my pepper spray seems to have kept unpleasant interactions to a minimum. Also, I try to run when I think there will be a "high traffic" pattern of runners/walkers/bikers. (As for pepper spray, you have to go to a gun store; no longer carried at Walmart, etc).
Hope these simple tips might be of help. And, I agree with the other suggestions, too!
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