Post # 1
So, I am very board of my running route and want to mix it up a bit. There is a cemetery very close to my house with GREAT trails… but, I have been scared to run there in fear that it would somehow be offensive?!? Am I crazy? what are you thoughts?
Post # 3
I used to run through a cemetary, however, if I saw cars, I didnt enter out of respect.
Post # 4
I think it is fine so long as you aren’t running right by an ongoing burial/funeral at the time.
Post # 5
Thank you guys for the responses! And I agree about def not during a service.
Post # 6
No I think it’s fine. There’s a cemetary near my parents house that we used to play in when we were younger (odd, I know!) but it was the best place to ride our bikes. There’s barely any cars and it’s paved and we were always respectful and stayed away from the graves. Now we walk my sisters dog in there, and just generally take walks there when we want a nice stroll. I’ve never had anyone say anything to me.
ETA- everyone in my neighborhood walks/walks their dogs in there too. It is a really gorgeous place nature-wise, it backs on to green space so everyone just goes and enjoys the grounds. Better to have a “hopping” cemetary so to speak then a quiet, lonely one in my opinion. I hope people enjoy themselves around m grave one day when I’m gone, better than treating the place like it’s scary and uninviting.
Post # 7
There is a cemetary right next to my house and I always see people walking, running, biking, etc. through the cemetary. As long as you are respectiveful of other people there I don’t think it’s a problem.
Post # 8
I think it depends on the cemetary. For ex, if it was an older cemetary and more historical, I think it’s fine. If it’s a church or religious site or active, I wouldn’t do it.
Post # 9
Nah. I wouldn’t run over any graves, and I wouldn’t do it when there is something/someone there, but in general, I think it’s fine. My uncle’s daily run takes him through our town’s cemetery every day!
Post # 10
@MrsSawyer: I totally agree. I think it’s better to have the space be appreciated and used for life as well as for burial. Obviously, be respectful of any mourners, but other than that, no reason to avoid running there.
Post # 11
@amyisnice: I see people walking all the time at the ones here. There is a really big one that is beautiful and a lot of photographers go there to take photos of the monuments. You also see people walking/jogging around. As long as you aren’t jumping on graves, then I don’t see the problem.
Post # 12
I’m not sure, I don’t think I’d mind walkers but if I was visiting my families grave, I’m not sure how’d I feel about it. When I’m in tears at a grave, the sight of someone running with an i-pod makes me feel akward. It can be such a sorrowful place. I guess it depends on the site, too and how it’s laid out. Chicagoland is kinda compact.
Post # 13
I think it is fine as long as you aren’t running on peoples graves…lol…
Post # 14
I used to run in the graveyard near my apartment all the time untill I tore a muscle in my foot. I wouldn’t run in the cemetary if there were people in it out of respect.
Post # 15
I think it’s fine barring an actual service. Plus it’s not like you’re running on the graves – you’re running on the pathways.
Post # 16
If there is an alternative route I would take it… I dont really like going into the cemetary anyway…