race production

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH ROAD RACE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH ROAD RACE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS

No matter how meticulous your planning, sooner or later something unexpected is going to occur that is going to require you to make on-the-spot decisions. Veteran race directors Dave McGillivray and Sean Ryan offer some tips on what to do (and not do) when disaster happens. 

WATER STATION MANAGEMENT

WATER STATION MANAGEMENT

Lately, I’ve been running in a lot of road races in preparation for the World Marathon Challenge (in fact, when you read this, I'll be a week from landing in Antarctica for the first of seven marathons). I haven’t participated in this many races in such a short period of time in 20 years. Back then, however, I was running fairly well, like in the 6-minutes per mile range. Now I’m closer to 7-minutes or even 8-minutes a mile. It’s a different experience running with the masses versus running closer toward the front with the faster and more competitive folks.

RACE DAY: YOUR LEAD VEHICLE PROGRAM

RACE DAY: YOUR LEAD VEHICLE PROGRAM

As event directors, our focus tends to be on making sure our course is an accurate and safe one, that we have plenty of water to distribute, that our race starts on time and that we deliver quick and accurate results…all extremely important aspects of producing a successful event.

THE LAST RUNNER

THE LAST RUNNER

When managing our races, we tend to focus a lot on the elite leaders in the race: we make sure they go in the right direction, they follow our lead vehicles, and they're cheered on by thousands of spectators. However, what about the last runner(s)?

HOW CAN I GET A JOB AS A RACE ORGANIZER?

HOW CAN I GET A JOB AS A RACE ORGANIZER?

I've been a runner for most of my life, and I love running in races. I've volunteered at a handful, too, and recently realized I would love to make it a career—working for something like, say, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series. How should I go about meeting the right people and gaining the experience to do this?

A CHECKLIST TO USE FOR YOUR EVENT

A CHECKLIST TO USE FOR YOUR EVENT

General Characteristics Needed

  • Visualization - being able to visualize every aspect of an event before it happens
  • Calm and quick thinking under pressure; patience
  • Don't be intimidated by the challenge
  • You need to be exceptionally well organized; being prepared; labor intensive; don't leave to race day
  • Charisma and leadership qualities and ability to surround yourself with hard working, dependable and experienced people; trust (to a point), always follow up
  • Great to be involved in a sport where you make people feel good about themselves