race production

DO RACE DIRECTORS EVER GET NO COMPLAINTS?

DO RACE DIRECTORS EVER GET NO COMPLAINTS?

As a race director with only one event under my belt, I'm curious: Have you ever had a race where you didn't have someone contact you afterward to complain about something? I'm not being sarcastic; I'm honestly curious.

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH COURSE TIME LIMITS?

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH COURSE TIME LIMITS?

I hope you'll indulge me to mention a pet peeve of mine.  It involves time limits.  I've done a few marathons lately that announced a 6-hour time limit. I'm a walker and it takes me 5 1/2 to 6 hours to complete a marathon.

MEDAL COUNT

MEDAL COUNT

I finished the Louisville Derby Half-Marathon and noticed the thousands of finishers' medals waiting for their owners. How do race directors figure out how many medals to order for any given race without getting stuck with too many, or (worse) too few?

SHOULD MY RACE GO WITH TRAFFIC, OR AGAINST?

SHOULD MY RACE GO WITH TRAFFIC, OR AGAINST?

I'm trying to get approval to hold a race. I am trying to design the run segment with safety being utmost. I have heard differing opinions on the way the course should be laid out.

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