road race management

CHIP TIME V. GUN TIME

CHIP TIME V. GUN TIME

I recently ran a 10K in Houston. My chip time was fastest in the masters division, but another woman had a faster gun time. She was deemed the masters winner. I won the 45 to 49 division with a gun and chip time faster than the other competitors.

THE FACTS ON RACE CANCELATIONS

THE FACTS ON RACE CANCELATIONS

Last month, I registered for a marathon in December. Two weeks ago, the race director emailed the registrants saying that the race was cancelled. Can a race director legally and legitimately do that?

WHY ARE COURSES MARKED IN MILES?

WHY ARE COURSES MARKED IN MILES?

Why are courses marked in miles instead of kilometers? Aside from marathons and halfs, many race distances are promoted in kilometers (5-K, 10-K, 15-K, et cetera). I train, as most runners do, on a 400-meter track, and all my training is done in kilometers. What’s with the hang-up on English measurements?

HOW DO RACE DIRECTORS PLAN FOR FIRST AID?

HOW DO RACE DIRECTORS PLAN FOR FIRST AID?

I was hoping you could advise me on the best plan for first aid. We are hosting a 5K run/walk on May 21 in Floral Park, New York. This race has grown over the years, and if registration continues at this pace, we are projected to hit 2,000 runners.

WHY CAN'T I SEND SOMEONE TO PICK UP MY PACKET?

WHY CAN'T I SEND SOMEONE TO PICK UP MY PACKET?

There's a marathon/half-marathon that I've been participating in for the last five years. Organizers used to allow a family member or friend to pick up a runner’s packet as long as they had a copy of the runner’s driver's license and a signed note from the runner. Since then, they have only allowed runners to pick up their own packets.

THE CALL OF NATURE

THE CALL OF NATURE

I've heard stories of the "call of nature" coming at the worst time, far from any convenient or appropriate location, and runners relieving themselves in a relatively public manner. What's a race director's policy toward this and how do races plan and handle the problem?

WHY CAN'T I HAVE MY BAG AND EAT IT, TOO?

WHY CAN'T I HAVE MY BAG AND EAT IT, TOO?

I wish there was a way to make gear bags available to runners inside the finishing area. After a long race I want to get something to eat and drink, and I want to stay warm. But once I leave the finishing area to get my warm ups most races won't let me back in.

I RAN THE RACE, SO WHERE'S MY TIME?

I RAN THE RACE, SO WHERE'S MY TIME?

I just ran the Marine Corps Marathon, and my results only showed up online through 30K — something obviously went wrong with the timing system, and I am trying to sort it out. Does this technology always work? How often is it used? This was the first race for me where the timing system was on my bib.

THOSE CHATTY VOLUNTEERS

THOSE CHATTY VOLUNTEERS

Last week I volunteered at packet pickup for a major marathon. I and other volunteers tried our best to pass out material as efficiently as possible, but others were a little less efficient and, despite long lines, often chatted with participants.