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Race Organizing and Race Directing- Compared – The Basics Part 1 November 18, 2014

Race Organizer or Race Director

Now First Things First , as Stephen Covey would say, the race oragnizer can be the Race Director but they are 2 different but important roles.

RACE ORGANIZER – Organizer created the race, had the idea for the race as well as the meaning behind the race. [ Holiday, season, Fundraising.series…..] This person may be a runner and thought it would be fun to put on a race and may or may not have any idea how to do that.

RACE DIRECTOR – This person runs all activities related to setting up, organizing and maintaining the race course, race registration, race operations (timing, hydration, safety, course marking, etc)

These roles can be filled by the same person or a committee (s). it is usually beneficial if there is a team/group involved in the Director portion of the event.

Now that that simple difference has been discussed..lets look at the tasks necessary to set up and put on a race, a foot race.
The tasks are the same for local 5k to an internationally followed and supported marathon.

The tasks can be divided into several buckets.
These buckets are as follows:

*RACE COURSE
*MARKETING/PUBLICITY
*SAFETY /SECURITY
*LOGISTICS
*SUPPLIES
*REGISTRATION
*RESULTS

There several smaller tasks in each bucket and they will be listed / noted in the description for each bucket.

RACE COURSE:

1.Create the course
2.Work with appropriate officials to make the course “acceptable”
3.register the course and if necessary Certify the distance

MARKETING / PUBLICITY :

1.Name the Race
2.Create Online Presence- Website, Facebook, Twitter,….
3.look for Sponsors / Supporters
4.Prepare for runner registration ( see below)
5.Post race information in and on appropriate online communities
6.Plan and schedule traditional ads- TV, radio,newspaper, posters etc….
SAFETY / SECURITY :

1.Contact local “officials” and police, Fire and rescue
2.Study race route for safety concerns and best places for police support.
3.Schedule and create Police and volunteer safety posts on the race course
4.Contact Fire and Rescue / ambulance service for emergency needs on race day

LOGITICS:

1.Prerace and race Planning
2.Course setup and Marking
3.Safety and Water Supplies for the race- on the course and finish line
4.Arrange for appropriate vehicles to transport all the logistical supplies

SUPPLIES :

1.t-shirts or other “schwag” for the runners
2.bib numbers and timing chips if RFID timing used
3.hard goods and equipment for supplies/logistic above
4.food and drink for the race and post-race

REGISTRATION :

1.Online registration- have own system or work with subcontractors available\
2.Paper registration pre-race ? And race weekend?
3.Use this system to manage Supplies and logistics above

RESULTS :

1.How will the race be timed ? Manual or Electronic?
2.Is appropriate equipment available and present?
3.Has it been tested
4.Posting results , LIVE , at the race site
5.Posting results to website or other online space
6.Sending Press release and results to the media

Future posts will cover more in the areas of original concept and arranging with meddling officials at the citu, county or other governemtal body.

We will also discuss safety efforts and working with Police,Fire and rescue and Volunteers.

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Western States 100 Mile Run – Results are in…Well the Leaders are In !! June 29, 2014

At this stage int he race the racers and gifted runners are finished or have DNF’d to try another day and the troopers are still chugging away toward the finish line.

The annual Squaw Valley to Auburn effort is well underway

 

CONGRATS WINNERS

Rob Krar under 15 hrs  and Stephanie Howe just over 18 hours…..

I am still amazed at the cool technology we have to keep track of results from 3000 miles away before or after church or bed ( last night). Nothing new or fancy but just as cool.

 

I have a goal of a 100 miler but with my legs (multiple surgeries on knees,ankle etc [football fun in my youth]  has me wondering about the “smarts” of such a goal. Now WSER or Leadville may be crazy but there may be some courses that won’t break me(distance can do it all alone ).

Returning to the races and adding distance to the collection of 26.2 finishes will be the first step…”baby steps”  to the ultra distance thanks to Bob Wiley from the movie, “What About Bob?”

 

Some news and stories from Western States, about Western States.

http://www.run247.com/articles/article-5152-jez-bragg-interview%3A-i%27ll-do-it-my-way%21.html

Interesting Rob Krar stuff here:

http://iancorless.org/2013/06/19/western-states-endurance-run-preview/

And a great movie about SOME history-

http://www.therunnerstrip.com/2011/11/the-story-behind-unbreakable/

http://www.wser.org  For more info and search under various names. listings titles for this race and others around the trails near you and all over…..

 

 

Boston was a Safe Success but what else happened Last Weekend? April 27, 2014

Boston got lots (maybe too much) Attention and thankfully no cowardly terrorist arrived and Russia was too involved in Ukraine to set up another attack.

But what else happened in running last weekend?

Several years ago, I ran in Louisville so how did the  Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon go? Plus in the neighborhood they have a cool Horse race( and party)  I read a bunch of great reports on line but recommend it as a great place to run and weekend to visit a great city.

** http://derbyfestivalmarathon.com/

Now a little further West- runners flocked to Salt Lake City for a well produced and popular race. I do love to read race reports and it amazes me how 1 person loves it and another whines like a little child.  What makes people cry so much?  Overall if is/was a great  race and will be on my calendar in the future. I don’t know a lot about Salt Lake City but there is a cool Lake nearby….

##   http://www.saltlakecitymarathon.com

 

The Bel Monte Enduraace Runs ( 5omile, 50k, 25k) enjoyed great weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains and a great crowd running the 3 races that feature 46 glorious trail miles and only 4 miles paved. The races were put on by Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports http://www.badtothebone.biz.

http://belmonteraces.com/

*Facebook info-  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bel-Monte-Endurance-Races/174549122590137

 

Miller Lite Charlottesville Marathon , Whole Foods Half Marathon Weekend April 7, 2014

IMG_9381JKW      Saturday April 5, 2014 the 12th Annual Miller Lite Charlottesville marathon was held in historic downtown Charlottsville. The weather was perfect with a starting temperature in the 30’s and the high during the race of 59.

The weekend went well with a great Expo and Beer garden on Friday and Saturday. Music was playing and the town was receptive and enjoyed the attention on our great city and flow of visiting  runners from all over the USA.

The new course boasted many great views of the community and the burgeoning spring colors. Running in this historic community is a great pleasure for those of us from here and great to present it to our “sweaty” guests.

Follow the information at www.charlottesvilllemarathon.com  and

 

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=183058511768974

 

Women’s Awards -Marathon

    1 Catherine Sykes      31 3:02:56    ,             2 Rosemary Barber      23 3:09:58   ,            3 Rebecca Browne       45 3:21:58

 MEN’s Awards-Marathon

1 Aaron Misera         23 2:48:22  ,             2 Carl Schwarz         30 2:54:39  ,          3 Michael Dubovsky     29 3:01:21

Women’s Awards- Half Marathon

    1 Stephanie Phelps     24 1:25:28              2 Rachelle Lee-Warner  35 1:27:24               3 Parker Rhodes        21 1:27:56

 Men’s Awards – Half Marathon              

1 Nathaniel Powers     23 1:19:21              2 Jeffrey Young        22 1:20:13              3 Ben Campbell         20 1:20:29

Women’s Awards – 8K   

1 Ali Spies            25   31:52                 2 Kristin Cupido       25   32:49                3 Carly Page           28   33:06

   Men’s Awards – 8K              

  1 Jamie Symons         40   31:25                2 Jonathan Stocking    31   32:17                3 Nicholas Pritchett   33   34:07

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Disney Marathon 2014 in the Books January 12, 2014

Disney Marathon 2014 in the Books

I tend to personally shy away from these big races. I like 1000-2500 runners for a morning of fun

The Disney and some of the related fun have always been interesting to me. Maybe the kid that watched Wide World of Disney on Sunday night is thinking of a day or 2 in the parks and then a nice 5 hour jog.

*More reports-

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/on-the-town/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2014/1/12/walt_disney_world_ma.html

*And the website if you want to plan for next race:

http://www.rundisney.com/

 

2013 was a Great Year for Running and Runners December 31, 2013

Filed under: Race Reports,Races — bigfootmarty @ 12:21 am
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2013 was a Great Year for Running and Runners

2013 was another great year for running and runners. The tragic blip in Boston was not a running problem but an Islamic radical problem. The city did well to recover and the 2014 race will be an emotional message.

Races are growing and more races are forming. The half marathon is the race of NOW.

The top UltraRunners in the article show the fun and craziness of the LONG RUN. These 2 really kicked butt all year long.  Ian has been in the hunt for the GRAND SLAM. He will stay there as long as he likes. Trains smart and runs solidly- do a few searches and check out some of his marathon race fun.

– Scott Jurek- one the greats in the ULTRA world has won all of the world and is hintingat retiring but has a few things to do ….see below:

http://iancorless.org/2013/10/05/scott-jureks-bucket-list/

On the roads Running times has the following to say:

http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/the-running-times-2013-runners-of-the-year

Whatr will you do this year?  I am not planning nor dreaming of an award BUT i want to stay pain free in my events and successful in setting up and directing the events we do at http://www.badtothebone.biz

 

2013 NY Marathon results November 4, 2013

Filed under: Marathons,Race Reports,Races — bigfootmarty @ 3:41 am

Enjoyed the race coverage on TV today- Hopefully more races will be covered that way.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2013/11/03/new-york-city-marathon-kenyan-runners-sweep/3416033/

Not sure if NY is in my future- do I include it in future goals and hopes?