Race Director? Yikes!

Race DirectorYou never know where you’re going to end up in life. Right now, I am headed toward Race Directorship. In a little over a month, I’ll be a Race Director. And that thought frightens me a little.

Last month, I helped the Mesa Monument Striders running club with the timing of two small races here in the valley – the Valentine Massacre 3 Mile Prediction Run and the Lions Club’s Cabin Fever Reliever 5k. I am learning how to do the timing so that I’ll know the procedures and what to watch out for on the day of the race that I’m planning, the Lincoln O.M. ROARing to Run 5k (April 19, 8:30 a.m.).

One thing I noticed as I was working the timing table at the Cabin Fever Reliever is that when participants came to us with questions, the guy in charge would say, “Oh, we’re just the timers. You’ll need to ask the Race Director.” Then, he’d point out the man, the Lion, who was in charge and send that person his way. Some of the questions they asked, ooo la la, I was glad I wasn’t yet a Race Director because I wouldn’t know how to answer them and wouldn’t want to deal with them.

Other than learning how to time races, I’ve been busy running possible routes, securing insurance, checking into permits, creating a website, designing a race t-shirt, choosing who will make our t-shirts, setting registration fees and age groups, selecting awards and accepting donated door prizes, planning race day snacks and race day registration goodie bags, creating and distributing flyers, organizing a running club at the school to get the students fired up about and trained for the race, lining up volunteers, trying to think through every little detail that needs to be in place on race day, and the biggie – rounding up sponsors. Did you know that races make most of their money (ours is going toward technology for our classrooms) from their sponsors and not through race registration fees? That will definitely be the case with our race as we are keeping our fees incredibly low so that our students and families will be able to participate in this event.

It’s been a bit stressful and I know I’ll be sleeping a whole lot better after April 19, but trying to organize a race has also been a good learning journey.

I just have a few more things to figure out before I’ll feel comfortable wearing that Race Director hat.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:02:55

    Honey, you are going to need that road trip as much as your girls. Your experience is kind of like putting on a dog show.

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  2. Deborah
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 17:41:00

    Wow! I would be totally stressed out. I’m so glad you at least have an end date. It’s crazy when we have so much to do for a specific day, but at least it can’t drag out and make us even crazier. I’ll be thinking of you! I totally understand all the crazy details–particularly the ones that no one thinks of, but that turn out to be so critical (and time-consuming). On the other hand, you’ll be awesome, and the event will be wonderful. Looking forward to hearing about it. 🙂

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    • randee
      Mar 11, 2014 @ 20:26:45

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. And you are right – great that it officially ends on April 19. I hope it’s fun for everyone. I’ll keep you posted.

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  3. betunada
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 20:12:25

    you’ll do swell !

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  4. betunada
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 12:34:57

    tho’ it seemed everyone prepared (at least your pixures indicate that!) for the “massacre” — i’ve become quite not only infamous but lazy that, among other things, i don’t have a timer nor assistant UNTIL ALL THE RUNNERS HAVE RUN AWAY. whoever is left standing around is/are picked to assist with timing, pick places, etc. so far it seems to have ‘worked’ …

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