Another Saturday, another race. While some races are quite organized, others have room for improvement. After participating in over 20 races in 9 months and watching at least 10 others while my hubby ran, I have a few suggestions.
Signs, Signs, Signs
You cannot have too many signs/instructions at an event. Where to park? Where is registration? Where are the bathrooms/port-a-potties? Where is the start line? Once you have everything in place, walk it as if you had never been there. What would you need to see?
If I don’t know something, who do I ask?
While it is not economical to have volunteers in the same shirt at all races, they need to be identified SOMEHOW. Even just the “Hello My Name Is” badge would help. And volunteers should know who to ask if they dont know the answer.
Where do I run?
Races with the same route year after year need to remember that there are always new racers. Mark the route or have volunteers along the route.
Water is a must in the heat
You should always let participants know ahead of time if there are water stops or not. If there are not, they may want to take their own. For the water provided at the end of the race – having it as close to the finish line as possible really helps the runners – especially in this heat.
Close to my heart: WALKERS
While I often walk the 5Ks, sometimes I choose to do the 1 mile or 2 mile walk that is offered. Sometimes they call this a “fun walk”. 99% of the time, I am paying as much as the 5K participants. As such, I expect the walk to be as organized as the run. I often feel the walkers get the shaft. If the registration form says walk starts 5 minutes after the runners – DON’T FORGET to start the walkers. Mark the 1 mile course just as you would the other course. Make sure the volunteers along the course know which way the walkers should go. This is a HUGE pet peeve of mine – especially when I have paid the same amount as the 5K participants. If you don’t have the volunteers necessary to often multiple events, don’t.
In closing, I have really enjoyed all the races we have done. It is great to get out there and get some exercise. And I am getting quite the collection of t-shirts. 🙂
Just wanted to throw out a few suggestions.