If you could talk to a race director, wouldn’t you like to tell them what you want from your race?
This Friday Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run, the brains behind the Friday Five Linkup, gave us free reign. But I decided to keep it in the 5 things format.
Because all runners have scratched their heads, wondering why race directors do the things they do. And if you’ve ever directed a race, feel free to weigh in!
Let us transfer bibs or defer!
Transferring bibs just seems like a win-win to me, so I’m not sure why more races don’t allow it. My guess it it’s a logistical headache for the race crew, but wouldn’t the goodwill it incurred be worth the extra work?
I like to sign up for races early, but I rarely do. Even though I don’t have an incredibly busy life, I have elderly parents. elderly animals, a husband who travels for work sometimes, and let’s face it — sometimes craziness or illness happens and that race you signed up for at the beginning of the year becomes a burden instead of a joy.
I love races that allow you to defer! Not that I’ve run one yet, but I’ve been eyeing a few. I love the possibility of signing up early but having an escape hatch just in case.
Enough water and food for everyone
I have run more than one half where there was no water left for us back of the packers. And once there were no cups.
How expensive are cups and water? Get too much. Do you really want people complaining all over the Internet about how poorly your race was organized?
And then there was the race that promised chocolate milk fresh from the cows. I’m not even a chocolate milk lover, but I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately it was available to both the public and the racers and I bet you can guess just how much I got.
Lower price option for no tee or medal
Just how many race tees can you wear? I do wear mine: I like to train in them, to remind me of the races I’ve already trained for and run; and I walk the dogs in them and cross train in them too.
There comes a point, though, when enough is enough. When I’d rather pay less for the race and skip the tee. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone on this one.
And those medals for shorter races? Kind of cool, but quite frankly, I don’t have the emotional attachment to them (all two of them) that I do to my medals from my halfs (and you can also read my musings on medals for everyone, too).
Useful swag instead of the Tee
And speaking of race tees . . . one of my cherished possessions is my beer glass from Runnin’ of the Green (even though I don’t drink, it’s a nice size for smoothies). The socks from ZOOMA Annapolis were much appreciated. The insulated bag and coffee cup from Redding Road Race.
All things that I use and remind me of the race. I’d much rather get something useful than a tee. Or another RoadID discount.
For God’s sake, have it end flat or downhill!
I know I’m not alone on this one!
Austin. Montreal. ZOOMA Annapolis. Heartbreak Hill. Just some of my halfs that have have had monster hills at the end of the race.
Actually, ZOOMA didn’t have a monster hill at the end, but there was a small hill, and all the heat, humidity, and relentless hills before that definitely made a mountain out of that mole hill.
And yes, I signed up for it at Heartbreak Hill.
Even so, I’m sure we runners agree (and that running survey that has been floating around definitely agrees) that we would prefer to run the hills in the beginning, not at the end).
What would you like to tell or ask a race director?