Racing / Running / 5k / 10k / Marathon Production Guide

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Many events and festivals either have a running component to them or utilize a run as the focus of their event.  With that, there are unique elements to consider when producing a race:

  • Planning the Race
    • Deciding what kind of race to have – length(s) 
      • 5k
      • 10k
      • Half Marathon
      • Full Marathon
      • Relays
      • Kid’s Races (often less than 2k)
    • Planning the race route
      • Coordinating with local municipalities to ensure road closures are possible
      • Ensuring the race route is the proper length
      • Working with local residents and/or businesses affected by the route to ensure cooperation
    • Coordinating the race timing
    • Implementing a sign up / registration process online and/or in person
    • Providing runners with the proper gear onsite
      • Race bibs
  • Executing the Race
    • Building a proper start / finish area
      • This can involve a truss portal with signage, a finish line ribbon, PA for announcements, and area for crowds to gather 
    • Building the race course
      • Often, there is a short amount of time between the road closures start and the race start, so it’s imperative there is enough of a crew to move the barricade, water stations, and other infrastructure into place in time
    • Ensuring racers have standard amenities during the race
      • Water stations
      • Restrooms
      • Signage
      • Food / drink after the race
    • Having a place for racers to check their results, be it in person and/or online
  • Sponsorship Opportunities for Races
    • Pace Car
    • Signage along the race route
    • Signage on the start / finish portal
    • Online
    • On the race bibs
    • MC for calling the race (often this can be someone from a local TV or radio station)
  • Optional Ideas
    • Having a post-race entertainment area
    • Having entertainment along the race route
    • Encourage runners to wear costumes / participate in a theme
    • Involve a local charity
    • Lockers to store gear

The Turkey Trot Start / Finish Line with Pace Car in Austin, Tx

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