So, you want to promote a race. Or maybe you just want
some fresh ideas. Here are a few things to help you out with putting
on a simple event. Of course, every event has its own challenges and
needs its own unique flavor, but here is a place to start. If you need
anything further, email one of our club officers.
The Bakersfield Track Club owns most of the items a race director would need to put on a local race. We are a non-profit organization, but we do need to maintain our equipment, so we rent out the material at a cost that is designed to cover our maintenance costs.
Timing and Results-- If you have never put on a race,
you definitely need to go by a few established ones and watch how it is
done and even volunteer for some on the job training.
Timing is easily done with a handheld timer that can
print out the time whenever the lap button is pushed. The
timer is started at "Go," and every time a runner crosses the finish
line, a volunteer presses the lap button. Make sure to watch
the incoming runners to make sure they are actually in the race.
A person (a very astute person) standing next to the one with the
timer will have a clip board and a
Finishing Sheet. This person will record the bib numbers, along
with their respective finish times, as the runners come through the
The simple, basic way of getting your age group
winners organized is with tear off tags from runner's bibs. Make
sure to record the racer's name, age, gender, and event on the bib.
Stick the tear off tags to a table or board as the runners
cross the finish line. Then using an
Sheet, you record your winners for each age group from the
sequence of race bibs so you can get awards out.
And now for some helpful contacts...
Premier Printing (ask for Kenny) - print your logo
on t-shirts, water bottles, hats, socks, mugs, or pretty much anything
that leaks out of your imagination.
(661) 703-2083 (mobile)
Creative Concepts - t-shirts, etc.
Byron W Moore race photography http://www.byronwmoore.com/