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Build Customer Loyalty for Your Event

Build Customer Loyalty for Your Event

Look at any race calendar these days and you will find dozens of events within driving distance of your town that you can choose to participate in and support. New ones pop up every year. If you already have your event established and are enjoying some level of community support, now is the time to make sure that your participants keep you at the top of their list when it comes time to decide where to spend their registration dollars.

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How to Put on a Dog-friendly Event

They do not call dogs man’s best friend for nothing. They are members of our family that can be as important to us as our children, except the dogs follow directions better and are not as messy. People like to take their furry friends with them everywhere these days. Running events are no exception. So why not put on an event that caters to 45% of the households that have at least one of the 78 million dogs in this country!

Cold Weather Events: Embrace the Elements

For some of you out there, your geographic location is going to force you to deal with some colder weather if you want to have a running event between November and February. Others may only get an occasional cold blast during the time of year their event is scheduled. Whichever category you fall into, there are important details that need to be considered.

Tips on How to Structure Event Age Groups

People run for all kinds of reasons. For most, the primary competition for a runner is against themselves. Chasing a PR, weight loss, or general fitness are common themes. Some are driven to compete and want to win. People also want to know how their results stack up against their peer group. Having properly staggered age-categories allows runners to gauge their efforts in this way.

How to Organize a Jingle Bell Run or Turkey Trot

The holidays are upon us whether we are ready or not! Retailers have had their Halloween products out for a while now and we even saw some Christmas items already. We are not being Scrooge, we love the holiday season here at RaceDirector! Getting in the spirit of things as an RD with a holiday-themed race may not only make you jolly, but if done right it can become the event of the season in your running community.

Benefits of Creating a Race Booklet for Your Event

What you get in swag bags at running events can vary widely. If you are paying a premium price at a higher profile event, then your expectations may be a bit different than if you are participating in a local 5K benefiting the school's PTO. No matter where your race falls in this spectrum, implementing the idea of creating a Race Booklet can benefit any event.

Safety Concerns Every Race Director Should Consider

Safety first is a phrase we hear all the time. When it comes to putting on any kind of public event, the organizers have a duty and obligation to minimize the potential for injury or harm to all participants and spectators. Here are some special safety considerations that running events present.

Which Day is Better for My Race? Saturday or Sunday?

Deciding which day will yield the best participation for your event is one of many important decisions you have to make. This question is not as simple as it seems, and there are a myriad of variables to consider. In this article, we will give you some things to think about to make the best decision for your race.

How to Maximize Efficiency at Aid Stations During Your Race

Aid stations at a race are one of those things that no one especially notices or talks about if you get it right, but if you run out of ice or any other essentials then people in China are going to hear all about it. Not only do you need to have the right supplies, but you also need a solid game plan for executing each aid station.

Post-Race Surveys: Go From Good to Great!

We all need constructive feedback to improve and get better. At RaceDirector, we are in the process of creating a survey right now. That got us thinking, every race should always have a post-race survey. As we worked to craft our customer survey, we thought it might be helpful to share some tips on how to properly construct your survey to get the feedback you need.

Turn Your Event into a Runcation

Having solid local participation and support for your race is important. At RaceDirector, we know you need the local running community to support your event. Not only are these people your participants, but they are also the business owners who may provide sponsorship or be your volunteer base. Maybe the way to grow your event and have it stand out is to broaden the geographic appeal and look for an opportunity to turn your event into a runcation.

What Type of Race Bib Should I Use?

When putting on a race, there are hundreds of decisions to be made along the way. Some are necessary and fairly insignificant. Others can be very impactful and directly affect the experience of your participants. Each runner will hold your bib in their hand and pin it to their shirt on race day. In the RaceDirector blog today, we will give you some tips on how to choose wisely.

Music at Your Event: Do You Need a License?

Music is a big part of creating a festive scene at the start/finish of any race or event. Most of us have hundreds if not thousands of songs on our iPods or phones that we have purchased on iTunes or other services. If you have been just plugging your device into the PA system and blasting your carefully crafted and curated playlist from your collection, then you are most likely in violation of copyright law. At RaceDirector we do not want to have to help anyone with an attorney referral, so here is how to be legit.

Adding Distance Options to Your Existing Event Could Be a No-Brainer

At RaceDirector we know how much work goes into putting on a running event. A race that looks pretty simple and straightforward still involves careful attention to a multitude of details the average participants will never know about. Now that you have all this in place, you may be able to add another distance to your event with minimal effort.

QR Code Participant Check-in: New to RaceDirector

We are all used to seeing UPC bar codes on products for quite some time now. Grocery stores have even put us to work scanning them in self-checkout lanes. So what are these new-fangled QR codes, and how can they help you when organizing and managing your next event in a more efficient manner?

Go Green! Make Your Race More Environmentally Friendly

Being more environmentally conscious is a big trend right now. Trendy or not, at RaceDirector we think being a good steward of our environment and natural resources is just the right thing to do. Read today's blog post for ideas and tips on how to be a part of the solution.

What Type of Race Timing System Do I Need for My Event?

Timing and recording results for races and other events have come a long way from the days of a hand-held stopwatch and clipboard. Deploying technology for your event may be exactly what you need, but for some races a simple, low-tech option might get the job done just as well.

Choosing a Route for Your Running Event

There are a multitude of things to think about and decisions to make when creating a successful running event. At RaceDirector, we think you should start by carefully contemplating the course you choose. Here are some of the key areas to think about.