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July 21, 2016

3 Things A Race Director Should Never Leave Home Without

3 Things A Race Director Should Never Leave Home Without

As a race director, you’re constantly on the go. And living a life on the go ain’t always easy. You’ve got to be prepared for anything. Like an issue with your printer, or your website going down or the zombie apocalypse (hey, it could happen!).

Don’t get caught without the 3 things a race director should never leave home without:


Your Workout Gear

You never know where the day is going to take you.

When you’re pitching potential sponsors, meeting with local officials to get your permits or interviewing vendors for everything from designing the bibs for bib assignment to your online race registration platform provider, you’re probably going to have to go the suit and tie/button down and pencil skirt route. But even if you’re stuck in fancy-pants meetings all morning, there’s a good chance you’ll have to switch gears in the afternoon and roll up your sleeves for some good old fashioned manual labor. Like putting together your schwag bags or setting up obstacles for your course.

That’s why you should always have your workout gear handy. Having your running shoes and clothes that you don’t mind sweating in will take you straight through all of the work you’ve got to get done for your race right through to your actual workout (assuming you have time for a workout).

Be prepared to suit up.


Your Smartphone

Let me preface this by saying if you’re leaving the house without your smartphone in 2016, no matter what your profession, you’re doing something wrong. Your smartphone is an absolute must for keeping you connected and organized on the go.

Think about all the things you can do for your race (and yourself) with your smartphone:

  • Check your growing number of race registrations

  • Post to your social media networks

  • Take photos of your course to post to your race registration website

  • Order new race merchandise

  • Have a conference call with your vendors

  • Approve your new logo design

  • Play Candy Crush (wait…is that just me?)


The point is, you have a freakin’ supercomputer that fits in your pocket. Don’t leave home without it.


A Stress Ball

Or a meditation tape. Or a bottle (or three) of wine. You know, whatever does it for you.

The point is, planning a race is stressful, and you need something on hand to help take the edge off when sh*t starts to get real. Which I promise you, my race directing friend, it will.

When you’re in the throes of event planning hell, it can be easy to forget that you’re, you know, a real life person with needs of your own.

I know you care about your race. That’s why you’re an awesome race director. But don’t care about your race so much that you forget to care about yourself.


Use this list as a starting point. You'll probably have your own items to add but don't get caught without these three essentials. 

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