How to Organize Your First Race

By Melissa Eisler
Active.com

So you're a runner. You've crossed countless finish lines and you think it would be cool to put on your own race. There are a million things a race director must keep in mind when planning and organizing a road race. But three rules stick out above the rest.

Rule No. One: Safety First
Rule No. Two: Don't Lose Money
Rule No. Three: Have Fun


With that said, let this be your step-by-step guide to calling yourself a race director. We'll go through the details on how to follow the three golden rules above, as well as discuss the process from inception to finish line?and beyond.

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Choose Your Event, Location, Date

Choose Your Event, Location, Date

Before you start planning your first event, you need to decide what type of race you can manage, where, and when it should take place. Follow these tips to make sure you've taken all measures into consideration.

Set Goals, Get Permission, Plan the Logistics

Set Goals, Get Permission, Plan the Logistics

The most important things to think about when organizing a race is setting realistic goals, putting safety first, and getting permission to host your event.

Build a Budget, Find Sponsors, Promote Your Race

Build a Budget, Find Sponsors, Promote Your Race

Rule No. 2: Don't lose money at your race. Make sure your budget is in place and you know how to get sponsors and participants with this guide to race budgeting, sponsorship and promotions.

Day of Your Race

Day of Your Race

It's the big day. You're the race director, and you're nervous. How can you make sure the day goes smoothly? Follow these tips from long-time race director Dave McGillivray.

After the Event To-Do List

After the Event To-Do List

The race might be over for the participants, but you still have some work cut out for you. Follow this advice to make sure you have everything covered once the athletes have gone home.

Race Directors: Your Race-Day Checklist

Race Directors: Your Race-Day Checklist

Make sure you're organized at your event with this race-day checklist for first-time race directors.

Smooth Registration Equals Good Results

Smooth Registration Equals Good Results

Follow these few simple suggestions to run an organized registration and avoid the pitfalls of inaccurate results.

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