Merchants of Dirt Episode #39
There are some hidden challenges that hide within the multi-day slogfest that few one-and-done race directors have experienced.
Directing a Multi-Day Race
The multi-day race is a special kind of challenge that requires more than one plan, better communications, and hopefully a few hours of sleep. In this episode, I’m going to give you the five (5) takeaways I learned after directing a Multi-Day racing event that include: Race Day Plans Change -- Both DaysKeeping Everyone in TownKeeping the Venue AliveVolunteer BurnoutRace Director Burnout
These are the hard lessons learned when the complexity is doubled and the problems that emerge are so unique that you will never see them coming. That is until you are in the middle of the chaos. After doing a dozen of these multi-day races I have a perspective that few single day race directors have the chance to experience. That means that if you’re a one-and-done promoter, or you’re thinking about tackling the multi-day race format, then you need to buckle up buttercup. Because I’m going to pull back the curtain and expose the 5 challenges you will certainly discover when you decide the commit to this type of slogfest. A slogfest that does not end when the first day’s sun goes down.
Race Day Plans Change -- Both Days!
Key takeaways: Some things you planned do not work on race day (impractical)Other things sound like a great idea but then turn out to be silly (overkill)Too much turnout of certain categories (or a lack of turnout) can change your plans
Continued reading: Race Promotion RoadmapPrinciples of a profitable race
Keeping Everyone in Town
Key takeaways: Not everyone is going to stay the entire timeCommunications need to be clear each dayUnderstand that people may have traveled a long way to raceDelays, cancellations, and mistakes are compounded
Continued reading: Put away the shotgun and start messaging with precisionThe 5 productivity tools every race promoter needs to use
Keeping the Venue Alive
Key takeaways: The venue is vulnerable during the time between each dayRunning out of supplies on Day 2+Having to recheck everything againWeather double-jeopardy
Continued reading: Oh, No! Where’s Kyle? He has all the gear!Check your venue before race day, or else7 venue areas that ever race needs
Key takeaways: Volunteers for Day 1 are much easier to lock down than Day 2Too much effort in getting volunteers to come on Day 1Scramble to find volunteers for Day 2Racers are smartAreas that I thought would be a problem turned out to not be a problem
Continued reading: How to recruit enough volunteers before race dayThe #1 reason volunteers can ruin your raceOh, Captain, my captain of volunteers
Race Director Burnout
Key takeaways: Two Day events are exhaustingTake all the gear with you after the end of race oneBring it all back for race twoSingle-point of failure for gear and planning
Continued reading: It’s Time to Build Your Outdoor LifeBe a Race Promoter, not a race directorWhy do race promoters fail?
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