Sunday, January 20, 2013

On Race Directing

I've been running Ultramarathons now since 2005, just a year after I started running in 2004. You can always read how I got into this sport HERE. I've had the incredible opportunity and the injury free fortune to see most of America on foot. I started blogging in 2004, and blogging here in March 2007. I've shared many opinions and views in that time.. but none of them have been as candid as my views on race directing.

In the last few years, race directing has become as much a part of this sport as running in races itself. It seems like everybody wants a piece of the pie. Everywhere you turn, new trail and/or ultra running clubs are springing up all over the country and their associated races are popping up with them. Instead of folks putting on one race a year, they're hosting a series of races in multiple locations. I've never had a problem with this. I think it's great for our sport. It offers variety, and it offers choices when the more popular events have filled up quicker each year. It creates a unique opportunity for any runner to enjoy an event that's made just for them.