Tag: Race Director

Becoming a Race Director

Dear Ann, I have loved ultrarunning as a runner, but I’d like to take on a race as a race director and give back more. I know you were RD of the iconic Firetrails 50 Miler later in your career and you did a superb job....

Rules

Rules; who likes ’em? Nobody. Who needs ’em? Everybody. Running ultras is supposed to be fun. The last thing we want to deal with is having a bunch of rules to worry about. Unfortunately, ultrarunning is practiced...

10 Keys to Race Directing

Race directing isn’t rocket science. It’s mostly grunt work and taking care of a lot of picky details. It’s not easy to write about race directing in a general sense, since there is so much variability in ultras. Some ar...

Spec Ops Your Race

Last year, there were 550,650 marathon finishers and 84,000 ultra finishers. To my mind, these numbers indicate that nearly half a million people would love the heck out of ultrarunning if they tried it. A major way race...

Tejas Trails Tales

You may have read the recent article from Joe Prusaitis about how he and his wife, Joyce, passed their “baby,” aka Tejas Trails, on to a new guy. Well, I’m that “new guy” and I want you to know about some plans of mine t...

From The South: Our Race Directors Are Changing

If there is one aspect of our sport that has been transformed in the 1980s, it is the relationship between runners and race directors. Prior to this decade, the sport was so small that virtually everyone knew everyone el...

Multi-Day Race Directing in the Land of Oz

Prospects for the country's only remaining six-day race were grimmer than ever this year. Years of running, watching, and directing multi-day events had taught me at least one lesson: They are attractive enough as a curi...