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Head Start is a podcast for race directors and anyone involved in the business of putting on races.

It doesn't matter where you're based or how many years experience you have or whether you're putting on a running race, a triathlon, an obstacle race or whatever. If you’ve got an interest in planning, organizing and growing endurance events, this is the podcast for you.

The focus of the podcast is twofold:

1) we bring you the latest and coolest innovations hitting the mass-participation endurance events industry, and

2) we bring you tips and actionable advice from industry experts to help you improve your race - one episode at a time.

Head Start is produced by RaceDirectorsHQ.com, an online resource platform and community network for race directors and race management professionals.

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Ask yourself this: when was the last time you bought something without checking out reviews for it online? Experiences, like races, are no different. When you have a dozen 10Ks to choose from, you’ll want to hear what others have to say about each race before making your decision. And that’s where race reviews come in. Whether they’re hosted on your website or a third-party site, reviews are the mirror of your race to the world. It’s the best social proof you have and the most effective way to communicate to prospective participants what’s great and unique about your events.Well, my guests today, Alex Tanti and Katie Ho, know a thing or two about the power of race reviews. Through Racecheck.com and RaceRaves.com, they’ve helped thousands of races make the most of the huge missed opportunity that is race reviews, and they’ll be sharing with us today all the tips and tricks that can help you make the most of your race reviews in your marketing and PR communications.The importance of race reviews in race marketing and the participant sign-up journeyRace reviews vs race surveys as feedback and marketing tools for organizersWhy even mediocre reviews are better than no reviews at all How to win over participants by addressing negative reviewsMedals, goodie bags, porta potties: common things people focus on when reviewing a raceHow a participant’s race performance will bias their review of the raceHow to use strong race reviews in your race marketing, social media and with local mediaHow to address negative reviews and win over participantsHow to encourage participants to leave more reviews for your raceUsing incentives to solicit more reviews and how to do it rightThanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 22,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more resources on anything and everything related to race directing on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com. You can also share your questions about making the most of your race reviews or anything else in our Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
Have you ever thought about timing your races yourself? Building your own RFID timing system? Perhaps even building a small race timing business on the side as a way to diversify your income?Well, doing your own race timing is certainly not for everyone. For most race directors, managing their own race timing is the last thing they need on race day. Nevertheless, DIY race timing is exactly the route many race directors choose to go down, either to save money, try their hands at building a race timing side-business or simply for the enjoyment of building their own RFID timing system. Today I’ll be talking to Brian Agee of Agee Race Timing, a man very well-known among DIY race timing enthusiasts not only for his very popular race timing software, but also for his willingness to share with others everything he’s learned building and operating DIY race timing.Over the next hour or so, we’ll be touching on a few things with Brian, from choosing the right components for your race timing system to bringing everything together, setting up your system correctly, and avoiding some common race day pitfalls. In this episode:What is an open hardware timing system and who is it suitable forPros and cons of open timing systems vs branded/proprietary systems (MYLAPS, Chronotrack, IPICO etc)How proprietary systems use password-protected tags and what that means for the ongoing operating cost of your branded system.The main components of a DIY timing system: reader, antennas, cables, tags, softwareMat antennas vs panel antennasPassive vs active RFID tags2-port vs 4-port RFID readersThe cost of building a DIY RFID timing systemChip starts/chip times: when you need them and when you don’tRecommended RFID tag placement: bib tags vs shoe tags vs wrist tagsDouble tagging: pros and cons of using two tags per runnerThe cost of buying RFID tagsMaking disposable tags reusable Programming/encoding your RFID tagsInexpensive backup systems for your main RFID timing system: camcorders, capturing backup times manually, using secondary RFID systemsThanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 22,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more resources on anything and everything related to race directing on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com, where you’ll also find a 5% discount from Atlas RFID Store for all your RFID timing equipment needs and a 15% discount from Agee Race Timing on timing software you can use with both your DIY and proprietary timing system.If you are building and operating your own system, Race Timing Hub is our Facebook group dedicated just to race timing and building race timing systems, so come join that and people, including Brian, will be glad to help out with any questions you may have.
Making races more sustainable is on more and more race directors’ radar these days - which is awesome. But when it comes to moving from theory to practice, working to affect actual change in your race that has a meaningful impact on your event’s environmental footprint, things sometimes get a little bit confusing. Where do you even start? How do you benchmark where you’re currently at with your event, so you can measure your progress going forward? What things should you focus on? And what does making progress even look like, when it comes to making your race greener?These questions and more is what we’ll be discussing today with the help of my guest, Bruce Rayner. Bruce is the Chief Green Officer at Athletes for a Fit Planet and has been working at the forefront of event sustainability for years, having helped countless races, major road races and triathlons as well as local events, become more sustainable by reducing their environmental footprint. So if you’re ready to work on making your event more sustainable today, you’ll get a great head start out of the next hour or so.In this episode: A look at the progress the endurance events industry has made towards greater sustainabilityThe reasons still holding back race directors from committing more strongly to the sustainability effort How to start benchmarking your waste and carbon footprintPrimary vs secondary waste: what counts as your race’s waste and carbon footprint?Who should cover the offsetting cost for participant travel, the event or the participant?What is carbon offsetting and how can it help events get to carbon neutrality?Asking participants to cover their carbon footprint through their registration feeAre participants willing to pay a “green” surcharge to cover the offsetting cost of their travel?Why it’s important for races to be transparent with participants on what their carbon footprint isThe marketing benefit of promoting your race’s environmental credentialsHow to avoid recyclable waste contamination by getting your volunteers to sort itRecovering and recycling discarded water cups and bottles at aid stationsThe advantage of using compostable cups vs recyclable paper cupsIs cupless racing possible for road races?The role of businesses and local government as sustainability sponsors for racesLinks:What are Carbon Offsets and How Do They Work?Thanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 22,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about making your race more sustainable or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
Managing Participant Flows

Managing Participant Flows

2021-08-0901:05:07

Have you ever wondered how the choices you make about your race start procedure can affect every aspect of the rest of your race? Even simple things, like choosing a wave start over a rolling start, or changing the order and size of each wave, or the width of your start line, can have a significant impact on your race’s safety, congestion on the course, and even your staffing requirements for aid stations and your race finish area.Today I have the pleasure of having as my guest Marcel Altenburg, probably the world’s foremost expert in crowd dynamics for mass-participation events. Marcel is a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and has helped countless races optimize their participant flows from start to finish. Marcel has so much experience in this area and we’ll be going over some simple rules Marcel has come up with from his research that you can use to optimize your race start procedure - whatever the size or type of your race.In this episode:What is crowd science and how it can be applied to the study of participant flows during mass-participation endurance eventsHow your start line procedure affects everything that happens downstream at your race race courseAlways try to order start waves by pace (faster runners at the front, slower runners at the back), even if you can't do it perfectlyMake your start line 30% narrower than the narrowest point on your course to avoid congestionAim for a max 3 people per sqm in your start pen for a safe, comfortable race startKeep start waves of slower runners at the back smaller than start waves of faster runners at the frontPrefer rolling starts over open starts to eliminate the uncertainty of people arriving at random timesFor socially-distanced races, keep participants sufficiently socially-distanced at the start and they will only spread out further during the courseThanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 22,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about start line procedures, participant social distancing or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
Selling Sponsorships

Selling Sponsorships

2021-07-2601:37:13

Selling sponsorships is arguably the biggest chronic challenge race directors face. Many race directors simply don’t like doing it, others don’t know where to start, and perhaps some have even given up after multiple frustrations and disappointments.My guest today, Ben Pickel, is the Director of Sales and Strategy at Life Time Events. Ben has been working for years in the front lines of sponsorship sales, and knows a thing or two about the ups and downs of event sponsorship. His advice? Know your event. Understand what a sponsor needs. Accept that not everyone will say ‘yes’. And just go for it with integrity, perseverance and confidence in what you’ve  built and what you have to offer. Today’s episode is a long one - the longest we’ve done so far, in fact. But there was just so much ground to cover with Ben, from finding and approaching sponsors, to negotiating and closing sponsorship deals, so I hope you’ll bear with us till the end.In this episode: Re-establishing the value of sponsorship when talking with sponsors post-COVIDWhat sponsors are trying to achieve through sponsorshipThe difference between engagement-focused sponsors and sales-focused sponsorsHow to manage sales-focused sponsorsThe importance of having sponsors that align with your event's brand and identityWhat event assets sponsors are interested inHow to approach your first sponsor meetingHow to figure out which person to contact in the sponsor organizationThe importance of reaching out to sponsors in the first few weeks after the end of your eventHow to present demographics for your audience in sponsorship proposalsThe pros and cons of using sponsorship packages (e.g. Gold, Silver, Bronze)Setting a price for sponsorship: how you would know whether you're over- or under-pricing sponsorshipWhy most race directors tend to under-price sponsorshipThe pitfalls of offering sponsorship discountsWhy you should focus on activating lower-paying sponsorships One-year vs multi-year sponsorships Title sponsorships: are the right for your event?The value of in-kind sponsorshipsHow to deal with rejections from sponsors and how to make the most of a negative outcomeThanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 22,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about sponsorships or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
With races starting to come back, and at least a hint of normalcy slowly returning to the endurance events market, it’s a good time to take stock of where we currently are on the road to recovery. Are more participants signing up for races? Are they signing up later, as some race directors have suggested? Are in-person races making a strong comeback? And what about virtual races which dominated events for most of last year? We’ll be answering these questions and more today with the help of my guests, Johanna Goode and Bob Bickel from GiveSignup|RunSignup. With registration data coming in from thousands of races, GiveSignup|RunSignup is in a pretty unique position to be able to provide actual data-driven insights into what’s happening in the market - and, as we’ll see, the conclusions coming out of the data are not always what you’d expect.In this episode:Total registrations volume is still down, but recoveringIn-person races are making a strong comeback, but virtual races are still a thingEntry fees are starting to normalize towards 2019 levels Contrary to anecdotal evidence, the data doesn't support the narrative that participants are registering later than usualNo clear evidence right now that more first-time racers are entering eventsDownward trend in participation for younger audiences continuesThanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 21,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about the findings in this episode or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
Kids Runs

Kids Runs

2021-07-0501:04:03

Does your race offer a kids run alongside your main events? If not, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to make your race more attractive for families, as well as getting a few more sponsors on board that may not normally take an interest in sponsoring your race. Lucie Murray of specialised kids run production company Run Kids Run has been managing kids runs for some of the largest races on the West Coast, including the LA Marathon, Surf City Marathon and Santa Monica Classic. She is an expert in developing youth and family programs for races, and on this episode she’ll be sharing with us her insights on how to put on a successful kids run, how to make it work alongside your adult races, as well as some tips for monetising your kids run through sponsorships with family-oriented brands and businesses.Things covered in this episode:The benefits of adding a kids run to your raceManaging kid runners (and overeager parents!)Ensuring your kid runners' safety and privacy protectionSwag: kid wants what mommy/daddy got! + more...Marking the most of your kids run: family registration, kids zones, kids run sponsorship opportunitiesThanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 21,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about kids runs, race family activities or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
When it comes to waste in the endurance events industry, water bottles are the big plastic elephant in the room. So it’s no surprise that a great deal of effort has recently been going into finding ways to tackle the problem of plastic bottle waste in races. Today, we're talking to Lise Honsinger, CFO & COO of Notpla, a UK-based company pioneering the use of edible packaging. Notpla’s flagship edible sachet, Ooho, has been used in the London Marathon and many other races across the world with great success as a totally safe, naturally biodegradable substitute for plastic bottles. So it’s a great treat to have Lise tell us more about it today.Things covered in this episode:A short history of Notpla, the company revolutionizing edible packagingWhat is Ooho? What is it made of? What liquids can it hold? How do you consume it?Ooho as an alternative to water bottles in racesRunner feedback from using Ooho in the London MarathonGetting Ooho for you race: How many will you need? How much does it cost? How can you order?The future of Notpla and OohoThanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 21,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about sustainability, reducing bottle waste or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
Charity Partnerships

Charity Partnerships

2021-06-2144:21

Having a charity partner is sometimes a bit of an afterthought for many race directors. And yet, there’s so many benefits to getting a charity involved with your event, from increased participation and volunteer recruitment opportunities to even higher likelihood of closing sponsorship agreements. Well, today, I’m talking to industry veteran Susan Hurley, Founder of CharityTeams, about how to approach charities, what to expect out of a charity partnership and how to make the most of this underappreciated opportunity for your event.Things covered in this episode:Why partnering your race can help your race registrations, volunteer recruitment, community buy-in and sponsorship prospectsWhat charity partners expect from your eventHow to research and do due diligence on potential charity partnersHow to pitch your event to your shortlisted charity partner candidatesHow to structure your charity giveback in a way that best aligns your interests with those of your charity partnerHow to set up a charity program for your raceLinks:Charity Navigator - ratings agency for nonprofit organizationsGuideStar - search data, reports and information on nonprofits Thanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 21,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about charity partnerships and fundraising or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
Bluetooth Timing

Bluetooth Timing

2021-06-1452:24

Professional race timing is one of those things everyone’s come to expect when entering a race. And, for more than three decades, RFID has been the undisputed gold standard when it comes to timing races.But, with new technologies coming on to the market, cheaper and more widely available alternatives to RFID timing are fast becoming a reality. Alternatives like Bluetooth, which can be programmed to deliver highly accurate race times at a fraction of the cost of RFID.Does that mean you could soon be timing your race on your own, using just a pair of phones? Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to be getting into today with my guest, Atlas Live Tracking Founder, Jean-Louis Lafayeedney.Things covered in this episode:Bluetooth race timing: what it is and how it worksTags and components for a Bluetooth timing systemSetting up multiple timing points using a Bluetooth timing systemTypes of races Bluetooth timing is best and least suited forBluetooth vs RFID timing accuracyBluetooth vs RFID timing costHow to hire or buy a Bluetooth timing systemThanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 21,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about race marketing or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
Trail Race Safety

Trail Race Safety

2021-06-0701:19:19

On May 22nd, tragedy struck when severe weather hit the Huanghe Shilin Mountain Marathon in China. Caught between checkpoints along the 100km race course, runners found themselves exposed to hail and freezing rain at 3,000ft. When rescue teams finally reached the area, 21 people had died. Today we're talking to Lindley Chambers: race director, first aider and former Chair of the UK Trail Running Association, about what went wrong in that fateful race and how trail race directors (and race directors of all kinds of races) can work to better prepare themselves and their events for when the worst happens.Things covered in this episode:Huanghe Shilin Mountain Marathon: What went wrong?How to write a sound, common-sense risk assessment/emergency plan for your race without going overboardDeciding on how many safety personnel you'll needWill runners be happy to pay a premium for a safer, but more expensive, race?Things race directors can do to better prepare participants for risks they might face in a raceShould there be more regulation and/or special certification requirements for high-risk races?What should go into a participant mandatory gear listReferences:Why the Ultra-Race Tragedy in China Wasn’t Surprising (Outside)Thanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 21,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events, visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about race safety or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
2021 is shaping up to be a year of two halves for the endurance events industry. The first half, like most of 2020, has been an almost total write-off. The second? That is shaping up to be one of the busiest race seasons ever, with oversaturated race calendars and intense competition among events for participants making their return to racing.So, what should you be doing to promote your race in this market?  And what channels and strategies should you focus on to stand out from the competition? I’ll be getting into all that and more in today’s episode with the help of my guest, Big Run Media Managing Partner, Thomas Neuberger. Things covered in this episode:Lessons learned from marketing The Woodlands Marathon (sell-out event in Texas that took place in early March 2021)How participant signup patterns have shifted towards late registration - and will remain so for the foreseeable futureFacebook ads: Do they still offer good value for marketing your race?The rise of Instagram The importance of race photos in expanding your race reachPromoting your race with Strava clubsDon't miss in this episode: Thomas' tips for helping your race stand out among major races this fallThe one thing about your race you need to be advertising as soon as you can (hint: it's the swag!)Thanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 21,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about race marketing or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
Waste is a big problem in the events industry and endurance events are no exception. And it’s not only about water bottle waste. Sometimes the things we offer our participants, like medals and T-shirts, end up discarded or in a cupboard somewhere never to see the light of day again.Change may be just around the corner though. In today's episode we'll be hearing from Chris Zair on how UK-based Trees not Tees is helping race directors offer participants the option of planting a tree instead of (or often on top of) receiving the traditional finisher shirt and medal.It's a really interesting discussion with lots of details on how the Trees not Tees model could incentivize change in the industry through a win-win for participants and race directors alike.Things covered in this episode:How Trees not Tees was born from the frustration of trail runner, Jim MannThe Trees not Tees model: good for participants, good for race directors, good for sponsors, good for the environment.The economics of Trees not Tees: What does it cost for the race director to offer a tree-planting option? What does it cost Trees not Tees to plant the trees? The secret sauce: How can Trees not Tees plant trees at a loss and still make it work in the log run (hopefully!)Trees not Tees' ambitious roadmap for planting 50 million trees by 2025Don't miss in this episode:How Trees not Tees' sustainable reforestation at scale helps turn wasteland into vibrant wild ecosystems Trees not Tees' plans for US expansionThanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 21,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com.You can also share your questions about race waste, sustainability or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
To say it's been a challenging year for the endurance events industry would be an understatement. So what can we learn from what we’ve been through to help us improve the way we manage risk in the events industry going forward? That’s what we’ll be exploring in today's episode with the help of our guest, Nathan Nicholas, Managing Partner at specialist insurance broker Nicholas Hill Group. When it comes to 1-in-1,000-type risks in the industry, Nathan has dealt with it all, from severe weather and natural catastrophes to terrorism and, now, pandemics. So he’s the right person to help us understand what happens when things like COVID come around, how events are affected, and how they can protect themselves going forward with the help of event cancellation insurance. Things covered in this episode:What's been happening in the race insurance industry during the COVID pandemicRace cancellation insurance: What is it? What does it cover? Does it pay out? How much does it cost? Communicable disease cover: What is it? Is it part of your race cancellation policy? Can you buy COVID cover today?The state of race insurance as the world (and races) begins to open upA brief look at virtual event insurance: Do you need it? What does it cover? How much does it cost?Don't miss in this episode:The remarkable story of a mystery event which got hit with terrorism, thunderstorm and COVID in consecutive years and had to cancel the race two years in a rowNathan's take on whether COVID infections in your event would be covered by your insurance policyThanks to GiveSignup|RunSignup for supporting quality content for race directors by sponsoring this episode. More than 21,000 in-person, virtual, and hybrid events use GiveSignup|RunSignup's free and integrated solution to save time, grow their events, and raise more. If you'd like to learn more about GiveSignup|RunSignup's all-in-one technology solution for endurance and fundraising events visit runsignup.com.You can find more free resources on planning, promoting and organizing  races on our website RaceDirectorsHQ.com, where you’ll also find a 10% OFF offer on race insurance from Nicholas Hill Group, as well as other exclusive vendor offers. You can also share your questions about race insurance or anything else in our race directors Facebook group, Race Directors Hub.
Welcome to Head Start!

Welcome to Head Start!

2021-04-2004:16

Welcome to episode zero of Head Start, the podcast for race directors and the business of putting on races. In this first short episode, Panos sets out what you should expect from future Head Start episodes, namely: 1) The best and coolest innovation happening in the mass-participation endurance industry that you may not know about2) Top tips and actionable advice from industry experts to help you better plan, manage and market your race.Stay tuned and subscribe for the roll-out of our first 6-episode mini-season, featuring the following episodes:E1.  "Race Insurance in the Age of Pandemics" with Nicholas Hill Group Managing Partner, Nathan NicholasE2.  "Trees not Tees" with Trees not Tees Director, Chris ZairE3.  "Marketing Races in 2021" with Big Run Media Managing Partner, Thomas NeubergerE4.  "A Guide to Bluetooth Timing" with Atlas Live Tracking Founder, Jean-Louis LafayeedneyE5.  "Mastering Charity Partnerships" with CharityTeams Founder, Susan HurleyE6.  "Notpla/Ooho" with Notpla CFO/COO, Lise Honsinger
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