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Nailing Race Day
Nailing Race Day

Timer, race director and all-round race day ninja, Crisp McDonald, shares his tips for a smooth, stress-free race day.

The Power of Race Reviews
The Power of Race Reviews

How to collect race reviews and use them effectively in your race marketing - a chat with Alex Tanti (Racecheck.com) and Katie Ho (RaceRaves.com).

Building an RFID Race Timing System
Building an RFID Race Timing System

Timing software developer and DIY race timing expert, Brian Agee, on building and operating an open RFID race timing system.

Improving Race Sustainability
Improving Race Sustainability

How can we make endurance events greener and more sustainable? A discussion with industry veteran, Bruce Rayner.

Managing Participant Flows
Managing Participant Flows

MMU's Marcel Altenburg walks us through the golden rules for efficient race starts: from waves and start line widths to start pen participant densities.

Selling Sponsorships
Selling Sponsorships

Ben Pickel of Life Time Events on finding and approaching sponsors, writing effective sponsorship proposals, and negotiating and closing sponsorships deals.

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Race Trends: Summer 2021
Race Trends: Summer 2021

An update on what's happening in the endurance events market with GiveSignup|RunSignup's Johanna Goode and Bob Bickel.

Kids Runs
Kids Runs

Kids runs expert Lucie Murray shares what it takes to put on a successful kids run and how your main event can benefit from it.

Ooho: Edible Water Bottles for Races
Ooho: Edible Water Bottles for Races

Notpla's Lise Honsinger, tells us more about the amazing edible liquid sachets used by the London Marathon and others to replace water bottles at aid stations.

Charity Partnerships
Charity Partnerships

CharityTeams' Susan Hurley discusses how a charity partnership could benefit your event's registrations, volunteer recruitment and sponsorship prospects.

Bluetooth Timing
Bluetooth Timing

Is Bluetooth a viable alternative to RFID for automated mass timing of races at a fraction of the cost? We hear from Bluetooth timing pioneer Jean-Louis Lafayeedney.

Trail Race Safety
Trail Race Safety

In the wake of the Huanghe Shilin Mountain Marathon tragedy, race director, first aider and former Chair of the UK Trail Running Association, Lindley Chambers, discusses making trail races safer.

How to Market Your Race in 2021
How to Market Your Race in 2021

Big Run Media's Thomas Neuberger talks Facebook ads, Instagram, Strava clubs and more for marketing your race.

Trees not Tees: A Green Alternative to Race Swag
Trees not Tees: A Green Alternative to Race Swag

Chris Zair walks us through how Trees not Tees is helping reduce waste in endurance events by swapping swag for planting trees.

Race Cancellation Insurance in the Age of Pandemics
Race Cancellation Insurance in the Age of Pandemics

Insurance veteran Nathan Nicholas talks pandemics, race cancellation insurance and the merits of insuring your virtual race.