Category: Event management

Emergency Planning for Race Directors

When Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast in 2012, one of my first thoughts after checking on my New Jersey family and friends was, “what is the New York Marathon going to do?”  Seeing photos of the debris in the streets made it difficult to imagine anyone running a marathon in those conditions. Ultimately, however, the marathon would “go … Continue reading Emergency Planning for Race Directors

Gurus Get Social

Although the word “social” is somewhat overused of late, I had to pay attention when five running legends discussed the transformation of running from a solo sport to a social activity.  The panel included Bill Rodgers, Amby Burfoot and Jeff Galloway, NW Runner Magazine editor Heather Romano, and Marathon and Beyond editor Rich Benyo.  They were … Continue reading Gurus Get Social

5 Tips for Successful Race Timing

5 Tips for Successful Race Timing

If you organize participatory sports events, you've probably hired a timing company.  Most timing companies such as ours, Classic Race Management, offer a wide variety of services depending on your needs, from bare bones timing to full-service event management.  Regardless of your level of engagement, here are five steps you can take to ensure a smooth … Continue reading 5 Tips for Successful Race Timing

Passion Shared: A Run Across America

File this article under why I love to work at SignMeUp.  I called Chris Nicholas, North Country Run’s event director, to discuss an online registration-related issue.  As we were talking about his event, Chris told me that between March and June 2012, he ran solo from the White House to Santa Monica, California.  What’s more, this … Continue reading Passion Shared: A Run Across America

Event Management: Five Tips for Starting Fresh

Andrew Wonders is Event Manager for Mudathlon and many other events, and a long time SignMeUp online registration customer. In 2009, a group of organizers that traditionally had focused on marathons and half marathons was looking to expand its scope and put together a different and unique event.  After many potential versions, we settled on … Continue reading Event Management: Five Tips for Starting Fresh

A Pro’s Perspective: From Running Marathons to Running a Marathon

After a 13 year stint as a professional runner, my day to retire from competition came upon me in the City of Brotherly Love during what was then known as the Philadelphia Distance Classic.  I always wondered how it was going to end and in this case a strained calf muscle put my running career … Continue reading A Pro’s Perspective: From Running Marathons to Running a Marathon