Triathletes live for triathlon races. They swim, bike, and run every day of the week, and sometimes even multiple times a day, in order to perform their best at races and see how much they’ve improved over their previous efforts.
Since racers place so much emphasis on races, it’s essential that race directors do all they can to make the race events as perfect as possible. Here are four ways to make your athletes rave about your race.
Have Enough Volunteers
Nothing is worse than a race that is understaffed. Racers shouldn’t have to figure out where the transition is or wait in line for 30 minutes to get their race packet on race day morning. Volunteers are essential to making sure that the race runs smoothly, including everything from packet pickup to the post-race festivities.
Don’t Skimp on the Bathrooms
One of the worst triathlon races I ever raced was one where there were only two porta-johns at the transition area. They both had long lines and there were still people waiting in line to use the restroom when the race director was trying to close the transition area and get the race started. The race had to be postponed a bit to get more people to the starting line and that kind of soured the mood right away for many of the racers. It’s better to have more bathrooms than less.
Don’t Hide the Post-Race Goods
As I crossed the finish line at a triathlon I did in New Jersey, the post-race spread was nowhere to be found. I asked around to a few people who said that it was a couple hundred yards away on the other side of the park! Needless to say, I packed up my stuff and left without bothering to hunt the location down. I’ll never do that race again.
Give Out Finisher Medals
Everyone likes finisher medals. When I first started, hardly any races gave these out and it was always discouraging for age-groupers who didn’t finish in the top three. However, with finisher medals, everyone can take something home and have a memento of the race. What better way for a triathlete to remember to sign up for your race next year than with a medal advertising it?