K-12 Mascots Marathon/Race Idea
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How To Organize A Marathon/ Race (5K)
Hosting a marathon can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Although there is more work than your participants might realize, making your race/marathon evolve from an idea into reality is ultimately very gratifying for the race promoters and directors.
Following are some of the most important steps to consider when planning, promoting and executing your first race/marathon.
5K Race and Marathon Ideas:
When planning your 5K race or marathon it is important to choose the right location for the race, the characteristics of the course that you wish to have, whether or not you will promote a theme to your race, and if it will be associated with a charitable or school cause.
Do as much as possible to simplify your registration process by making it available online. You will want to make the checkout process easy to complete. This will help in raising more money.
You may want to try Race Entry, which provides a free online race registration form.
You will want to have a race course that provides the runners with a unique experience. This could mean a nice gentle downhill course, or a scenic course along a river or historic area. If you want to attract attention by more participants choose a race course that is flat or gentle downhills.
Check our this free race map creator tool to help create the best race course for your event.
You might consider a fun run or a run with a charitable cause. Fun runs such as costume races to survival races have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Keep in mind a theme race can increase costs considerably.
When advertising your race or marathon, consider who your target audience is. If your race has a charitable cause you may want to have the charity help with the distribution of posters and do some other volunteer work to promote the race. When marketing your race you should consider putting posters or fliers up at all running stores within the community.
Also a great way to promote your event is to advertise at other races. Some races will let you put fliers in their race bags, or maybe you could pay to have a booth at their event to talk to runners directly. The most important thing is to consider who your audience is and where and what is the best means of getting in front of them.
It is important to try to have your race listed on every online race calendar you can find.
List of things to do to create a race:
The execution of a race is bringing all the details together from the ideas, to the planning to making them actually happen. Following is a list of things you will want to do to get your race created:
Make sure you check with the city to determine what permits are required for the type of race you want to create. You will very likely be required to provide insurance coverage for the event to even receive a permit. You will also want to make sure you have coverage to protect your school, city, or company responsible for hosting the event.
You should establish teams responsible for contacting local business owners to see if they will provide financing support or products and services that could improve the quality and participation for the race.
Depending on how long your race is, make sure you have adequate hydration, food, aid, and rest stops along the race. Runners prefer food on the route that can be eaten easily and digest quickly. This food should be high in protein. You will want to ensure you have plenty of water and other beverages with electrolytes. Also, make sure you have the help of professional aid workers that can help in case of a medical emergency.
To ensure the Race Stops are top quality, you should consider getting local businesses, classes from the school, or organizations to compete for the Best Race Stop and give a prize to the winning Race Stop as graded by the runners at the end of the race. Create a checklist of what is required, like water, Gatorade, protein bars, and then unleash the creativity of each team to make their Race Stop into an oasis.
Most races provide their runners with t-shirts. We recommend adding a mascot from K-12 Mascots. These can be used to build pride in the community and school.
Give race medals to the top finishers and create awards to be given for age division winners.
Be sure you have adequate restrooms. The longer the duration of your event the more important they become. Many recommend restrooms every two (2) miles.
If you are creating a marathon it is a good idea to get your route USATF certified. This certification allows marathon runners to qualify for the Boston Marathon on your full marathon. USA Track and Field charges fees to provide this service. You connect with your local USATF office to obtain rates for course certification.
Races that open registration at least six to 12 months in advance have great participation. If you engage participants via email throughout the year you are more likely to get additional participation and have those runners share it with their networks.
I highly recommend a monthly email announcement leading up to the race and to share new sponsors and participants. I also recommend you use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to promote your event. When promoting the event use excellent graphics. If this is for charity get a graphic designer to volunteer and in exchange introduce them to the local businesses who are helping with the event. Even give them advertising space for free. Do not forget those that help you with your event.
Tips to promote your event and make it stand out
Get professional looking tickets
Purchase Avery® White Matte Tickets with Tear-Away Stubs Product #16154, 1-3/4" x 5-1/2", Pack of 200 for $12.50. This clean, professional looking ticket will help you create buzz for your Marathon or race event.
You might want to consider tickets with a perforated portion and numbered that could be used for a drawing.
Promote your Marathon or Race with an attractive flyer and poster.
K-12 Mascots provides the Marathon or Race event flyer and poster pictured on the right with your contact information and team mascot (if available from K-12 Mascots) with your purchase.
Make sure you print plenty of posters to promote your Marathon or Race event. Place them in prominent places such as local businesses and restaurants.
Get The K-12 Mascots Marathon or Race Kit
Each kit contains printable ticket design, poster design, and flyer design. We customize it to include your team or company logo and event information.
How do I get a K-12 Mascots Marathon or Race Kit?
You can get one (1) free kit with your purchase from K-12 Mascots.
How fast can I get my kit?
Once you provide us with your logo and event information, you will receive your kit via email with your electronic files ready to print in 5 days or less. If there is a super rush, just let us know, and we will do our best to get it done for you.