Meet Lyle Anderson. Lyle is our race director. On top of being a stellar athlete and race director extraodinaire, Lyle is also one of the nicest and most level headed guys you will ever have the pleasure of working with! He also paid me $20 to say that.
Just kidding. Lyle is all of those things. What he is NOT is Superman. To put on an event requires months of planning, phone calls, coordinating, sourcing materials, etc. not to mention everything that needs to happen on race day! Since Lyle can’t be everywhere at once, he puts together a race committee for each race that helps him put on a top notch event.
Race committee members are different than volunteers. We rely heavily on our volunteers to make sure race day goes smoothly.. We couldn’t do it without them and will love them forever. A race committee member is different. This is a paid position and requires much more dedication and responsibility than is expected of a volunteer. In the months leading up to a race you will occasionally meet with Lyle and other committee members over video calls to coordinate race day logistics. Committee member jobs and responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Course – Responsible for all things course related. Know the course inside and out, communicate with Law Enforcement and local EMT’s, work closely with finish line staging committee member, coordinate volunteer efforts prior to race day, course markings, course cleanup, etc.
Aid Stations – Responsibilities include stocking aid stations (water, gels, sports drink, first aid supplies, etc.), determine quantity of supplies ordered (with race director’s help), coordinate volunteers to man the aid stations, setting up aid stations and breaking them down after the race, source out materials needed to be rented, communicate with property owners if necessary, etc.
Starting Line Staging – The person in charge of starting line staging will be responsible for setting up all of the materials for the starting line area: starting line arch and barricade, banners and signage, etc. as well as take it all down when the race is over. This job can be more physically demanding than some of the others.
Finish Line Staging – The person in charge of finish line staging will be responsible for setting up all of the materials for the finish line area: finish line arch and barricade, banners and signage, etc. as well as take it all down when the race is over. This job can be more physically demanding than some of the others.
Shuttles – Work under the direction of the Race Director to find busses or vans to shuttle runners and spectators, develop operation plan, etc.
Parking – Responsible for parking layout design to determine flow of traffic. This committee member will work closely with the person in charge of shuttles and coordinate and direct volunteer effort.
Gear Check – Ensuring all of the runners checked belongings (clothes, jackets, unwanted food/drink items, etc.) are properly transported safely and securely from start to finish line.
Post race Food – Work with race director to create race menu, set up and distribute post race food as well as any food on course.
As you can see, a lot of work goes into putting on an event. If you **live near one of our race locations and are interested in being on our race committee, please fill out this quick form below so we can get in touch with you. We are constantly looking for new committee members, though the race you express interest in helping with might not need any members at this time. We will keep your name on file and be sure to contact you. Thanks for being a part of our team!
**Local means you live within general proximity of the race location.
***If you are running in a race, you should not also be a committee member for that same race.