Chapter Eight
EQUIPMENT

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Following is a list (undoubtedly incomplete) of the equipment and supplies that should be considered, purchased, rented, repaired, maintained and taken to races:

  • Awards . trophies, medals, ribbons, merchandise
  • Banners . start, finish, sponsors
  • Barricades . for traffic and crowd control
  • Bib numbers . for race day registration
  • Brooms . for sweeping course corners and finish area if necessary
  • Bullhorns (megaphones) . for start, finish and each split timer
  • Cash . bills and change for registration and merchandise sales
  • Chairs . for registration and scoring
  • Checkbook (or extra cash) . for paying suppliers, if required, such as ambulance and/or medical personnel
  • Clipboards . plain paper (for volunteer check-in, etc.)
  • Clocks . digital (for finish line) with legs/tripods, wiring and consoles
  • Cones . for course marking and control
  • Crowd control fencing . for use with barricades to delineate finish area and protect timers and scoring area
  • Cups . for aid stations (if not otherwise provided)
  • Duct tape . for whatever
  • Entry forms . blank (for race day registration)
  • Fencing (see crowd control fencing)
  • Finish line paraphernalia . stanchions, flagging, closed chute cards, spindles or stringers (with ID tags), bandit tags, carpenter aprons, pens, rope, bungie cords
  • First aid kit . for minor injuries
  • Flagging . for finish line chutes and crowd control
  • Headsets (radios) . for communication in and around the finish area
  • Ice . for cooling beverages and for first aid, if needed
  • Instruction flyers . for entrants and spectators
  • Knives . for cutting rope, etc.
  • List of entrants by bib number (numeric list) . for media and medical questions
  • List of entrants by name (alpha list) . for registration and scoring questions
  • Maps . of course *with start and finish lines and miles/kilometers marked
  • Megaphones (see bullhorns)
  • Merchandise . if any will be offered for sale
  • Mile markers
  • Pens . ballpoint or permanent ink felt tip
  • Pins . lots! for registration
  • Plastic ties (fasteners) . for hanging crowd control fencing on barricades
  • Portable toilets . a minimum of one for every 1 00 runners and volunteers (more in a large women. s race)
  • Radios . two-way, if needed for long-range communication
  • Refreshments . soda, beer or whatever is provided for the runners and volunteers (may include pre-race coffee and donuts)
  • Rope . for hanging banners, crowd control or what-have-you
  • Scaffolding . for finish line banners
  • Signs . for information or promotion purposes (registration, direction to toilets, race in progress, etc. or to mention or thank sponsors
  • Sound system . for music and announcements
  • Stanchions . for holding flagging and delineating chutes and other secured areas such as
  • scoring
  • Starting gun . if required
  • Stopwatches . for select timing and split calling (see clipboards)
  • Tables . for finish area (for timing gear in the front and spindles in the back) and for volunteer check-in, registration, aid stations, scoring, food distribution and awards ceremony
  • T-shirts . for volunteers and race day entrants
  • Time sheets . for select timing (see clipboards and stopwatches)
  • Trash bags . for lining trash barrels and collecting trash
  • Trash barrels . for aid station water and trash
  • Vans (or trucks) . for transporting equipment, supplies, barricades, cones, marshals, and split timers
  • Vests . (orange) at least for rope holders, front herders/spacers and course marshals
  • Water (see water jugs)
  • Water jugs (plastic Jerry cans) . filled, for use at aid stations, unless hoses to a direct source can be used
  • Wire cutters . for cutting plastic ties

 

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