Reviewed by Nancy Hobbs and originally published in the Winter 2017/18 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Picture above: The author Phil Stewart with a copy of the guide opened to a photo of the Pikes Peak summit in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Having spent the past two and a half years gathering research and updating the first edition, author Phil Stewart of Road Race Management, provides a comprehensive document with all the nuts and bolts of race directing expertly displayed for readers.
In spite of its title, this guide covers not only road racing, but a section dedicated to trail running.
Stewart, a veteran race director, event announcer, and conference planner, is the current director of the famed Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in Washington, DC. But more than this, he is a long-time runner having amassed a portfolio of finishes on the roads, trails, and mountains. In 2015, he finished the Pikes Peak Ascent, and this past November, he finished the JFK 50 Miler.
The more than 500-page guide includes a host of photos — about 130 in total, scores of charts, sample timelines, supply lists, checklists, sample sponsor and vendor contracts. Topics cover items such as:
- Course Design
- Packet pick-up/Expo
- Timing & Scoring
- Elite Athletes
- Rules of the Road
Whether new to race directing, experienced in the field, or just thinking about starting a race, this guide is a phenomenal resource and should be part of your reference library.