The annual Road Race Management Race Directors’ Meeting and Trade Exhibit will take place in Hollywood, FL, November 15-17. The country’s oldest race directors’ meeting, this year’s edition offers sessions on critical topics for running event directors and officials as the industry emerges from the over year-long havoc created by COVID-19, along with providing networking opportunities and a chance for event directors to shop for equipment and service needs at the Trade Exhibit. The meeting offers a chance to reconnect and learn from a difficult year.
Topics and faculty for this year include:
· The Future of Road Racing Media Coverage (Chris Chavez)
· Diversity and Workplace Best Practices (Jean Arthur)
· COVID-19: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going? (George Chiampas, Jean Knaack, Dave McGillivray, Jon Neill)
· Virtual Runs (Heidi Swartz)
· Volunteers: The Lifeblood of Your Event (Becky Lambros)
· Insurance (Jon Neill)
Two prestigious running industry awards will be awarded at the meeting. The annual MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Race Director of the Year Award (Presented by MYLAPS) will be presented at the MarathonGuide.com/Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Welcome Reception on November 15. The MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the Keynote Dinner on November 16.
The full program and schedule (new weekday format) for the meeting are available at http://www.rrm.com/act/rdm/rdm.asp.
Exhibitors at the meeting will include companies offering awards, competitor numbers, signs, banners, registration and timing services, apps, web services, apparel, social media services, and event photography, along with representatives of running organizations and more.
Thousands of race officials, corporate sponsors, marketing executives, sports organization representatives (RRCA, USATF, RUSA, PRRO) and others involved in organized running events have attended this annual fall gathering since its inception in 1983.
Road Race Management president Phil Stewart said, “The meeting venue right on the beach at the Hollywood Beach Marriott, just 6 miles from the Ft Lauderdale/Hollywood airport, offers a tranquil environment for event directors not only to stay abreast of cutting-edge topics facing the sport, but also to unwind and network in a relaxed atmosphere. Many race committees reward committee members or staff with a trip to this meeting, finding it a great way to offer a special thank you and educational opportunity while rejuvenating key workers for next year’s event.”
The Road Race Management meeting is sponsored by Ashworth Awards, Gatorade Endurance, Hightech Signs, Leslie Jordan, Inc., MarathonFoto, MarathonGuide.com, Marathon Printing, MYLAPS, National Event Services, and the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic.
Road Race Management is a member-based organization that, in addition to conducting its annual Race Directors’ Meeting, publishes a trade newsletter and Organizing Running Events, a complete manual covering running event organization, along with other race director and industry resources in print and on the web.