Introducing the Race Director Chronicles – iRunFar



AJW's TaproomFor the previous a number of years right here in AJW’s Taproom, I’ve written an annual article collection. These articles have lined such themes as path love letters, former ultrarunners of the yr, basic races, and — this previous yr — unforgettable moments in ultrarunning historical past. There was loads of consideration on the members within the sport, so for this yr’s collection, I’m producing the Race Director Chronicles — a 10-part collection profiling the unsung heroes, with out whom we might don’t have any sport: our race administrators.

As path working and ultrarunning have developed over the previous decade, the function of race director has expanded exponentially. What was as soon as a reasonably easy job has now turn out to be extremely complicated as race administrators are pressured to toggle between being producers, politicians, supporters, negotiators, academics, and comforters. It isn’t a straightforward job and, at occasions, could be downright thankless. It’s protected to say that race administrators are the hardest-working folks within the sport.

Craig Thornley (left), Western States 100 race director, at the finish line in 2018.

Craig Thornley (left), Western States 100 race director, on the end line in 2018. Photograph: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

This yr, every month between February and November, I’ll profile a race director from anyplace on the planet who has made a mark on the game and has contributed to the neighborhood everyone knows and love. I plan to interview the race director in addition to others who’ve run their races or volunteered with them. It’s my hope to have a good time 10 people and shine a light-weight on the tremendously selfless work they do. As well as, I hope that we are going to all be taught from these profiles and have growing respect for this complicated occupation. Having dabbled in race directing myself for just some years, I understand how exhausting and soul-gutting it may be.

In an effort to be as inclusive and interactive as potential, I’m asking for assist from you, the loyal readers of iRunFar. In distinction to previous collection the place I’ve provide you with the topics myself, I’m asking you to appoint my topics. Within the remark part beneath or in a notice to us by way of our contact kind, please provide up a suggestion of somebody you suppose we should always profile. We are going to compile a listing after which resolve who to characteristic and when. We hope you’ll take into account taking the time to appoint your favourite race director.

Lastly, I hope that we are going to all take this chance to make 2023 ultrarunning’s yr of gratitude. By showcasing the hard-working individuals who make our sport what it’s, I hope we will bathe gratitude on all of these, not simply the ten we characteristic, who give us a lot pleasure.

Race director Scott Kummer and runner Bertha Lotje Woehl at the finish of the 2021 Badger 100 Mile.

Race director Scott Kummer and runner Bertha Lotje Woehl on the end of the 2021 Badger 100 Mile. Photograph: Will Harrison

Bottoms up!

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Race director Tim Tollefson briefs racer's at the start of the 2022 Mammoth Trail Fest kids' race.

Race director Tim Tollefson briefs racers in the beginning of the 2022 Mammoth Path Fest children’ race. Photograph courtesy of Tim Tollefson.



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