RACE DIRECTOR DEVELOPMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL RACE DIRECTORS Gregory J. Evans, President & CEO Race Director University, Inc.
THE FIRST NATIONAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR RACE DIRECTORS
VISIONRace Director University will become a national leader educating andcertifying race directors in the running industry.MISSION STATEMENTThe mission of Race Director University is to increase professionalism in theroad race management industry by certifying race directors after taking themthrough a formal instructional learning environment with establishedacademic strategies, practical applications, experiential process, continuingeducation criteria and e-learning. LEARN EXPLORE GROW ENRICH ACHIEVE SHARE
GOALThe goal of Race Director University is to elevate the running industry’score of race directors, newly hired race directors and prospective racedirectors from local, regional, state and national clubs, parks, runningclubs and event and race management services who will enroll inclassroom and online race management instruction.MEMBERS
STAFF DEVELOPMENT “Talent is everywhere, it only needs an opportunity”. Kathyrn Switzer, a groundbreaking marathon runner who registered for the Boston Marathon by signing her name as “K.V. Switzer” because women were prohibited from running, ran and completed the Boston Marathon as the first woman to do so in 1976, said in an interview that “talent is everywhere, it only needs an opportunity.”
WHY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR RACE DIRECTORS? Professional Development insures that staff have met the minimum skills to produce a successful event. More importantly, the urgency for all existing event management and production agencies, among other things, is that the revenue that these events produce may be at risk because the inherited logistics and operations handed down from untrained or unschooled event managers make many communities fearful of continuing with the same, traditional activities.
WHY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR RACE DIRECTORS?(continued)These issues with event management will disappear if eventmanagement exhibit leadership by educating their personnel intoprofessional staff who can plan and produce road race events ofall size.
The difference between Race Director University and the otherorganizations that schedule annual conferences, seminars and provideresources for race directors: Academic classroom environment for learning, 40 hours Extensive curriculum design Instructors from Academia, Business, Law, Medicine, Finance, Government, Radio/TV Required reading before the 1st day of class Online e-learning tools, video, quizzes Examination for certification, pass/fail. Advance training for Race Director Expert, Masters level Access to course materials 24/7 Assistance with events, peer-to-peer review and mentoring
13 CATEGORIES 1. Sports Science & Medicine 2. Financial ManagementThere are several aspects of both 3. Race Management Staff Training &Sports Science & Medicine that maybe of concern to the race director: Development 4. Operations & LogisticsAn epidemic or outbreak like SARS 5. Law: Business & Sportsthat spread from China in 2003, 6. Insurance & Risk ManagementHepatitis A and E-coli transmission 7. Sports Marketingfrom humans-to-humans due topoor health and hygiene inside the 8. Race Premiumsfood tent. 9. Communications 10. Community RelationsBasic knowledge about running 11. Equipmentinjuries, prevention and treatment. 12. Emergency & Disaster ReliefMedical issues due to hydration,weight loss, sudden cardiac death 13. Entertainmenton the run, heat related illness, useof ergogenic aid, before, during andafter a run….
SPORTS SCIENCE & MEDICINE Sports Medicine, Cardiology, Public Health Issues, Sports Nutrition, Medical Staff, CPR, First Aid & AED Emergency Medical Technicians are usually the first responders to an accident or incident at sporting events. Race Directors should have advance knowledge of issues relating to all aspects of the human body: fitness, sports exercise physiology, nutrition, sports injuries and cardio pulmonary resuscitation. This category begins to explore the challenges for all race management staff, medical, EMT’s and volunteers who are often the first responders on the course coming to the aid of a runner. RDU I, II & III.
CERTIFICATIONProfessional development is acquiredby on the job training, continuingeducation and compulsoryexaminations. Renewal of licensesand certifications are insures that theindividual is meeting the minimumskills. Insurance adjusters and riskmanagement staff uphold training asan industry standard for mostprofessionals.
RACE DIRECTOR CERTIFICATION INSURES THAT YOU HAVEMET THE REQUIREMENTS TO PRODUCE A ROAD RACE ADDITIONAL BENEFITS The Certified Race Director is registered as USA Track & Field Administrator/Member Opportunity to go other major races throughout the U.S., to get more experience Discounts on USA Track & Field – Seminars (Illinois Association) Mentoring by Professional Race Director Development staff Sponsorship Opportunities Additional information on Race Director Strategies and Tactics online at RDU Networking with other Race Director University – Graduates Guest Speakers – reduced fee for additional programs throughout the year
WHO ARE THE BEST CANDIDATES FOR RDU? Director of Special Events Special Events Coordinator Sports Coordinator Race Directors < 5 yrs. of experience Assistant Race Directors Race Timers College Graduates* Physical Education Teachers Veterans Special Event Managers Parks & Recreation Sports Staff USA Track & Field Meet Directors Running Club Presidents Sport Administrators Campus Recreation Directors * Sports management, Physical Education & Recreation Majors & Graduates should be come certified as a Race Director
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE RDU I, II, III & IV ? Race Director University (Race Director I & II) is designed for the parks professional. Recommended for the Novice, 0-5 years experience Race Director Certification insures that the certificate holder has met the requirements to produce a road race. It is with this distinction that your race staff will have the tools to succeed and to have support from RDU in the years to come. RDU III* – 6-10 years Curriculum – distributed during class. RDU IV** – 10 years + Curriculum guide will be distributed in the fall of 2013 Entry into RDU III & IV requires documentation of experience.
THE FIRST NATIONAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR ROAD RACE DIRECTORSFOR MORE INFO:INFO@RACEDIRECTORU.COMWWW.RACEDIRECTORUNIVERSITY.COM