Sunday night I did #runchat again on Twitter. If you’ve never done it and you’re on Twitter, check it out. A solid hour of questions and answers from runners on a huge array of running topics. One of the questions last night was, “If you were a race director, what tag line would you use to attract runners to your event?”
I thought this was a fun one and the answers were of course widely varied. My running club recently polled our members on our own races so that we could ensure we are delivering what they want on race day. As a board, it was clear that some of the old schoolers (me included) have a different set of priorities than that of today’s newer crop of runners. I’m betting the same could be said of all my readers. All of this has me curious–what do you like from a race? Give me your feedback:
1. Do you prefer a lower race fee/fewer frills or are you willing to pay extra for a nice premium?
2. At the finish line, do you want something simple like bagels and bananas, or do you want goodies like beer, pizza, and desserts (as someone suggested in #runchat)?
3. Is a finisher’s medal important to you or do you think they should be reserved only for those who place?
4. Do you prefer a big race with no or a high cap on participants or something a bit more intimate?
5. Expo or no expo?
Talk to me people–what’s important to you in a race?