April 13, 2016 hpmovement

Without Adult Supervision

I joined the HP Movement team in September of 2015. I was so excited to take one step closer to my dream of becoming a “Race Director.” In the past few months I have seen every side of race operations from permits, to vendor orders, to set-up, to breakdown and “putting out fires.” I’ve shadowed Pete on course set-up and start line management; I’ve followed Eric on all things registration and check-in. Finally, this past week I was solely responsible for start line operations, without “adult supervision” (hence the title of my blog).

If you read Eric’s blog from earlier this week (and I’m sure you did) you know he was touring the East Coast this weekend which left Pete and I to conquer 4,000+ runners at the Triton 5K. For the second straight year, HP Movement has managed the course operations for the UCSD Triton 5K. Each year the event seems to get bigger and better, however this year we were doomed with a rare rainy weekend in San Diego! Despite the weather, we smiled through the clouds and the cold on Friday at packet pickup and then crushed on-site registration on race morning. While Pete was out on the course checking directional signs and course marshals, I was left to man the start line on my own

For safety and enjoyment reasons, I broke the runners into small waves with 45 seconds between them. This maintains the flow of runners and helps prevent bottlenecks at turns and aid stations. I managed a team of five fantastic volunteers to keep the participant energy up and control a crowd of 4,000+ eager runners. Once the last runner crossed the start line it was time to break it all down. Just like that. it was over. All the prep and all the set-up and all the nerves were gone. All 4,000+ happy, smiling participants were on their way through UCSD’s campus toward the finish line festival!
The clouds broke, the rain held off and Sunday April 10th was a record breaking event for the UCSD Triton 5K. I was my own version of a Race Director and I cannot wait to do this again!
Peace and Running,
Heather
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