In New England, we’re so very very lucky. We have a ton of race options available to us – not only obstacle course racing, but trail and road too.
It means that the job of a race director for scheduling is a tricky one.
One hand – you need to pick a date that has availability for your chosen venue, and all you vendors, thats far enough out that you can get your medals and shirts orders and market properly.
Other hand – you need to be aware of the calendar, and what else is going on.
Once a year, it seems everyone screws that last bit up.
In 2016, if you are looking for a race to do, May 14th has PLENTY of choice.
On a map, thats nuts. This is just in ONE day!
Now, I DO get it – some events have traditionally held their races that weekend.
I get that some venues are ONLY available that weekend.
I’m not trying to call any of these races out – they have their reasons for picking this particular date, I’m sure.
But ultimately, this means they will all have fewer people to pull from. Fewer people available to come to their race. Enthusiasts maybe fitting two events in this weekend with a couple of Sunday race options, but for the vast majority of the New England OCR crowd, one is enough.
Personally, I’m at Ragnar Relay – and after a 48 hour stint in a van, I’m baked and ready to sleep.
How do we avoid this?
We offer a free events calendar, that covers New England OCRs that can be found here.
We have a VERY active events list in our Facebook group, that covers any event the New England Spahtens are at, anywhere. That can be found here.
Where will you be racing on May 14th?