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Race Directors Handbook

The Race Directors Handbook provides helpful suggestions on how to prepare and run a paddle sport race. There are some new races on our racing calendar, and some of the new race directors have asked for a little assistance with how to set up registration, manage timing, and for ‘how-tos’ on other race related matters. For those of you who have been running races for a few years or even several years, we hope that this is also providing some useful information.

Two long-time race directors, Rosemary Longo-Nutt and Priscilla Reinertsen, have written this manual to help short-cut the learning curve on race directing and make it easier and less stressful.

Download the Race Directors Handbook

NECKRA Race Director Best Practices

In the interest of safety, and to ensure a positive experience for all racers, NECKRA encourages the adoption of the following Best Practices for Point Series races:

  1. Hold a pre-race meeting where the course is briefly described, starts explained, the PFD policy reiterated, and participants alerted to any course hazards.  The pre-race meeting may be held on-land or on-water at the Race Director’s discretion.

  2. Race directors and/or timers should remain at the finish line until every racer has completed the course.  There should be a system in place for making sure that the course is clear of participants at the conclusion of the race.

  3. Finishing times should be provided for review before the awards ceremony so that any timing or race category corrections can be made prior to the ceremony.

  4. Any protests by race participants must be made prior to the awards ceremony. 

  5. Race results should be posted to the “Paddlers Connection” Yahoo Group within 24 hours of the race, but no more than 3-4 days following the race.  Race Directors are encouraged to send a copy of race results to the NECKRA Webmaster, and to the appropriate Points scoring person.