Your race, your day, the PCTR way!
There is no greater goal for any event planning company than to produce a remarkable event. TEAM PCTR, and all the volunteers will do their best to make your “race day experience” memorable from the time you arrive to the time you cross the finish line.
KNOW YOUR COURSE:
It is every runner’s responsibility to learn and know the course. Although the course will be marked with signs and flags, it’s not uncommon for vandals to remove course markings. It’s also very easy to run past a turn. The better you know the course – the less likely your are to find yourself off course.
Make sure to study the map, elevations, course descriptions, and turn sheets provided. Save the GPX file to your watch or phone. Search out blogs, reviews, videos and photos from our runners. Study the weather forecast and prepare as if it could be worse than predicted.
The most important gear are your shoes. A popular question asked has to do with shoes, “Road or Trail”. Ten plus years ago the race director may respond two ways. 1. If the course isn’t technical at all, then what you find to be comfortable. 2. If the course is technical, then definitely wear trail shoes. Today, because “trail running shoes” are so technically advanced, I always say “Wear Trail Shoes”.
Cup-free racing is now an industry standard: although they have plenty of water and electrolytes, aid stations do not carry cups, therefore it is CRITICAL to bring either a pack or hand-held bottles.
Finally, your clothes. From socks and shorts to shirts and hats, this especially takes time to get right. Be patient, you will find the kit that works for you. Note to those that like to have their photos taken by our on course photographers. If you wear bright colors, your pictures will pop and be favorable for social media. Below is a checklist for you to consider to make your race great.
WHAT ABOUT HEADPHONES?:
We are fond of music and those that enjoy music while running. However it is not allowed to wear headphones IN BOTH EARS while on single track trail. This is a matter of courtesy and safety. We understand that you can turn your volume down, but other runners do not know this. We kindly ask you to wear only one ear while on single track trails. When you cross a road or enter the vicinity of an aid station, we ask you remove them for safety and as a respect for our volunteers.
PLAN YOUR TRIP:
We understand that getting to a race can be challenging for some. Planes, trains, automobiles, and even by bus or bike. With so much technology available for travelling please make sure you know where the event will be staged and go from there. With most PCTR events, the address on our registration platform is just a location for either a park that we have a permit for, or a nearby address that accepts mail from the US Postal Service. On race morning, it’s important that you planned earlier in the week on how you will travel to the event. Your race director mentions this on Monday with the “It’s Race Week!” email.
ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO GET TO THE EVENT:
Please plan to arrive at least 45-60 minutes before your start. You will need time to park, walk to the starting line, pick up your bib, use the restroom, warm up, and listen to the race directors pre-race instructions.
You will find that some of our parks have entrance fees to park. Entrance fees to parks are not included in your entrance fee. Cash is easiest for parks to receive. Always try to have exact change to speed up the process. If there is a parking fee, then the race director will let you know. Sometimes, there is no attendant at the gate to collect fees. We kindly ask that you honor the manual system of placing cash into a provided envelope and place it in the “iron ranger” (fee collection equipment). Experienced runners know to get to the event early. They may even arrive before runner check-in opens. They can take a nap and relax a bit after a long drive to be ready for the start of their race.