77 episodes

Head Start is a podcast for race directors and anyone involved in the business of putting on races.
It doesn't matter where you're based or how many years experience you have or whether you're putting on a running race, a triathlon, an obstacle race or whatever. If you’ve got an interest in planning, organizing and growing endurance events, this is the podcast for you.
The focus of the podcast is twofold:
1) we bring you the latest and coolest innovations hitting the mass-participation endurance events industry, and
2) we bring you tips and actionable advice from industry experts to help you improve your race - one episode at a time.
Head Start is produced by RaceDirectorsHQ.com, an online resource platform and community network for race directors and race management professionals.

Head Start Race Directors HQ

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    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Head Start is a podcast for race directors and anyone involved in the business of putting on races.
It doesn't matter where you're based or how many years experience you have or whether you're putting on a running race, a triathlon, an obstacle race or whatever. If you’ve got an interest in planning, organizing and growing endurance events, this is the podcast for you.
The focus of the podcast is twofold:
1) we bring you the latest and coolest innovations hitting the mass-participation endurance events industry, and
2) we bring you tips and actionable advice from industry experts to help you improve your race - one episode at a time.
Head Start is produced by RaceDirectorsHQ.com, an online resource platform and community network for race directors and race management professionals.

    Race Insurance

    Race Insurance

    If there’s one thing you can’t have enough of as a race director, it’s race insurance. Particularly - knock on wood - when the unexpected happens and you’re faced with a dreaded lawsuit that threatens to take away your livelihood and your piece of mind. So how can you best protect yourself and your business from the risks associated with putting on a race? What will your standard event liability policy cover? What does it exclude? And how should you expect to be protected against legal and me...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Crisis Communications

    Crisis Communications

    When doors start dropping off planes mid-air or your favorite online retailer gets in touch to let you know your personal details may have been compromised, it’s tempting to think you may have done a better job handling that crisis were you in their shoes. But how well-prepared are you really to manage the many crises that can come up during the planning and delivery of your race? Anything from a late delivery of medals or an unfortunate slip-up on social media to a full blown race cancellati...

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Race Trends 2023

    Race Trends 2023

    It’s that time of the year again. RunSignup’s annual RaceTrends report is out for 2023, and it’s larger and more comprehensive than ever before!Among the most notable trends highlighted in the report we see registrations for 2023 races up from 2022 and tantalisingly close to 2019 levels, entry fees continuing to climb across most race distances and event types, and encouraging trends in younger runner participation first seen in 2022 carrying through to 2023 numbers.With me today to go throug...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Instagram & Influencer Marketing

    Instagram & Influencer Marketing

    With more than 2 billion monthly active users (MAUs), Instagram has secured a comfortable lead as the social media platform of choice for the vast majority of online-active almost-30s and 30-somethings out there. And with Instagram’s core audience slowly aging to match running’s demographic sweet spot, it’s really important your race gets its Instagram strategy right soon, if you have an Instagram strategy at all.So, how do you master Instagram’s highly-visual storytelling to reach new audien...

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Designing a Race Course

    Designing a Race Course

    As a race director, few things in the race planning lifecycle can be as exciting and enjoyable as designing a brand new race course. From picking a start area to mapping out race distances and figuring out where to place amenities, such as aid stations, race course design constitutes an important first step in shaping your race’s identity - one that will likely affect all aspects of your race experience, safety planning and logistics for years to come.So, how do you nail this critical first s...

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Building a Race Series

    Building a Race Series

    Building a race from the ground up, as anyone who’s done it will know, is a tough business. But what about planning, coordinating and growing a whole series of races, all with a common theme and brand identity? How do you finance and grow multiple races from scratch? How do you choose when and where to launch a new race? And how can you make use of local delivery partners to deliver new races on a budget, while ensuring your quality standards and vision are adhered to?That’s what we’ll be dis...

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

[ProPhotographer] ,

Extremely Informative

This podcast is extremely informative for anyone. That’s new or has been in the race industry for several years.

I have been erased photographer for over a decade now. This podcast hits me to understand so many aspects of the industry which I am able to use in my photography business.

The host asked very well thought out questions for each of the guest that are on the show. Intern, each guest is very knowledged about their area of expertise.

If you want to learn more about the industry, the show is highly recommended.

Kari PM ,

Not just for the Big Races…..

This podcast has so much useful information. The latest episodes, ‘Sponsor Seekers’ and ‘Facebook Ads 1 ad 2’ are jam packed with information ANY size event can use. After listening, I immediately checked out their websites. I gained a ton of great information for FREE at powersponsors.com. The next week, I reached out to Andy Reilly to learn more about how Evergrow could help our race. Although we are smaller than his normal client and the cost of him doing our marketing was not in our budget, he has a consultation package that was perfect for us, to give us guidance and outline the tools we can use on our own to grow. I signed up immediately. I am the race director of a just under 300 participant race in a small town in South Carolina, but we aspire to grow and we pride ourself in giving our sponsors and participants a great race experience.

The Head Start podcast, along with the Race Directors HQ emails, blogs, and interactive private Facebook group (Race Directors Hub), has helped us so much. Panos is the BEST. I feel like I know him personally, although we have never met. He is very responsive to email and we have even talked on the phone once (and he is located across the pond!). Anyone who wants to increase their numbers and provide a better experience for their participants, sponsors, and volunteers should listen to this podcast….. and join the Race Directors HQ.

snow-gator ,

Must listen

Great and practical advice for race directors and others in the endurance sport industry!

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