A RACE DIRECTOR’S GUIDE FOR
COMMUNITY BUILDING &
There are many resources available to educate and help race directors interested in incorporating community building and environmental stewardship into trail running events. To simplify and expedite finding this information, Runners for Public Lands and the Council for Responsible Sport have compiled the following list of existing resources in one centralized location. We recognize that this is not a comprehensive list and encourage our community to recommend additional resources that we can include by clicking here [insert link].
No resource below should be understood as the opinion or work of Runners for Public Lands or the Council for Responsible Sport unless specified as such.
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Resources on Belonging, Inclusivity and Diversity
- The Nature Gap: Confronting Racial and Economic Disparities in the Destruction and Protection of Nature in America (The Center for American Progress) explains the connections between racism, economic disparity and environmentalism in the United States.
- Running Industry Diversity Coalition A nonprofit committed to doing racial justice work in the running space.
- How to be an Ally to the Black Running Community (Runners World article by Rozalynn S. Frazier) this article is supplemented by a list of additional resources including: books, online resources, research papers, articles, movies, workshops, running groups, videos, non-profit organizations, and podcasts.
- Trail Sisters Approved Race Standards on how to support women at your trail races.
- Chris Mosier’s resource hub for transgender athlets and event organizers, includes a complete Glossary of transgender and other LGBTQ+ terminology and the Top Five POints for Allies of Transgender People to Remember.
- Runners Support Transgender Youth (Runners for Public Lands) statement in support of transgender youth runners.
- Runners World article on LGBTQ+ Inclusivity by Addie Bracy.
- Running USA & Equality Institute’s LGBTQIA Inclusion Guide including a sample Transgender and Nonbinary Inclusion Policy Template
Resources on Indigenous Community Collaboration and Land Acknowledgement
- Rising Hearts and the Rising Hearts Toolkit On how to approach including a land acknowledgement at your event.
- Running on Native Lands Initiative provides information about land acknowledgements paired with giving back.
- Wings of America A nonprofit organization using youth running initiatives to build healthy native communities.
- Meztli Project Land Acknowledgement Toolkit explains what a land acknowledgment is and how to approaching having one at your event.
- “Public Lands” as Home (Runners for Public Lands) on land acknowledgement and understanding of public lands.
Resources on Natural History
- Check out Natural History Guidebooks about your local public lands and trail systems at your local library, independent bookstore, or outdoor retailer.
- Public Lands in the United State: A Curriculum (The Wilderness Society)
- Visit the United State Forest Service website and use the “Find a Forest” tool to link to your local National Forest’s site for information about the land, cultural history and links to other resources.
- If your race is with a National Park, Forest, Recreation Area, Scenic Trail or National Monument, stop into the visitor center to chat with knowledgeable volunteers or staff. You may also visit the National Park Service’s Find a Park tool to find site specific websites that contain resources and information relevant to the areas and trails you use.
- Visit State, County, and Locally managed parks and preserve websites and/or visitor centers for information, resources and to meet local naturalists and land stewards.
- There are numerous National, Regional, and local non-profit groups and clubs that have natural history resources available online and at local officers or visitor centers. Some example of include:
- Los Padres ForestWatch (great information on plants and wildlife of the Central Coast region)
- Local land trusts and conservancies preserve public lands and are a great source of information about the natural ecosystems in your area. Consider attending some events to learn more and to meet the staff and volunteers.
- Natural History Museums are a great and fun place to visit to learn more about natural history in your area and beyond.
- A Practical Guide to Hosting Radically Responsible Events – the ten things that ‘radically responsible’ events do (Council for Responsible Sport)
- Runners for Public Lands Toolkit – specific steps anyone can take to start adding environmental stewardship to their running community (Runners for Public Lands)
- Trail Running Race Sustainability Guidelines (American Trail Running Association)
- Trail Race Director Toolkit How to use Protect our Winters resources to educate and help trail runners become effective climate advocates (POW)
- “Outdoor Friendly Pledge” ideas and actions to make outdoor sports more sustainable (The Kilian Jornet Foundation)
- Sustainability Goals for Events and Athletes (Salomon)
- Footprints Running Camp trail running camps combining environmental education with direct action (Footprints Running)
- Athlete’s for a Fit Planet 2021 Pledge for Sustainability
- ReScore – a free event sustainability assessment tool, including an event GHG calculator, responsible event catalog and case studies (Council for Responsible Sport)
- Cost of Carbon Calculator outdoor enthusiasts can calculate the carbon footprint of their adventures and purchase offsets to take meaningful action on climate. (The North Face and Protect our Winters)
- 100% compostable, plant-based food service wares with 25% of profits given to social and environmental organizations (World Centric)
- 100% compostable, plant-based food service wares with easy ordering for one or many event vendors (EcoProducts)
- Trees not Tees works with event organizers to give participants the option of planting a tree instead of getting a shirt. Check out the article Changing Race Swag wit Trees not Tees by iRunFar’s Morgan Tilton
- Terracycle and Gu have partnered to offer recycling of all brands of nutrition wrappers and packaging at events.
- One Percent for the Planet provides a service to match event organizers interested in donating proceeds from events to vetted and approved non-profit environmental causes.