A RACE DIRECTOR’S GUIDE FOR

COMMUNITY BUILDING &
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

FAQ Page

FAQ Page Purpose: Provide example community building and environment stewardship questions that RD’s may ask as they think about their events in relation to the Guide.
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General

How is this Race Director guide different from all the other resources available?
We acknowledge there are numerous resources available by many different experts and organizations. This guide strives to assist race directors in community building and environmentally-conscious event planning by making it easy to find and use existing works, as well as to offer a new, collaborative approach to understanding and removing inclusivity and sustainability barriers at trail events.

We haven’t captured everything available, and we see this collection as a tool that will be continually improved upon. We welcome input to make the Race Director Resource Hub as complete and useful as possible. Please click here to provide feedback or make suggestions for additional resources to include.

This is overwhelming. How can I do all of this? Where should I start?
Updating social norms is a challenging and continuous process. Every event and race director will have a different starting place and many factors affect what can and can’t be achieved from one year to the next. Our goal is to provide the tools needed to identify and prioritize ways to implement belonging, natural history and environmental stewardship goals at events.

After reviewing the resources in the Hub, consider using the RPL checklists to prioritize your goals for the next few years. Identifying the tasks that feel achievable and are most relevant to your community can really get the ball rolling.

My race is small and doesn’t have a lot of sponsors or a large budget, how can I afford to incorporate these recommendations?
We recognize that there’s a great disparity in funding and brand-support available to race directors to produce trail running events, and that a lack of resources may pose challenges to pursuing certain goals. This Guide and the supporting pages provide you with information and tools to help you plan and implement priorities that are aligned with your perspectives and the resources currently available to you.

We recommend organizing the priorities you would like to implement by using the table below to assess impact versus cost (this may also be used to assess impact versus effort as published by the Council for Responsible Sport’s Radically Responsible Guide.)

HIGH COST
LOW IMPACT
LOW COST
LOW IMPACT
HIGH COST
HIGH IMPACT
LOW COST
HIGH IMPACT
Resources on Indigenous Community Collaboration and Land Acknowledgement
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:
  • 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.
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