Having an Emcee

Every race needs someone to host the event.  The race director might be willing to do it (or not), but they might be too busy putting out race day fires.  There needs to be someone assigned to the microphone so they can give announcements, congratulate runners as they come across the finish line, yell “start”, etc.

 

We always have someone who is willing to be the emcee of the event that knows how to liven up the crowd and tell jokes.  You don’t want a “boring” person up there saying “umm, I guess you can start now.”   NO!!!  YOu want someone to do a countdown dance and get the crowd PUMPED!  “3, 2, 1 GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!”

 

We all know that someone, recruit them to help!  Offer them a free t-shirt, a banana, and a braided BFF bracelet and I bet you they will say yes.

 

The announcer will also give announcements that need to be made such as

-5 minutes to race time

-We have extra shirts for sale for $X.

-Whoever is in a blue creeper mini van, license plate XX2233, please move it away from the sidewalk.

-Thank you to our sponsors

-3, 2, 1 Go.

-Great Job runners!

-Don’t forget to buy raffle tickets for $5

-Race starts in 15 minutes

-Etc.  Whatever needs to be said (make sure they have a walkie talkie or cell phone that they can get new announcements from)

 

Even though you will have an Emcee present, it is important that the race committee/race director be there to make a personal announcement thanking everyone from participating, the sponsors and the volunteers.  The race director also needs to thank each race committee director for their help.

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