Long Run Coordinator
SIGN UP TO BE A LONG RUN COORDINATOR
PICK UP AT 3 ELLIEWOOD AVE on Wednesday - Friday (9:30am-5:30pm)
DROP OFF AT 3 ELLIEWOOD AVE on Saturday or Monday (9:30am-5:30pm)
The only supplies that will not be provided are water and ice. (Please make sure to include ice in the coolers so the water and Gatorade is cold!) Everything else listed below will be available for pick-up.
The heart of this summer training program is the weekly group long runs. Thanks to the excellent volunteer efforts of our fellow long run coordinators, these long runs are well organized and ultimately serve as the core of the program. Nothing prepares the participant for their races more than these long runs. For these long runs to be successful everyone needs to pitch in, so, everyone that participates in the program must also sign up to help coordinate one of these weekly group runs.
There are essentially four main responsibilities associated with coordinating these long runs:
Here is a detailed description of the long run coordinators specific duties and obligations. Please read it very carefully and contact me with any questions regarding the organization of these important long runs. In the past, this “give and take” effort has proved to be a huge success and group members have commented that coordinating a long run was one of their favorite aspects of the overall program.
Remember: This is a very important obligation which you only have to do once throughout the summer. We ask that you please take it as seriously as your predecessors have taken it. Everyone benefits from your efforts! Thanks!
IMPORTANT: Supplies must be picked up at Ragged Mountain between 9:30am – 5:30pm on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
Each week, the coordinators are in charge of setting up the water stops along the course. The location of each water stop is marked on the maps.
There should be at least 2 coolers every 2-3 miles including the start/finish area. We recommend up to 3-4 coolers are designated for Gatorade (1 per stop). Make sure to include ICE in each cooler so the water and Gatorade is COLD.
You will need to place the coolers (2-3 per stop) on top of the blue "crates" so they aren't on the ground. Place the cups (100 per stop) and trash bag (1 per stop) near the coolers.
Setting out the coolers can be very time consuming, so please leave yourself enough time to drop them out along the course and remember the group promptly starts their run at 6:15am from June-August and 6:45am in September-October.
After the completion of the run, the coolers need to be retrieved and returned to the shop (CLEANED and AIRED OUT) by Tuesday afternoon so they may be picked up by the next group of coordinators.
MARKING THE COURSE
Marking the course is not only a very important job, but it is also the most time consuming, especially for runs that are in the 14-22 mile range. It takes at least 90 minutes to mark a course, so we recommend that at least 2 people share this task. The bucket (make sure it’s filled all the way up with marking line) can be picked up at Ragged Mountain between 9:30am – 6pm on Wednesday– Friday.
Make sure you have two solid plastic cups in the bucket to use as your marking device.
Please mark the course every mile with an actual number (not just a line) and with arrows at every intersection so folks know which way to go. Please mark the first ½ mile as well. We do not recommend marking the course the day or night before, as cars will run over and blemish the markings or rain will wash them away. Please return the bucket by Tuesday at 5:30pm so it’s ready for pickup by the next group on Wednesday.
We will be offering everyone a FREE Clif bar (as a perk) after the run, so the coordinators are also responsible for picking them up with the rest of the supplies. Please return any unused bars to the shop after the run.
POST LONG RUN ICE
Please fill the CTC ice chest with crushed ice and place ziploc bags inside for people to fill up as needed. We provide ice so that participants may begin their icing regimen (if Achilles, hamstring, calf, knee, back, hip, or any other soft tissue area is sore and in need of icing) immediately following the completion of the long run for the car ride home.
Long Run Maps (PDF)
Mark's Hand Drawn Maps of Courses with Waters Stops (PDF)
RIVERVIEW (8 water coolers):
Near trail start and at the 2 mile turn around (Place 2 water coolers and 2 Gatorade coolers at both stops.)
KEENE (8 coolers):
RIDGE ROAD (9 coolers):
WHITE HALL (10 coolers):
DICK WOODS (9 coolers):
GREEN SPRING (12 coolers):
FREE UNION (8 coolers):