sultan of schwinn
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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Being a 5K addict and being a race director for a while, I think that I can answer 1-4 (#5 is your thing).
- If you are organizing a brand new race, budget at least 200 hours for the project. In addition to trying to contact (and secure) sponsors, you got to deal with government/police/city hall etc to make sure everything goes right
-there are a few essentials about a 5k race (and most of them have to do with securing the roads and having paramedic help in case someone has problems and -absolutely essential- measuring the race exactly so it is a 5K and not an inch more and the obvious, get a good time keeping way). But, there are a lot of things that would be classified on the "nice to do" things or a differentiating factor for a race: Sponsors, cool shirts, goody bags, plenty of parking nearby, port-a-potties, raffle prices, prices for winners, etc)
- $25 would be ok around here, depending on the goodies. $20 is more of the norm
- She would be 1000% better with an established group. They would get at least the major thing right: the timing. But she would need to do lots of work for the other things mentioned, because they don't do it. And unless someone has a $10000 investment in timing equiptment and a website to upload results, a pro is a must...