We often say that race directing is like throwing a lot of balls up in the air and hoping to catch them all them at the same time – but that rarely happens. We catch a lot – but no race goes off without a hitch. No matter how many contingencies we try to plan for, there is always something unexpected that goes awry. But we learn at every event, take lots of notes, ask for feedback – and work to fix any issues in the following year.
At last year’s Providence race, we had an unprecedented number of people picking up their bib on race morning – nearly half the participant field, and we just were not able to move through everyone fast enough. We definitely dropped that ball. We have made a number of changes on the back end in hopes of alleviating that same issue from occurring again this year.
The biggest front-facing change is that we are limiting in advance the number of participants that can pick up their bib. While many larger races eliminate race day bib pick up altogether, we know that is not an option for many. There will be a premium for those that need to pick up race day, that is to encourage the majority of the participants to pick up their bib in advance. This policy has been enacted to provide a smooth race day and an on time start for all of our participants.
If you cannot get to the Omni on Friday or Saturday, you are welcome to send a friend or family member in your stead. You just need to provide a signed note and a copy of your ID. We will keep the note, but you can have the copy of your ID back.
So please plan on picking up your bib at the Omni on Friday from 1-7pm or Saturday from 11am to 5pm. There will be NO race day bib pick up unless that option was reserved during your registration steps.
We appreciate your understanding and patience on this new policy. We know we needed to change things for this year and we hope to have learned from our mistakes. It is our hope to provide a smooth and relaxing race day experience for all our participants.