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#1 of 22 Old 07-24-2008, 01:28 PM - Thead Starter
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I was asked to be the water stop coordinator for the Fiddler's Run this fall:

http://www.capebretonfiddlersrun.com/

Any advice on how to run a good water stop? Other than "don't run out of water" of course.

One of the best things I've ever seen at a water stop was the wet sponges. The run is in late october, so it likely won't be really warm here that day. So I'm not sure if that idea would really be needed.

Any other good ideas?

What about themes for each stop?
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My advice: don't look so darn pretty and hot! It'll distract the runners.
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Flash the runners as they stop.

Wet and dry towels so they could cool their heads or something and dry off.
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Ha...hot!

BTW...if anyone is gonna be in this neck of the woods during that time, let me know! I've got room at my place for bunkers!
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Ha...hot!

BTW...if anyone is gonna be in this neck of the woods during that time, let me know! I've got room at my place for bunkers!

In addition to the water, some bandaids.
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Here's one of the hydration stop at a French race:

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Aha...oui, oui...c'est ca!
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ASG...what kind of bandaids? Plastic? Fabric? Moleskin?

Nipple guards...
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I have volunteered at and helped coordinate one waterstop at the country music marathon. I'd alot of work, and planning can be stressful. Do you have to decide how many waterstops, where, etc? Are you coordinating a sports drink and water?

The main gist is you need lots and lots and lots of volunteers. At CMM, groups volunteer for each individual waterstop, and have to recruit their own volunteers. We had to report on the names of each volunteer and have them sign a liability waiver.

The main gist is that you should have as many cups of water already poured as possible. If the race is big, it sucks when you can't pour fast enough to keep up with the runners.

And there are the logistics of getting the tables to the site, getting the fluids to the site, making sure you have everything you need on both sides in case you can't cross the street int he throng of people.

I suspect most marathons have written protocols. You may want to contact an RD from a race where you liked the logistics and ask for info.

Ask your doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.

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Thanks, Jebba!

This will be the 3rd running. Officially it'll be the fourth year, but they cancelled the second year because of weather. That's a long story in itself.

Last year I ran the half here. I don't think there was 100 of us. Hmmm...maybe there was. I'll have to check. There wasn't many, anyway. I think there was less than 40 people running the full.

They have a route marked already and know how many water stops. One of the ideas is to round up some of the highschool kids to help. They had quite a few people helping last year and I thought it went well. I hope I can do a good job!

Thanks for your input!
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One thing that's always nice to have along a HM or marathon route that can be combined with a water stop is Vaseline for chaffing and blisters...... don't really need it before mile 7 or 8 but is nice to have at a few locations after that.

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Oh, good. I was worried you'd been roped into helping at some massive race. CMM has more than 30k runners, and it was INSANE. Our one water stop had just enough people with about 60 volunteers.

Yeah, high school clubs would be good, or older scout troops. Maybe some running store(s) in the area want a table?

With that number of people, you could have almost all the fluids poured out ahead of time.

Ask your doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.

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ASG...what kind of bandaids? Plastic? Fabric? Moleskin?

Nipple guards...
Yes, yes, and yes.

Oh my yes.
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Thanks SLOjim!

Yikes...yeah, I wouldn't be able to organize anything of that size!

I just checked...last year's full had 27 people and the half had 124.

There's a kids' run the day before, too, that I'll be responsible for. But I somehow doubt the kids will be going through as much water!
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One of the 20k races I did last year had little bags of jelly beans for the runners at the water stops - about 20 beans in each bag. That race was in late October. All of the volunteers had Halloween costumes on as well.
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if you are late in the race for the marathon then everything helps

here's one that stands out in my mind from last year (~ mile 19 after a very boring couple miles)

they were cranking disco music, wearing giant afro wigs and dancing all over the place - it was great!
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if you have a college nearby, ask the fraternities/sororities. they all do philanthropy stuff and might be able to help out.

good luck!
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i was thinking also the local girl scouts/boyscouts Brownines/ cubscouts. in the Athens to Atlants one town always has the cubscouts out for a water stop. we have about 400 skaters go by that stop.

orange slices are nice too
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i was thinking also the local girl scouts/boyscouts Brownines/ cubscouts. in the Athens to Atlants one town always has the cubscouts out for a water stop. we have about 400 skaters go by that stop.

orange slices are nice too
how does skating over a street full of crushed orange peels work out?
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how does skating over a street full of crushed orange peels work out?

i don't know, i'm never that far back

over 87 miles a lot of folks actually stop at the 6 water stops/ checkpoints and eat. the fast folks almost never actually stop and we just grab on the fly, much like the bike races.
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My advice: don't look so darn pretty and hot! It'll distract the runners.

My advice: look darn pretty and hot and wear a bikini! It'll get the hormone levels up in the runners and make them faster...
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How about paper towels, and pretzels. They always had those at the TNT water stops and they were great. That and hard candy in case you forgot your gu and started to get shaky. The salt from a pretzel always seems to be enough to get ya going again when you're tired.
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