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Guidelines for Safe Events

Download the RRCA Guidelines for Safe Events

The RRCA is NOT a regulatory body and we do not sanction events.  The RRCA National Organization does not provide direct oversight for the conduct of local events.  RRCA member events are locally governed, owned and operated.  The RRCA does issue guidelines, not rules, for the conduct of safe events and provides a general liability insurance policy that covers certain activities for running clubs and running/walking events. 

Review our Insurance FAQs to understand coverage.  All events insured by the RRCA are expected to follow the RRCA Guidelines for Safe Events (2010). Risk management is one of the primary responsibilities of a race director and following the RRCA Guidelines will help ensure a safer event for participants.  Furthermore, the RRCA insurance program is a group policy and poor planning and decision making by one can affect the program for all. It is a shared responsibility of race directors to ensure they are doing everything possible to deliver a safe, well planned event for their participants.  The RRCA also expects all race directors to follow our Race Director Code of Ethics in the conduct of their events.

Highlights from the Guidelines for Safe Events

  • Event Planning
  • Course Design
  • Managing Volunteers
  • Event Registration,
  • Pre-Race Information
  • Packet Pick-Up
  • Start Line
  • Traffic Control
  • Spectator Control
  • Participant Control
  • Communications
  • Water Stations
  • Medical Assistance
  • Weather
  • Finish Area
  • Special Considerations for Children’s Events

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