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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 all of our insurance information 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. 

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

Guidelines for
Safe Events

Risk management is one of the primary responsibilities of a race director​. Follow the RRCA Guidelines ​to help ensure a safer event​ (PDF).
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Recommended Waiver Templates

All RRCA members utilizing the general liability insurance program are required to obtain waivers from all participants and members.
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​Permitting for

​It is important to know the permitting process in your community well in advance of planning your event and applying for a permit.
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Event Alert

EAS is a color-coded method of quickly communicating to participants the potential for adverse weather conditions that can affect the race event.
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Headphones, Strollers
& Dogs Policies

Advising participants to leave ​music devices at home or in the car is part of the risk management responsibility of a race director.
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Working with Challenged Athletes

​We hope ​our guidelines​ outline the inclusion of athletes with disabilities through reasonable accommodations ​to ​enable participation.
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