No day-of reg, headphones may get you disqualified, reusable bibs still need care
During the COVID – 19 pandemic, the Vancouver Island Race Series stopped day-of-race registration.
The purpose was to cut down on person-to-person interaction as well as follow provincial health orders. The results worked very well for the runners as well as race operations.
Having day-of-race registration requires a number of volunteers to show up early, as well as prepare and plan for the morning of the race. Additionally, participants are required to show up earlier than they otherwise would.
With registration taken care of in advance and race package pickup happening (as much as possible) on the Saturdays prior to each race, will lead to smoother overall race day operations.
Currently, the race series is experiencing a strong season pass push, as well as single-race registrations. For the price of $25 for a single race or $175 for a season pass, it is well worth registering in advance.
Personalized and reusable bibs (need care)
For season pass holders who registered by Dec. 8, they will receive two Tyvek, reusable bibs that should last throughout the series. They are also personalized, with each person’s first name and last initial, accompanied by a number for the timing service.
Although the Tyvek reusable bibs are hardier than your standard, they will need care. Please do not put your race bib through the wash, wrinkle, or fold them. Lay them flat and take care until the next race. Otherwise, you may need to order a standard number for each race, thereby defeating one of the purposes: avoiding package pickup.
Headphones are not recommended
Do not wear headphones (or earbuds) while racing. While racing on the roads, you may impede emergency vehicles that you may not be able to hear. If so, you will be disqualified. Additionally, you may be given important instructions during the race. What if there is wildlife or an emergency situation ahead and a volunteer is asking you to stop?
What if an angry resident of the area is trying to get by? Do not put yourself at risk.
Four-time Olympian Lorraine Moller from New Zealand, who is now a coach and instructor in the sport of running wrote an excellent article for those who like to wear headphones when running. You may read it here.