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2005 Race Director Compensation Study Released
By David Monti
(c) 2005 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Fewer than 40% of U.S. race directors consider race directing their sole occupation and 35% reported receiving any compensation at all for their work.  That's according to a new study released by Road Race Management, a Bethesda, Md., monthly newsletter devoted to the management of road running events.

The survey, the first of its kind, revealed what many in the running industry have suspected for a long time: race director pay is as varied as the events themselves.

"Compensation means different things to different people," said Dave McGillvray who directs the BAA Boston Marathon and TDI BankNorth Beach to Beacon 10-K amongst other events.  "Some do this professionally, strictly for a living, to make money, to pay bills.  Others do this as part of a larger job position.  Others do this to raise money for a worthwhile cause.  Interestingly, we all can co-exist very nicely."

Sean Ryan, the director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, compiled the survey for Road Race Management publisher, Phil Stewart.  Amongst his key findings:

Of those who are paid, there is a fairly even split between those receiving a salary and those receiving a management fee for their largest race.  A handful of respondents alluded to compensation that included commission fees and a share of the profits from their event.

In general, race directing remains a relatively low-income industry for the majority of its practitioners.  More than half reported income of less than $20,000 from their largest event.  When all of the races an individual directs are taken into account, however, nearly one in four respondents reported a total income over $50,000.

Nearly two-thirds of the race directors surveyed are responsible for more than one running event each year. Over 40% of the respondents handle four or more events each year.

The charitible nature of many events (most are set-up as not-for-profits) was the key reason cited by the directors who were unpaid as the reason they were not paid.

The complete survey will be published in the November issue of Road Race Management.  More information is available at http://www.rrm.com, including how to subscribe to the newsletter.

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