Maybe the most important people on the mountain for weary competitors.
Selecting your support crew
Try to choose people who have either participated or experienced and ultra event before and if you can’t make sure the people you have in your crew are organised. Ideally you’ll have more than one person in your crew as it can be just as an exhausting experience for them as you and this way you’ll have one to drive and one to navigate. This isn’t an easy course to get around by car so travel times can be long. A patient crew is a virtue.
Include you crew and make them part of the event.
You and your support crew are one big team, family even, so get them involved. This can start while you’re training. Get them out for a walk with you so they can experience a bit of what you trying to achieve. Before the event get there thoughts on checkpoint times and how long they think it will take them to move from point to point.
On the event weekend communicate, communicate then communicate some more. We have seem many a race come undone through poor communication and planning. And whatever you don’t forget to encourage and support your crew as much as they do you. Its amazing how far a simple thankyou, you’re doing a wonderful job can go.
Preparing your crew
Take the time to prepare your crew and what will be required of them during the event as they need to know what is expected of them. The better planned you are the better the event will be.
Please share the Event Crew Guidelines with your support crew so they are very aware of what they can and cannot do, where they can and cannot go and how much easier life can be for them by being prepared.
Support Crew Guide. You can download it - (coming soon)
And don’t forget to check out the - LINK (Coming November) - for everything your support crew will need.