As projects and clientele expand, the event company is pleased to offer increased expertise.
NAPA, CALIFORNIA—Blistering Pace Race Management is thrilled to announce that Kevin Pool has joined the growing staff as Director of Operations, bringing valuable perspective and expertise to the organization’s expanding list of clients and events.
Pool began his career in race management in 2009 with the Sacramento Running Association (SRA), where he learned many tricks of the trade under John Mansoor, who was the director of the California International Marathon for 30 years. During Pool’s four years at SRA, he became the course director, working with Michelle La Sala, president of Blistering Pace, as she took on the job of Race Director, following Mansoor’s retirement.
Pool then moved on to a Director of Operations position at Destination Races, based in Sonoma. For three years he was instrumental in producing seven wine-country half marathon races across North America. As a critical part of such a unique series, Pool learned how to execute boutique experiences for runners, joining the wine-festival atmosphere with the race environment.
“I am excited to join Michelle and the Blistering Pace Race Management team,” Pool said. “Blistering Pace offers a diverse range of race management services to its clients and I am excited to contribute to each of these events. I strive to create operational efficiencies with each race, so I look forward to fully immersing myself in the growing list of events in the BPRM portfolio.”
Since La Sala founded BPRM two years ago, the organization has served some of the world’s biggest and most prestigious races, including the TCS New York City Marathon, Bank of American Chicago Marathon, and the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K. From registration, marketing, and sponsorship, to operations, course design, and volunteer management, BPRM handles specific areas of need or full race management.
“I am excited to work with Kevin again in a full-time capacity. We share many of the same skills, so I look forward to passing along complicated operational planning to him while I continue driving the business forward,” La Sala said. “Kevin is highly focused on the bones of the races we work on, which helps me continue to see the bigger picture. I know race planning is in good hands with Kevin and our clients will appreciate his addition to the team.”
And as an accomplished competitor himself—Pool finished 18th at the 2013 Boston Marathon in a personal best of 2:18:59—he appreciates what athletes crave at all kinds of events. He has a knack of visualizing needs and potential trouble spots on any course he encounters to make the experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible for participants of all abilities.
About Blistering Pace Race Management: Founded in 2016, BPRM works in a variety of race management capacities, ranging from staffing to full operational oversight. Clients include the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K, the Napa Valley Marathon, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, the San Francisco Marathon, and the TCS New York City Marathon. For more information, visit the website at www.blisteringpace.com.