January 13 call will explore safety and security planning for responsibly produced events.
Council for Responsible Sport Executive Director Keith Peters invited organizers of running races, adventure runs, triathlons and Grand Fondos to join the monthly support group call the Council hosts at 1 p.m. Pacific time on the second Wednesday of every month. This month’s call is scheduled for January 13th, and will last one hour.
The format for the monthly call is typically 15-20 minutes of presentation by a guest speaker, followed by Q&A and round table discussion among attendees. Doug Thurston, Race Director and Executive Director of the Big Sur International Marathon and Big Sur Marathon Events will lead the January conversation about safety and security planning for mass participant sports events.
“We’re pleased to have Doug Thurston as our guest speaker this month,” said Peters. “He’s been an active participant at the annual Marathon Safety & Security Summit organized by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, and has directed road races big and small, across the country, for the past 30 years.”
Peters added: “It’s my sense that most event organizers aren’t even aware of the annual Marathon and Safety Summit, and those that do know about it probably think the work is exclusive to marathons—it isn’t. All responsibly produced events need to have a robust safety and security policy, and our hope is that by opening this conversation to a wider group, we’ll ultimately drive much broader participation in the work the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security is doing.”
To join the call at 1 p.m. Pacific time next Wednesday, dial (605) 475-3235 and enter access code 829413#.
About the Council for Responsible Sport:
The Council’s vision is a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm and its mission is to provide support for, and objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing to make a difference in their communities. The current version of the Council’s Certification standards (v.4.2) was developed by an outside working group of both sustainability and sport industry experts, reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders throughout 2013 and implemented in January 2014.
In addition to its certification program, the Council also offers direct consulting support to event organizers that may be just beginning to explore ways to reduce their event’s environmental impacts, while enhancing its social benefits.