Hosting a clinic

Hey! A 3-ring circus like a racewalking clinic doesn't happen on its own. A great racewalking clinic needs a great host/hostess. The host takes care of the "on-the-ground" stuff that I couldn't possibly do myself: finding a track and classroom (usually a "real" classroom in a school, gym, office, hospital, running store, REI, etc., but sometimes just a big living room in a home with a TV/VCR); helping to promote things locally through fliers at races, newspaper announcements, contacting the local running and walking clubs, etc; and collecting registrations from participants. The host will also usually host a pasta dinner on Friday evening to help ease everyone into the weekend, although if this is impossible we sometimes do without. For this, the host gets a free clinic for him/herself (and my undying gratitude and that of the participating walkers!)

I charge $175 a head for a 2 1/2-day clinic (Friday evening from about 6-9, Saturday and Sunday from 9-5). I take all of my expenses out of that. (airfare, etc.). I also pay for supplies for the pasta dinner. If at all possible I usually stay with the host or at another participants house to cut down on my expenses. I need a minimum of 15 paid participants to get my plane ticket (although I like to shoot for 25 or so, with a maximum of 32), and to get a cheap fare I try to book 2-3 weeks out, so it's important to start promoting early. A lot of participants will find you via my web site, but about half will usually come from the local area.If you think you have enough racewalkers and marathon walkers in your area to support a clinic, drop me an e-mail.

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