...it went well! The video clips were great little teasers. We're directing our first straight running event next week, and I'm more anxious about that than the AR's we've done. Did you find the audience and expectations to be dramatically different?
i actually think straight running events are SO MUCH easier, but mostly in the planning stages. we used our same course as last year, same permit to deal with, same land management staff, it's mostly a "copy/paste" operation in the pre-race prep.
of course on race day i'm always nervous just hoping that everyone stays safe, same as any adventure race. there is a bit more nervousness that runners are able to stay on course - if the AR folks get lost it's their own fault! but Erl and I have a good system for course marking and we haven't had too many issues (knock on wood).
as far as expectations, i think everyone's about the same. they want a good shirt (or other pre-race swag), good food, and a good finisher prize. we had a couple complaints for the run that there was no post-race beer - but it's not allowed in the park. plus the park is a solid 30min drive from anywhere, and we finished before noon...just didn't think it was necessary to ask special permission :)
i also think a major key to a good event is a good sound system - quiet generator, quality speaker (loud!), good microphone, and fun playlist. that really adds to both the general atmosphere and ability to communicate with your racers, for starting line announcements and awards ceremonies. sponsors appreciate hearing their name broadcast loudly, clearly, and frequently!
Thanks, that's really reassuring! We don't have beer either, but we've got good pizza and bottles of water :) Now to work on a playlist...