RUNNER RETENTION SURVEY
WANTED: INFORMATION ON YOUR RUNNING ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS Runners and walkers have a chance to weigh in on matters that influence their participation in events by taking a RunningUSA survey. Many of the questions are rankings of what is most and least important to you when choosing a race or other activity to attend. Is it medals or t-shirts? Low fees? Chip timing? Expo experiences? Family involvement?
Other questions ask about past and expected future participation in running and walking races and non-running competitions. If the number of events you’ve entered has decreased, you’re asked to explain.
Those who have a desire to influence what organizers offer in the future should take the survey. Race directors are interested in ‘retention’; they want to have runners and walkers return year after year, and spread the word about their wonderful experiences.
After the fact, post-race reviews that complain about inconveniences or disappointments won’t be as effective in shaping the design of next year’s events as providing input now.
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