Course Design

Course Design | USATF Certification

The process of designing a course can be a tough one if you don’t have experience doing it. You need to be able to create a route that runners will enjoy, but will be safe. Avoiding major intersections is key, and working with the local authorities will be a requirement. Then, after all that, you need to be able to guarantee the distance is exactly accurate within inches of your route. Not an easy feat. You will also need to be able to create a to-scale map as part of the certification process.

However, our team of runners has a long history of planning, routing, and designing courses for events of all lengths. Whether you need a simple 5k loop, a trail run, triathlon or marathon, we can help you out. We certify all our course designs through the USATF so you know they’re accurate. You will also be provided with a course map created by our on site graphic designer.

We can even set up times to meet with your local police department, public works department, or planning committee to better understand the traffic and roads in your area in order to create the best course. Typically, we work with these groups to make sure the route is the best one possible. When you collaborate with them, they will often send a street sweeper through the course, and provide barricades for your event.

If you’d like to know more, request a quote and we’d be happy to help you out!


Course Maps

Every time we design and certify a route, we create two maps for our clients. The first map is a simple black and white map that is used in our measuring and certification process. The second, is a professionally designed map that can be used on banners and website. It’s always a great idea to print a large banner or sign with your course map for runners to look at before the race starts. We can also provide these maps in a brochure or pamphlet to hand out at packet pick-up.