Learning from the best: Through networking with other directors, I’m improving my own race

July 4th, 2016 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes, Blogs | No Comments »

When Michelle got the chance to network with other race directors, she got ideas on how to better improve her own race.


Sometimes I cry at the finish line, but it’s always happy tears

May 23rd, 2016 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes, Blogs | No Comments »

Michelle Kempton from Maritime Race Weekend says the biggest reward of her job is seeing runners transform their lives.


An effective and fun way to stand out in the crowd at race expos

May 13th, 2016 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes, Blogs | No Comments »

The Maritimes Race Weekend crew has a unique and fun way to stand out from the rest of the crowd at race expos in an effort to attract new runners.


How my race helped boost the local Halifax economy

February 18th, 2016 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes, Blogs | No Comments »

When she started up a race in her hometown, Michelle had no idea just how much she would impact the local economy. Now, her Maritime Race Weekend pulls runners from all over– and Nova […]


The “W” word

June 10th, 2015 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes | No Comments »

A lot of race directors are superstitious and you will rarely hear us say the “W” word leading up to a race in fear it might jinx the event. What’s the forbidden word? Weather […]


Good times in the Maritimes

May 8th, 2015 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes | No Comments »

A highlight of my job is definitely hearing runners’ stories about Maritime Race Weekend. These shared experiences inspired our race weekend catch phrase: good times in the Maritimes. Depending on the runner, this can […]


Improving kit pick-up

April 22nd, 2015 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes | No Comments »

Maritime Race Weekend has tripled in size over the last three years. Considering the rapid growth, there have been very few issues. Every year is slightly different. New obstacles occur one year that didn’t […]


Runners’ top picks

April 10th, 2015 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes | 4 Comments »

The downtime over winter was much needed, but race planning is now in full throttle. In the last week I’ve submitted permit requests, arranged for first aid, booked equipment, confirmed insurance, counted inventory, talked […]


30,000 runners, 4 race directors, 1 common goal

March 24th, 2015 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes | 1 Comment »

This weekend, race directors from Nova Scotia’s four largest marathons met to discuss strategies on improving East Coast races. We brainstormed ideas, discussed industry trends, asked each other for advice and gave opinions. Of […]


Jumping in feet first

February 24th, 2015 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes | No Comments »

It may surprise many to learn it takes six months to organize Police Chase, a 5K with 1,000 participants, and twelve months to plan Maritime Race Weekend, a two day event including two 5Ks, a 10K, […]


Never let them see you sweat

February 4th, 2015 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes | No Comments »

Only a few people know this, but last year my race medal delivery was held up for over a month in international waters and at customs. The shipment only arrived three days before race […]


I love my job

January 26th, 2015 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Behind the Scenes | No Comments »

Behind the Scenes will offer you an exclusive view of what is involved in organizing road races. Buckle up, because being a race director is a roller coaster ride! There is no question that […]