Webinar: Importance of USAT Officials at Events: Direct and Indirect Costs of Officials at Your Races

Dec. 08, 2014 3 p.m. (ET)


Topic: Importance of USAT Officials at Events:  Direct and Indirect Costs of Officials at Your Races

Having USA Triathlon Certified Officials preside over your race’s rule enforcement is key to providing a non-biased application of triathlon regulations, as well as  a fresh set of eyes on your event. USAT officials have been thoroughly trained on the rules of and the practical knowledge to enforce those rules. Staff and volunteers either do not possess the skills or certification to apply the rules effectively, while race directors and trained event staff cannot legally be an official while  promoting a race due to potential for biased assessment. 

Other logistical strategies that will save money, resources and your next race’s reputation include:

  • Leaving qualified individuals to unbiasedly serve your athletes (also known as customers!) well
  • Allowing officials to save you from making difficult decisions under very stressful conditions
  • Remaining in good standing with USAT rule regulation and enforcement
  • Available for questions following the event

A few dollars invested for a certified USAT official is arguably as good of an investment as having another part-time staff on race day. 

In this webinar, seasoned race director Bruce Dunn will provide case studies of official’s attendance at events; how to reduce official’s fees over the long term and why race directors can’t afford not to have officials will be covered during this informative and interactive webinar. Plus, a live Q&A with Bruce to follow where he will tackle your questions in real time.


Bruce Dunn

Bruce Dunn's experiences in fundraising, customer service, small business management/ownership and race promotion led him to form a sports event management and consulting company, All Sports Productions, Inc., to promote cycling, multisport, running and outdoor events.

Dunn is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in finance and banking. He is the former director of development for the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Prior to coming to the UA, Dunn was the owner of an upscale clothing store, Mister Guy, which he owned and operated for more than 13 years.

He has held leadership positions in several civic and professional organizations in Northwest Arkansas including president of the Northside Rotary Club, chairperson of the Town Center Election Committee, and president of the Downtown Fayetteville Business Association. He has served as a board member of Children's House, Habitat for Humanity and the Downtown/Dickson Enhancement Project.

When not in a meeting or on the phone, he is riding his bike. Bruce is a USA Triathlon Level-2 Certified Race Director; USA Cycling National/International Certified Race Director; serves on the USAT Race Director’s Committee; Arkansas state representative to USA Cycling and president of the Fayetteville Wheelmen cycling team.  He competes as a Category 2 & Master's level rider in several cycling races throughout the year and occasionally you can find him toeing the line in a triathlon or running race as well.

He is married to Debra Dunn and they are active members of Central United Methodist Church.


Entry Fee: $14.99 for USAT Member or Race Directors (0 CEU), $24.99 USAT Certified Race Director (1 CEU), $29.99 Non-USAT Members (0 CEU)

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