Friday, January 13, 2012

Portland Marathon's Event Director's College to Host Program in Charleston, South Carolina

Registration now open for March 28-29 event; spaces limited; this special College is part of the 35th Cooper River Bridge Run

PORTLAND, Ore. - (January 6, 2012) - The Portland Marathon Event Director's College will present a two-day conference for event directors, event committee members and others in the running and walking industry as part of the 35th Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, South Carolina on March 28-29, 2012.

This well-known, seminar-styled program will include a number of popular Event Director panelists, such as:
* Allan Steinfeld, former New York City Marathon Director and President of the NYRRC
* Wally Kastner, Event Director of the Big Sur Marathon and Half Marathons
* Julian Smith, Event Director of the Cooper River event
* Rick Nealis, Event Director of the Marine Corps Marathon and Half
* Scott Keenan, Event Director of Grandma's Marathon
* Les Smith, Event Director of the Portland Marathon
* Brian Crawford, Former Administrative Director of the New York City Road Runners Club

The Portland Marathon Event Director's College was established in 1990 as part of the Portland Marathon. Hundreds of Event Director's and event staff members have attended the conference over the last 22 years.

The Portland Marathon College is unique because it uses a moderator-panel format that allows the faculty panels to actively interplay with those attending the sessions.

Grandma's Marathon's Scott Keenan noted, "This presentation method allows more really good information to come forward. It creates a dialogue that is much like a round table discussion. And, it prevents the attendees from suffering through a lecture format."

The East Coast version of the Conference will encompass two full days and cover subjects that include sponsorship, volunteers, charities, event revenue resources, management and organization, intellectual property, event technology and other related subjects.

"It is a great way to pass along good information," said Les Smith, the "Dean" of the Portland Marathon College. "The conference is also a huge networking opportunity for those attending. We always have fun events to go along with the College. The Charleston Conference will be in a beautiful and historic city. The activities will include a fabulous Charleston harbor dinner buffet boat ride, two lunches and a dinner at one of Charleston's most beautiful clubs"

"As a bonus, the conference will also tie into the activities of the Cooper River Bridge Run event," said Julian Smith, Event Director of the Charleston Cooper River Run. "Those attending will have the chance to see a 35,000-person 10K event in action and from behind the scenes. There will be a press conference, VIP opportunities, an Interactive Expo and other pre- and post-event activities."

Learn more and register, visit: or

Sponsorship, vendor and exhibitor opportunities are currently available and will sell out quickly. For more information, email:

For more information about the Portland Marathon or to register for events, visit:

 this article Courtesy of Running USA wire

No comments:

Post a Comment