This chapter is intended to help you, the Club Fat Ass Event Host, determine how you would like to address the issue of aid for your event.
For the purposes of Club Fat Ass events, we refer to an aid as, "any form of outside assistance" and an aid station as, "a place where an event participant can get aid."
One of the key premises of Club Fat Ass events is that participants should be fully self-sufficient and should not expect external aid of any kind during the event. That said, an Event Host may opt to provide aid as an unexpected extra or to insure that an unprepared guest doesn't come to grief because they didn't prepare appropriately.
Clearly, it is very important to establish expectations as they refer to aid. The following thoughts are intended to help Event Hosts and participants clarify expectations and prepare accordingly.
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Setting expectations properly is particularly important when it comes to aid.
Promote that guests in your event should expect no aid from you. State clearly in all event communications that you expect them to come prepared to complete the event with their own food and liquids.
Make sure you note drinking fountains or public washrooms with clean drinking water in your event course description. (Be sure to check that they are working the week before your event!) Also identify on your course description the location of convenience stores or other places where a hungry or thirsty guest might stock up along the course.
We recommend you identify key Reference Points along the event course where an aid station might be set up if a volunteer steps forward. If there are no volunteers, nothing is lost. If there are, it is easy for guests and volunteers to identify the location of the aid station.
Will you take participant’s belongings from the start to the finish or to aid stations along the course? The contents of a drop bag may include a change of shoes or sox, a change of clothes, food or other special needs. If you are accepting drop bags, at which reference point can the participant expect them?