As a first-time marshal the thing that struck me on the day is all the questions you get asked, long before you're sent off to your station. So I would say that a good marshal briefing is important - make sure everyone knows where the toilets are, any specific arrangements for getting people to the start, whether/where there is any baggage drop-off, water stations, etc.
Yes, this sort of information will be in the runners' information but that's beside the point. People have the capacity of a goldfish for absorbing this kind of information, plus some of the marshals may well be volunteers drafted in at the last minute who are literally turning up on the day and awaiting instructions. So a good marshal briefing gets my vote, then make sure they know where they are on the route when they get there. I guess emergency phone number contact including everyone having the number for the race safety officer, etc. is a given.
Good luck to anyone who thinks wearing a high viz vest will make a car stop? It might work in the middle of a town but try asking some hairy ass farmer to stop his 4x4 on his way to market!
As for all races having markers? They don't!
Chase the the bad guys outta town
I'd say to marshall - hope that helps!
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