If you’ve ever run a marathon, chances are that the one thing that you weren’t prepared for are the number of portable toilets that they truck in for any event, whether large or small. When planning a distance race, and especially an aspirational one like the marathon, making sure that you have the proper facilities can often be the difference-maker between having a successful event and one that is memorable, but for all the wrong reasons.
No Racer Wants Fewer Toilets
It doesn’t matter what the size of the marathon is, almost all racers will want more toilets. For a race that can last over four or five hours for some runners, bathroom breaks during a marathon are a fact of life.
Consider this, even in the New York City Marathon, many racers put ‘more portable toilets’ at the top of their post-race critiques, even when event planners placed over 2,500 portable toilets throughout the course.
The Dilemma Of ‘Newbie’ Marathon Runners
If you’ve done a few marathons before, it’s likely that you are able to plan out your bathroom breaks with some regularity. Even if there is a line at your planned bathroom stop, you probably don’t have a big problem waiting for the next one.
For ‘newbie’ marathon runners, bathroom breaks are almost always one of the last things on their mind. In their case, the need to use a bathroom might sneak up on them. If you don’t include the right amount of portable toilets (hint: more is better), then long bathroom lines can result in problems during the race and complaints of missed personal records due to external circumstances.
You don’t want to be known as the race with a lack of portable toilets, especially at the start.
Portable Toilets Help You Take Care Of Your Surroundings
What you might not think about is the fact that whether or not you provide portable toilets, your runners will have to do something when nature calls. If your marathon is out in the woods, this might be more of a non-issue, but for most marathon courses; at least some part of the course runs through a suburb or city.
In these cases, having properly marked portables toilets is a necessity. During the New York Marathon, for instance, there are often complaints of runners using whatever space they can to relieve themselves, even if it isn’t exactly private. For any marathon planner, this can cause problems that make future event planning a much more difficult proposition.
Planning the proper marathon takes plenty of experience, and most of all perseverance. There are so many things to plan down to the letter that you don’t want to make any mistakes. That being said, the small things are what count in the end; making sure that you portable toilets for all of your runners is one of those important considerations. Not only will it make the entire experience more enjoyable for both new and veteran runners, but also it will help keep the entire course cleaner and it will help satisfy one of the biggest gripes that many marathon runners have with both large and small races.