“I did not know what to expect, organizing a 5K race for our high school on Thanksgiving Day. From the very beginning of the process to the end, FS Series was there at every meeting, answering every question and came to the table with enthusiasm and a “can do” attitude for the event. Working with the staff of FS Series was very worthwhile. Their professionalism, knowledge of how to organize the race along with the contacts in the community, made the event a success. No question was too trivial and their response back to our committee was quick. On the day of the race, from the set-up, to the organization of the volunteers, to the very last detail, FS Series took command and insured that everything was done. Adding the half marathon to our event was very exciting and well received by the community. Kudos go to FS Series for their professionalism, attention to detail, and organization skills! We were extremely pleased with the whole experience and event.”
Sandy Gasper Wakefield High School PTSA President
“ I have liked every FSSeries event I have participated or volunteered at. I particularly like the duathlon series they put on, because even though they are always held in the winter/early Spring, they are the only duathlons around to get me ready for an April duathlon Nationals every year. The crew is knowledgeable, efficient, and most of all…..fun! ” Here’s to another great year for you guys,
Kristin Villopoto / Athlete
The most wonderful aspect of racing with FSSeries is that no one is a race number. Everyone is treated as an individual, with both respect and appreciation. The FS team lets you know they are glad to see you, instead of how lucky you are to be in their race. And the courses are very clearly marked so you are never left guessing. When you finish, you’ve had a grand experience whatever the outcome.
Mary Whitwill/ Athlete
Would love to contribute! "Every FSSERIES race I've been to has been supremely well run with a very fun atmosphere. The FSSERIES staff is always very personable, bright, and passionate showing how much they love what they do and care about the participants and their experience."
David Williams Coach/ Athlete
Our race is in it's 3rd year and FS Series has made everything top notch. We know that when the FS Series truck pulls in, all our worries/concerns will evaporate and we can focus on keeping our participants happy and giving them a positive experience. We never have to worry about the details and ALL of the feedback that we have received has been positive; that has everything to do with the work that the FS Series folks do. We couldn't be happier and we look forward to many years of working with this group.
Chris Phillips Race Director of Lake Hickory Y Triathlon
In my three years of racing FSSERIES events I have never been disappointed. A positive experience every time and that's because the bottom line for the guys that operate FS is taking care of the athlete. They really care and show it. They have a strong sense of community and make sure everyone involved in their events have a good time. They truly live up Racing Done Right!
Alan Diaz / Athlete
The folks at FSSERIES have successfully returned triathlon to the days
of when it was a relaxed family event. The races are managed
professionally and I found myself only racing FSSERIES races. My
favorite race is the Washington Half. It rocks a beautiful clean swim,
fast bike course, and I like the 2X out n back run course.
Seth Botwick / Athlete
I’m a fan of that Battle of Buckhorn race. The belt buckle for the male and female winners is a great idea, and I can only hope that as this race gains in popularity so will the smack talk and legend that surrounds the buckle. Where else in North Carolina can you run by a pasture with massive Texas Longhorn grazing and lounging in the shade? The venue is has a beautiful view of the lake and is a great place to hang out if you just want to enjoy the show. What a wonderful race put on by a top notch team from Finish Strong – the FS Series rocks!
Bruce Richtner/ Athlete
Loved working with FSSERIES! Our 6th Annual Wakefield High School JUST THINK FIRST 5K & 1st Skinny Turkey 1/2 Marathon was a huge success due to the professionalism and expertise of the entire team. The course was beautiful & challenging, and their volunteer's were great! FSSERIES is a well-oiled machine! As a Program Administrator at Wakefield HS, I truely appreciate all your hard work and thank you so much for your support!
Deb Keller Parent Wakefield high school / Athlete
Wanted to let you know several of us really enjoyed the 2011 Greenville Duathlon (short course for us). We were very hesitant to even try because we had no idea about this, so many people looked so super serious and our bikes were no way the level or expense these people were using. We just knew we would be confused, not sure and not quite understand the entire process. All the staff and volunteers made it so easy and understandable for "newcomers". It was explained well and everything was properly marked. You had good volunteers that were very informative. Thanks a bunch to your entire FSSERIES staff and to the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority for all their help and smiling faces as well as words of encouragement. The ones struggling like us needed that. Everything made the race go well for us amateurs. I am happy with my place in the 50-54 age group as well as overall for my first Duathlon.
Yancey Warren - Robersonville, NC
Mike Derner - Winterville, NC
Shane Harris - Winterville, NC
I wanted to take a minute to thank FS Series for your outstanding work when timing our two fall races. We had the pleasure of working with all three partners of FSLLC, and could not have been more pleased. Consider the information below as a letter of reference to share with your future clients.
At the Ford's Colony 5k and 10k event we had two separate starting lines, and three mini-waves in each race. All of the starts occurred over a 6 minute span. Jason Biggs handled this complex start without a single issue. We also had a clearly marked finish line area that was well manned. As a race committee we only had to provide a person to help with back up timing (not dozens of timing volunteers). Jason began posting printed results within three minutes of the first finishers. They constantly updated the results as more came across the line. I have never seen results posted so quickly at an event. To make things even better, the final results were posted online, before they even left the race site! By the time people got home from the race, the results were waiting for them. WOW! That is truly a first for any race I have been involved with.
We next worked with FS Series at the Medoc Trail Races. This event includes a 10-miler and a Marathon, again with two different start times. Once again they handled the start flawlessly, and were in position to produce immediate printed results as the finishers arrived. We had a few issues with some incorrect birthdates due to our error, but FS Series was able to make the adjustment during the race to ensure the results would be accurate. Where other events shut down timing when there are only a few runners left, Marc Primanti and Brent Dorenkamp did not pack up a single item until the last marathoner happily crossed the line. Trust me, this runner took note of this and emailed later to say, "Usually, [timers] are busy packing up. . . or gone! Please pass my appreciation along to them."
If you are looking for event timers, the Rocky Mount Endurance Club gives a strong recommendation that you consider FS Series. We were able to manage our event without any worries regarding timing. Trust me, there are enough things to worry about on race day. Where other timing companies require lots of volunteers to support just the timing, FS Series is efficient and able to get things done with only one to two backup timers. There is clearly more than just one chip timing company in Raleigh and Eastern North Carolina area now. Give FS Series a try at your next event. You will not be disappointed.
Ran my second FS Triathlon today at Lake Royale and just like Mayo Lake you guys did a great job! I wanted to comment specifically about your volunteers and staffing at road intersections along the bike route -- at both races they did a great job of managing the flow of traffic and allowing us to keep our pace without slowing. In general, your volunteers also do a fine job of encouraging racers throughout the race. Although I have been a spectator at events in the past, this has been my first season as a racer and I have been impressed by your personalized operation and the friendliness of your staff, especially Debbie -- she remembered my wife and me by first name from a previous event. We will definitely participate in more of your events in 2009.
First of all, GREAT event! That was so well run and organized, beautifully staffed with nice volunteers, easy as pie to know what to do and how to do it. Thank you!
I’ll be watching for more of your events for sure.
Also, many thanks for the Outback gift certificates, which I received because I am of “advanced” age (I’m your 50 year old). That was a very pleasant surprise and my family is looking forward to sharing them with me. My husband, who watches what I shell out in race fees with just cause, was especially pleased.
I hope you feel gratified by your event as well you should be. Please pass my words along to your FS Series team.
The race was a blast! The volunteers were so wonderful, the venue was beautiful and I appreciate all your hard work-thank you!
See you soon,
To the FS Series Crew,
I just want to thank you for a great first race experience! You all made it go very smoothly, despite the raging weather. I am still stoked about finishing(and a little stiff). I learned a ton during the race and got even more out of the stats that were posted on line.
Sarah Gardner #64
Great Job on the Race today!
It was a great event and was well organized.
Your volunteers were outstanding and gave plenty of direction and encouragement.
I look forward to future FS events, especially next year’s Challenge.
Thanks for a great event.
Best of luck !
To the FS Series Team,
It was our pleasure to help out, and we had a blast doing it, and cheering on the participants. Our son was in it also. But that was not the point. The point was to cheer all of them on and encourage and help where ever needed. We hope you will call on my husband and myself again next year. We got to meet so many at the parking lot before hand while parking them, then was called back to the pavilion to go on the bike route, but was not needed by the time we got there. So we just helped as the bikers were coming in to tell them to slow down and to help route the runners back in the right section and give them all encouragement as them came in and went out. We loved it. Thank you again.
Antoinette and Greg Walker
Thanks for putting on a great Triathlon this past weekend. We headed down from Vermont to vacation in the Outer Banks (and get away from the snow that never melts), came across the triathlon during our planning stage and it was a great way to end our week stay. You all put a lot of work into setting things up, coordination of a lot of people and then taking it all down again. So thank you for your efforts and hopefully I'll be back!
Thanks for putting on the kid's triathlon yesterday in Nags Head. My
daughters had a ball and want to do more in the sport. Your crew made
for a safe, fun event appropriate for the youngsters. I hope there was
enough interest for you to continue to host this event in years to come.
I would like to give a grand thank you to FS Series for putting on such a great event. I participated in the Triangle Orthopedic Sprint Triathlon and it was a great event to be a part of. You guys were all
over the place asking how people finished with smiling faces a plenty. I have never had preliminary race reports posted so quickly…THAT ROCKS!!! Post-race food was good and plenty. Thanks to you guys for having Whole
Foods as a sponsor, I can’t remember the last time I ate so much peanut butter, bread, and delicious apples, etc. after a race. You guys really did a fantastic job. I am divinely spreading the word and wearing my FS
visor every time that I run. I look forward to racing in more of your events.
Thanks…You guys & gals ROCK
TMS/IOS Team Member
Thanks for another great race on Sunday! Your team did a great job at organizing the race and ensuring that everyone had a great experience. This is my second FSS race and I look forward to participating in future races (hopefully Washington ).
Thanks again for a great day.
Hi FS Series,
I just wanted to say thank you to your wonderful team out at Nelson's Bay. My chip/strap came off in my wet suit removal and I didn't notice it but your crew did on my way out with the bike and said go ahead, don't worry and you know what? When I came back into the transition area before I stepped on the mat, they had found it in my wet suit mess I guess and replaced it on my ankle and I got all my splits! That is what I call a full service race.
As the Mayor of Washington Park, let me say that your efforts to make the inaugural triathlon a success were nothing short of outstanding. We had a number of anxious residents and cautiously optimistic Town Board members; all were impressed and hope to see you again next year.
FS Series / Washington Chamber of Commerce:
I wanted to comment on the race this past weekend and make it a point of saying how wonderful the Washington venue turned out to be. The location and course was perfect. Thankfully, the residents of Washington Park allowed for such an event to take place in their backyards. The event seemed to go off without a hitch thanks to the obvious hardwork from the staff and volunteers. I hope that the Washington Chamber of Comerce and FS Series can continue to work together in order to keep this event in Washington.
A special thanks to the time keepers who were able to keep up with all my times, including splits and transitions, even though my timing chip came off in the water. The staff went out of their way to make sure my times were accurate. Amazing.
Thanks - Eric Burnworth
Just wanted to let you know the triathlon yesterday was the best run event
I have ever done!!!
I competed in the Beaverdam triathlon yesterday and I just wanted to write to say how impressed I was with the event. I have done FS events before and they have always been great. This time, I was running late because I got slightly lost, so I ended up at the race about 15 minutes before start. The staff went out of their way to help me get my packet, my wetsuit and even helped carry my stuff to the transition area. I am so impressed and happy with the FS staff. They made a stressful situation much easier and helped me to have a great race. Thanks again for everything and please pass on my thanks to the volunteers who were at the race!