Setting Up An Extreme Sports Venue

When you decide to set up a venue for an upcoming extreme sports event, there are a vast amount of decisions that you’ll have to take into consideration during your planning process. For starters, selecting an appropriate venue is more than likely the one major decision that will affect the rest of your event planning. It’s absolutely vital that you do your proper research and planning beforehand to ensure that the entire event planning and preparation process goes as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. There are many different steps you need to take prior to booking a venue, and a few factors to take into thought as well, such as:

  • The date for the event – this can be a major factor in determining your venue. It may be booked months in advance, so it’s important to set a date plenty of time in advance to accommodate any venue reservations.
  • Your budget – another extremely important variable, your budget will be a large focus for the venue itself. If you are looking for a huge, open-aired venue, it may be a little more affordable than looking to rent out a similar, indoor venue. If you’ll be hosting a dirt-bike competition, than your needs will obviously be a little different than if you were hosting a cliff diving event.
  • Number of participants – this is the last of the top 3 most important factors for choosing a venue. Some venues have very small occupancy limits, while others may have way larger limits. Based on the city, the building, and the fire codes, you may need to plan accordingly based on how many attendees you have coming to the event.

There are a variety of helpful resources to get you started on finding the perfect venue for your event, and they begin with the local government in the area you are looking to have your event. Many times, you can contact a local government branch, such as the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, to ask them about any potential venue spaces for your event that would be perfect for all of your various needs. There are also many online websites that are specifically designed for finding event venues and helping book them, so be sure to check out some different companies such as Peerspace to help you decide.

After you’ve picked and decided on a venue, and as time comes closer to the event, the set up process begins! This is where the fun (and potential headaches) will generally arise. It’s important to take the necessary steps before the event so that you are prepared for any sort of circumstance that may arise. This means procuring port-a-potties, reserving food and beverage trucks, and setting up trash cans and “convenience stations” around the venue. In many cases, if your event is outdoors, you may want to allow pets to join their owners for a fun outing. This brings up another slew of issues, primarily with how to handle pet waste and removing any dog poop from the area. One of the most important things that attendees of an event appreciate is a clean, healthy community environment. This means if you plan on allowing pets, you should look to purchase or rent a few pet waste stations and spread those out throughout the venue space. There are many companies that specialize in pet waste stations and pet waste removal, so take the time to pick one that best suits your needs.

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How To Remove Stains From Athletic Gear

When you are a tough performer, constantly getting into the down and dirty in your sport, things tend to get a little dirty. Mud, dirt, blood, grime, and sweat all build up over time on your athletic equipment, and without proper care and maintenance, they can end up absolutely disgusting, and potentially unhealthy. Many times, it can be common for poorly maintained athletic equipment to be a major contributor to infections and illnesses spreading around schools and teams. For taking care of athletic gear, it’s important that you follow the right steps to ensure that the item is not only cleaned, but disinfected as well to prevent any possible contamination.

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Here are some of the top items from fitness and athletic sports that are tough to clean and take care of:

1. Weight-lifting Equipment

These can be somewhat of a pain to clean and disinfect, depending on the size, shape, and weight of the object. When you want to clean and take care of these items, sticking to the basics can be the best option. Choose a mild dish soap, such as Dawn or Dial brand, and dilute it with a mixture of water and white vinegar. Be sure not to use apple cider vinegar, because the coloring in this can cause even more issues potentially! This solution is great for wiping down dumbbells, kettlebells, and all types of weight equipment. It may be easier to go out and purchase a store-bought product, but more often than not, these include harsh chemicals and cleaners such as alcohol or ammonia or bleach. These can melt the plastic on the equipment and the various coatings that may be on them as well.

2. Yoga Mats, Exercise Pads, Foam Rollers

These can be tricky, because they are meant to absorb moisture and sweat while you are performing your exercise. This can lead to not only sweat and grime building up, but the oils in your skin transferring to the object over time as well. If you think the yoga mat is beyond a simple hand-clean, it is more often than not okay to put it directly in to your washing machine, on the most delicate setting with a very small amount of soap. You can then hand-dry it outside. If you happen to get a major stain on one of your favorite yoga mats or exercise pads, and hand-washing doesn’t work, give a call to one of your local carpet cleaning companies, such as BnK Chem-Dry, to see what they would recommend and if they decide that a professional clean or a new mat would be in order.

3. Exercise Equipment Bags

Another hard to clean item are the duffel bags and backpacks that you bring with you to the gym and to workout. One of the simplest ways to help prevent a overall buildup of smells and mildew-conditions is to keep all of your dirty gym clothes, towels, and shoes in a separate plastic bag, wrapped up, inside the actual gym bag. You can also then take a dryer sheet that smells good and place that inside the plastic bag, which will make everything smell pleasant. It’s important not to forget your clothes inside your bag as well when you get home, leaving old, dirty gym clothes in a contained space can be a major headache!

4. Athletic Shoes

One of the hardest, and easily the stinkiest things to clean from an athletic point of view are shoes. Constantly being worn, sweated in, stepped in mud, and everything else, shoes can easily maintain and keep a lingering odor for a long time. Ensuring that you allow them to air out in between wears and if need be, putting them in the washer or hand-washing them with a light soap solution can be the best bet. In some cases, individuals will purchase a small pack of shoe-smell removers, to help keep their sneakers smelling pleasant and fresh. These should also go into a plastic bag inside of your gym bag, if you store them inside there.