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I like wearing my "measuring vest" when I am measuring a course. It's an orange one that a bunch of us received in (1983 or so?), and it has pockets for notebook, calculator, maps, etc. But it's falling apart now, and my mom is making me a new one.
Here's my question: what words, if any, should go on the back of the vest? I think there ought to be some way to let folks know what's going on or maybe why I'm out there. But space is limited! I welcome any ideas.
Bob Thurston
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I have a bright neon green shirt from the Pittsburgh Men's OT Marathon validation ride that has "COURSE MEASUREMENT TEAM" in big letters on the back. I've occasionally worn it for rides in busy traffic areas.

Leslie Jordan used to make an inexpensive microfiber vest in bright neon yellow. I'll check to see if they're still available and what they cost. If so, I'd be glad to print "COURSE MEASURER/MEASUREMENT" on the back for free and sell the vests at cost to whoever wanted one. Perhaps a USATF logo above the words might add some prestige/clout.
I mentioned my solution a couple of years ago. I reversed a race tee-shirt and applied, the largest iron-on letters I could fit on the back, stating: "RACE MSR'G" with "THX" centered below. Use the largest letters possible to enhance the distance of readability.

I feel that when I wear it, the threat from the rear has been noticeably eased and drivers better understand why I'm riding so crazily.

I found the iron-on letters at a craft type store.
To Dave: thanks for repeating that one. I remember reading it before but I couldn't remember the abbreviation. I think the cars are all slowing down so they can puzzle out what the heck that means!
To Pete: With that outfit, you must feel almost as secure as I did when I was in Asia, with a phalanx of armed motorcycle cops protecting me on all sides.
The only downside of looking too official is that you get even more questions from motorists. About a year ago I dragged my wife down near the Capital to lay out a turnaround circle. About every 15 seconds a car would pull up and ask for directions or if they were allowed to park there! It took us an extra long time to get that circle marked. I was wearing my "Race Official" jacket from the Marine Corps Marathon.

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