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Who organizes rallies?

Rallies are organized by a group of local volunteers. They aren't organized by NASA Rally Sport, they are sanctioned by NRS. As in, NRS approves of the events. Oversees them, if you will.

Even "a group of local volunteers" has a pretty wide variability. In rally, distance are typically far, so "local" means that the people who organize the event typically live somewhere between two and eight hours drive away from the event. Very few rallies in the country are in a situation where the core organizing people actually live in the city where the rally happens.

When it comes to "a group", that's variable too. A few rallies are dominated by one person who makes everything happen, and the remainder of the crew pretty much shows up for the race. Then you have some rallies where there's a duo who put in most of the blood and sweat. Another option is the "small committee" style where half a dozen people are taking responsibility for different areas. Perhaps one for the permits, one for the route book, one for the web site, one for the volunteers, one for the registration and bookkeeping, one for the facilities reservations, one for food and awards. Then you have the "large committee" style, where a dozen to twenty people might be on the committee, where other positions have been elevated to "committee level", for example, like the person in charge of the service area.

While it would be natural to assume that larger rallies have the larger committees, this isn't necessarily the case. Some of the large events are organized by duos.

And even "volunteers" has some variability. Most rallies are officially put on by some kind of legal organization that isn't an individual. This makes the most sense from a business standpoint: funds need to be taken in and insurance carried and so on. Some of these are existing "car club" type groups that have other functions besides the rally. Some are corporations set up just for that particular event. Some are set up as non-profit, some are set up as for-profit. Non-profit carries with it a lot more paperwork and documentation work that, again, no one is actually getting paid to do. And since most events generally run at or near break even, the difference in tax is so small it's not worth the extra effort. So it may look like you're dealing with a big corporation when you write your entry check out to "Big Rally Name, Incorporated" but that is just the legal entity. Just because it's a corporation doesn't mean there are actual employees, it's entirely possible to have a corporation with zero people on the payroll.

And who are these organizers? Some are former racers. Some are current racers. Some are fans who love the sport and have never raced.

You might be the next organizer in your area!