This is the Good Stuff

I’ve been involved in events, in one way or the other, for more than 40 years. If there’s a small, dusty corner of the business I’ve missed (including hanging banners in the rain at three in the morning) I can’t imagine what it might be.

What that means for you, our race director clients, is that the team here at MPA sees things from a unique perspective: yours. We know from long experience about deadlines and budgets and last-minute sponsors, plus all those small but important details that drive you nuts as race day approaches.

If you’re anything like me, you want stuff that works. You want stuff that you can set up and break down without having an advanced degree in engineering. You need stuff that’s reasonably priced, but not if that means cheap crap that lasts for a race or two before ending up in the trash.

The products we’ve presented on the following pages represent what I think of as a basic race director’s tool kit — items I’ve found over the years to be useful, even essential, yet sometimes hard to find. Where else, for instance, are you going to locate a portable 10-foot-long photo backdrop that will stay upright in heavy weather? Or a 50’ roll of printed fencing that you can hold in the palm of your hand?

This isn’t all we do, of course. Not by a long shot. But as far as race directors are concerned, this is the good stuff — my own personal bag of tricks. I hope there’s something here you can use.

Mike Plant

Event Signage

Event Fencing — Mesh Fabric

This is simply the best printed event fencing out there. Incredibly light, easy to use, beautiful to look at. Dye-sublimated 4-color print is standard. In fact, that’s all there is. Finished with hems and grommets, ready to er… roll

Standard is 50’ x 40” (15m x 1m). Custom lengths and heights are available.

10 x 10 Digital Print Canopy Set

Full digital print weather-resistant 600-denier top with a lightweight hex-profile aluminum frame. Price includes roller bag. This is a solid, practical, super-attractive and cost-effective event tool.

Accessories include digital print walls and rail skirts.

For larger tents, be sure to give us a call.


Flags is flags is flags. Or not, as the case may be. We prefer fiberglass poles, which tend to hold up better in the wind, and our flags are always double-sided, with a light-blocking layer in between. There are lots of ways to make flags cheaper, but if they don’t work, what’s the point?

Jersey Mesh Barricade Covers

Make those barricades your own! Fitted covers are manufactured from the same material as our popular jersey mesh fencing. Custom fit to your specifications, 7’ cover weighs approximately 22 oz.

Price for 87” x 33” fitted cover is $49.90 each.  Minimum order 10 at this price.

Finish Line Tape

Such a simple thing, but a good-looking finish line tape can make all the difference. Consider: all your hard work comes down to the money shot at the end. One athlete, one finish line tape. Are you really gonna scrimp on something so small yet so important? MPA finish tapes are printed double-sided on 7-oz blockout vinyl and trimmed to size without hems for the cleanest possible look.

We’ve listed common sizes, but we can produce tapes of any length and height. Longer tapes are best if you don’t want the holders in the shot. Use short tapes to make sure sponsors and VIPs share the limelight. If you prefer a Velcro break, add $8.50 to the prices below. 

Collapsible Aluminum Directional Towers

This is a flexible, portable, all-weather solution that includes a collapsible aluminum frame that will last for years, and good-looking, easy-to-change-out digitally printed 10mm Coroplast boards. Possible configurations abound. Options include four-sided and three-sided tower sections.

We can do all sorts of things with this hardware – even turn them into visually striking, rapid up-and-down start/finish towers. Aside from its size and visual impact, an important feature of this product is how easy it is to set up, tear down and store.

“Standard” Tower 4’ x 4’ x 12’ w/printed 10mm Coro boards and base plates

Free-Standing Outdoor Walls

This system uses a collapsible, modular extruded aluminum frame, and will accommodate either hard boards or vinyl banners. Built for outdoor use in difficult weather. Four-foot sections can be joined together for longer displays. Ballast on-site with sandbags.



Marathon Pacer Sign

Simple, professional-looking and effective. Signs are 10″ x 8.5″ double-sided digital print 10mm Coroplast board, with 36” x 3/8” dowel. Minimum order is 10 units at this price.

Price includes sign and pole.

Truss Cover Mile Markers and Way-Finding

You rent the hardware locally, we supply the digital print mesh cover. Lightweight, minimal wrinkling, stupid-easy to use. Cover slips right over the top of the truss. No Velcro or zip ties required. Custom fit to any size truss tower.

Coroplast A-Frame

Here’s proof that simple is sometimes better. Coro A-frames are great for sponsor activation as well as small-scale wayfinding. Standard is 23”W x 36”H with print on both sides. Base forms with overlapping flaps w/Velcro tabs. One-piece design ships and stores flat. Minimum order is 2 units at this price. Larger size (36″W x 30″H) is $75.50

(Velcro arrows are additional)

Official Vehicle Decal Sets

We used to use magnets (which we still provide) until one of our large event clients grew concerned about security. Magnets, after all, are easy to steal and slap onto an unauthorized vehicle. So we came up with a self-installable decal package — one large one (18″ x 18″) for the door, one small round one (6″) for the inside of the windshield. Both are easily removable without leaving adhesive residue, but not so easily as to make them casually reusable. They also stick to non-metallic surfaces, and can be used in custom configurations on non-traditional vehicles. Minimum quantity six sets of two decals at this price.

Inflatable Arch

We’ve tried hard to source less-expensive inflatable arches, both domestically and overseas. Found plenty of ’em. The problem is, we’ve been unable to reproduce the quality of the work coming out of our partner facility in Southern California. And with this product, quality counts for a lot. Where most manufacturers use 7 or 8-oz material, we use tough, FR-rated 15-oz vinyl. Sewing is top-notch, zippers are of the highest quality. You will get years and years of use out of this product — and if anything goes wrong we can make repairs quickly, right here in the U.S.

Ours are the best, longest-lasting arches in the industry, period. We’re proud to sell them. You will be proud to own them.

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