Welcome to Mark Stein Emcee
Who is Emcee Mark Stein?
Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mark now lives just outside Halifax, in Bedford. He has been in business all his life and has been an avid runner, cyclist, backpacker, kayaker, nature photographer and public speaker since 1985. As far as running goes, he has accomplished some pretty respectable race times for himself having competed in 100’s of events (including having completed the Boston Marathon):
- 5k in 19:21
- 10k in 42:10
- 8 miler in 56:03
- Half marathon 1:30:22
- Marathon 3:35:51
Mark understands what is involved in putting on an event as he has been an event organizer himself over the years including organizing for the CIBC Run For The Cure, the Back To Basics 8 Miler, the Rum Runners Relay, the Cabot Trail Relay and the Valley Harvest Marathon.
Most race directors Mark has worked for know that if he is on site, the start and finish areas are good to go. If the event is chip-timed, Mark works closely with the timers and ensures the start of an event is done properly, participants are well informed, sponsors are thanked and the event starts on time!
Canadian Running Magazine’s interview
Mark Stein, with a voice familiar to many, always seems to have been at Nova Scotia running events. He’s a single dad, a real estate broker and well known as a runner with the microphone. He lists his passions as running, cycling, kayaking and backpacking but another should be public speaking – he does that well.
"Being a runner myself, I know how hard we all work while racing,” he says. “I have been told that when I start my music and start talking, I turn a race into an event."
Mark continues to run and emcee and has expanded his race talk to New Brunswick and even to multi sport events. I asked Mark a few questions about his work.
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Why Mark as your announcer?
Every sporting event benefits from a professional announcer who encourages and informs the athletes as well as the spectators, including providing music that motivates. It turns a race into an ‘event’! It goes from quiet to lively! As a professional announcer, I know sport and I have the ability and knowledge to provide energetic and informative commentary for running, duathlon, triathlon and cycling events and also banquets, award ceremonies, and other celebrations.
I am self-sufficient when I arrive at an event – bringing with me full sound systems suitable for events from 100 to 3500 participants. My music mixes keep everyone energized and as a professional Emcee I know how to “call” an event and keep people engaged. I carry a two million dollar liability insurance policy at events and I am fully licensed to broadcast music in a public venue.
A professional announcer has a certain sound in their voice that is appealing and clear. They know not to yell into a microphone but they know how to project their voice. They know how to sound fresh and professional not just at the beginning of an event, but after hours and hours of communicating. A professional sport event announcer has the ability to make each finisher, whether they come in first place or come in last, feel that they are indeed special and congratulates them in an effective, positive and professional manner. This is what makes a huge difference at successful events. Mark Stein has honed his skills and has the talents to inform, entertain, and engage everyone at an event and enhance the experience for all.
What are the fees?
Fees range from event to event and depend on many factors including:
- Distance from Bedford
- Number of event participants (relates to amount of equipment required)
- Event length (number of hours required at an event)
- For example, fees for local events (within 30 minutes of Bedford ) can start as low as $199. (no tax)
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What has been said?
“Before I get to the finish line you can hear Mark announce my name ... pretty exciting for my first marathon!”
“You are amazing at what you do!”
“For me, hearing Mark's voice as I approach the finish line helps me know I'm going to make it.”
“This guy has been the driving force that gives me the burst to the finish line!”
“You leave no one out; from the first place finisher, to everyone, you are encouraging to everyone!”
“His voice and him calling out my name at the finish line makes me feel like a million bucks!”