Update (2/26/15): You can now RaceJoy Enable your race directly from your Race Dashboard. Instructions are here.
We just announced a partnership with RaceJoy to allow any race using RunSignUp to RaceJoy enable their race for free. Adding Runner Tracking is a great benefit to your runners and spectators and will put your race on the cutting edge!
For RunSignUp races, you can now configure this on the dashboard under Race Day Go menu for RaceJoy. You can define a digital map URL, or you can upload an image of the map.
For other registration systems, the way to do this is simply send your course map to us or firstname.lastname@example.org, and then simply promote the RaceJoy app download to runners and spectators. Note it takes two weeks to have Apple clear the addition of a race and payments, so make sure to do this early! Over time, we will develop a simple way to enter your map right on the RunSignUp Race Director dashboard. Here are some more details.
One of the things that makes RaceJoy so powerful is knowing your course map. This way, when GPS position points are taken, they are put onto the map, rather than try to aggregate a whole bunch of points to say where a runner is and how far they have gone. For example your position is taken at the 13.1 mile point and because we match that against the map, we know it is within say a 10-25 meter radius of the real 13.1 mile point. The way a normal GPS watch or training app does it is to collect a series of points and calculate the distance, which is less accurate (the reason why GPS watch runners always tell you your course is long!).
RaceJoy uses two common mapping formats called GPX and KML. These are common formats, and we will be offering a number of tools to convert maps, such as http://www.mikepalumbo.com/MMRConverter/ which converts a MapMyRun course map into GPX format. We will also be offering a mapping tool to let race directors lay out their maps on their RunSignUp Dashboard.
For the near term, you can send your map to RaceJoy and they will set it up for free.
RaceJoy Mobile App
The RaceJoy Mobile App has a lot of nice features for races, runners and spectators. We are focusing initially on the “Killer App” of runner tracking. RaceJoy has developed a PhoneTrak Promotion Toolkit (Powerpoint format so you can easily copy images and links) so your race can promote the use of RaceJoy.
Also, make sure you point runners to the RaceJoy FAQ page (and you might want to read this too!) – http://racejoy.com/faq.html. Also point to (or copy and post on your website) the Self Help at http://racejoy.com/selfhelp.html.
Here is an overview video fast forwarded to the Race Tracking feature:
Note that runners need to turn on Tracking for the race and before and after so people can find them after the race or meet up with friends before the race. Tracking is enabled 30 minutes prior to race time.
Spectators need to follow the first few steps to get the app installed and enabled to track others with the 99 cent fee. In the search screen, only those runners who have signed up to be tracked would display (in future versions, we will show all participants like we do in Find A Runner in RunSignUp so spectators will be able to sign up early before a runner does). The little phone icon on the left of the name shows this runner has enabled tracking for this race.
We are looking forward to your feedback on this great app!