Why RaceJoy?

RaceJoyMany people are asking why we acquired RaceJoy and are integrating them with RunSignUp. The answer is quite simple.

RaceJoy is Cool Technology!

And lots of people are going to use GPS tracking in races in the years to come.

Also, James Harris is a genius who writes great code 🙂

I guess that begs the question of why are people going to use GPS tracking, and what does that mean?

RaceJoy TrackingThere are two aspects of GPS mobile devices that over 30% of runners now carry during races (and more to come).  First is for runner tracking.  The biggest use of this is for spectators on the course to know their favorite runner’s (son/daughter/father/mother/friend) blue dot is getting close to their blue dot so they know when the cheer or where to find each other after the race.  

The second use is to add GPS timing to Gun and Chip Timing.  Each type of timing has a purpose and place (GPS timing will never replace chip timing because it is not accurate enough!).  GPS timing can give instantaneous updates on approximate time (within ~3 seconds) and place by using an innovative new technology being developed by RaceJoy called GPS Timing Points.  With this technology, a race director or timer can mark specific points on their course map that will report GPS time and pace.  For example, even a small 5K can mark their mile points and deliver GPS Progress Alerts with splits and pace to anyone tracking a RaceJoy runner, and (eventually when RD Go is fully integrated) show the GPS mile splits in their results.

These innovations will change what races and timers can deliver to their runners. There will be no cost to the race or timer to add this functionality. All we ask of them is to upload their map, mark their timing points and promote RaceJoy to their runners. Runners and spectators only pay $0.99 per race for GPS tracking and Timing Points.

Author: RunSignUp

RunSignUp is the leading innovator of online tools for race registration, race day solutions, and running clubs. Services include RunSignUp for registration, RunSignUp Go for Race Day, RunSignUp RD Go for Timers, RunSignUp Clubs to enable membership management, and RaceJoy for mobile experiences. More than 10,000 race directors, timers, running club officers and running stores use these services today, including leading organizations like the Boilermaker Road Race, Crim Festival of Races, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., Fifth Third River Bank Run, Blacklight Run, Bubble Run, Night Nation, Mercedes Marathon, Kentucky Derby Festival, Leone Timing, KC Running Company, Compuscore Timing, Knoxville Track Club, Pikes Peak Road Runners, Gulf Coast Runners, Columbus Running Company, Playmakers Running Store and many more. In 2015, over 10,000 races used the system to register more than 2.7 million participants. In 2016 over 14,000 races will use the system to process over 4.3 million paid registrations. Services are free except for processing fees when conducting monetary transactions such as race registration or club membership renewal. RunSignUp is founded by runners for runners, using technical capabilities to bring the power of cloud computing to benefit the running community. For more information, visit www.RunSignUp.com.

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