Toledo Likes Technology: Glass City Marathon Takes Full Advantage of RaceJoy!

GCM_PhoneThis weekend we had amazing usage at the Glass City Marathon in Toledo, Ohio. Race director, Clint McCormick, was one of the first to offer RaceJoy in last year’s 2014 Glass City Marathon race event. Race participants and spectators, once again, showed a huge adoption of technology, with more than 6,000 people using RaceJoy to add to their race experience.

More than 2,000 cheers were sent to participants from supporting friends and family, and 425 phones were tracked live on the course using RaceJoy’s GPS phone tracking technology.

During the race, RaceJoy issued 62,000 timed progress alerts based on the person’s bib tag crossing timing points on the course. Gault Timing provided timing services for the race and implemented the RunScore continuous streaming of scored results. Scored results were delivered in real-time through RaceJoy.

The response from participants and spectators was one of a delighted surprise with comments like:

“I knew my results at the finish line. It was amazing.”

This integration with the race timing feature is one we will be implementing with RunSignUp’s platform as an option for races to deliver notifications through RaceJoy. We also currently issue text notifications through RunSignUp’s Race Director Go platform.

GCMProgAlertPeople took advantage of RaceJoy’s progress alert replay feature where you can look up a participant at any time to see their history – when they crossed the timing points on the course. You do not have to setup to track a participant prior to them reaching a timing location for this. This feature is also available with RaceJoy’s GPS-based progress alerts.

Toledo race participants showed their adoption of social media by posting these progress alerts to their Facebook and Twitter walls. There were 900 postings on Facebook and 300 on Twitter – which was the highest social media posting usage yet in RaceJoy.

It was a great weekend with Toledo residents and we enjoyed their mid-western warmth and sense of humor.

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If you are a race organizer and would like to get your race added to RaceJoy, simply enable RaceJoy in the RunSignUp GO platform and provide your course map electronically (KML, GPX or link to map). You can also email this to addrace@racejoy.com. We require a minimum of two weeks to load and will send you notice and promotion toolkit once it is active. This is free to the event and the participant and spectator pay a 99 cents per race upgrade fee. Buyout options are available for race organizers to offer RaceJoy for free. For more information on this, please view our PhoneTrak Pricing Flyer.

PhoneTrakPhoneRaceJoy key features:

Live phone tracking

Audio cheer sending

Near Me Proximity alerts

MeetUp mapping feature

Now Available! GPS Progress Alerts

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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