The Queen Bee Half Marathon, a women’s half marathon located in Cincinnati, Ohio, offered two ways to track runners at their race this weekend, including official race-timed alerts in their mobile app and GPS live tracking with progress alerts in RaceJoy’s mobile app. Race organizers are the same organizers of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and are known to be trail blazers in providing innovative race experiences.
The Queen Bee Half Marathon has a dedicated race app for users to find helpful information about the race and official race-timed progress and results data. Supporting spectators received SMS text alerts when their runners reached the halfway and finish of the Half Marathon. This was based on the runner’s bib/chip crossing timing equipment on the course points.
Race organizers also provided RaceJoy’s GPS phone tracking and cheers as a free service for participants and supporting spectators. 600 race participants chose to run with their phone using RaceJoy so that they could be live tracked on race day. Each runner/walker received GPS progress alerts at every mile on the course, with a total of 15 alerts sent out per participant (includes start and finish). RaceJoy issued 15,500 GPS progress alerts at the Queen Bee Half Marathon that included unofficial GPS performance time, including pace and estimated finish time. We had reports from users that their GPS time was within 30 seconds of their official timing scored result.
Supporting spectators onsite and from the convenience of their home also received these GPS alerts and were able to watch the runners move along the course in a map view and knew exactly where their runner was while the race was on. Friends and family members sent out close to 2,100 motivational cheers to runners and walkers in RaceJoy. Now that is showing some serious support!
The Queen Bee Half Marathon race organizers offered RaceJoy’s technology as a free service to all participants and supporting friends and family. Typically, there is a 99 cents per race upgrade fee for these features. Clearly, participants and their supporting spectators were making full use of this extra service with close to 1,600 people signing in to use RaceJoy for the race.
Special thank you to the Queen Bee Half Marathon organizers, participants and supporting family and friends for embracing RaceJoy! We hope you enjoyed using RaceJoy as much as we enjoyed tracking and cheering you on!
Queen Bee Half Marathon is a women’s half marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio with a mission to promote the fun of fitness while raising support and funds for local charities that focus on women. Next years’ race is scheduled for October 8, 2016: http://queenbeehalf.com. Also, a must for your bucket list is the Flying Pig Marathon to be held April 29- May 1, 2016: http://flyingpigmarathon.com.
If you’d like to have your race loaded into RaceJoy, you can send your course map in electronic format (KML, GPX or link to MapMyRun map) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Buyout options are available.