University of Michigan Runners Embrace RaceJoy!


Race organizers of the Big House 5K: Trail to the Victors at University of Michigan offered RaceJoy’s advanced tracking and cheers as a free service this last weekend. Participants and spectators embraced the technology with more than 500 users on race day!

University-centered races such as this typically have higher usage in RaceJoy. These types of races have a greater proportion of Millennials and tend to show fast adoption of technology and are power users of mobile apps. Another trend: the number of runners carrying their phones while running continues to be on the rise. A 2015 National Runner Survey from Running USA reported that 57% of runners now carry phones while running. Those who downloaded RaceJoy for the Big House 5K were treated to live continuous tracking, GPS-based progress alerts, and cheer sending. We had all types using RaceJoy this last weekend – from six minute mile pace runners to 20 minute mile pace.


The 3rd annual 5K marked the 150th anniversary of intercollegiate sports at Michigan. The race, owned and managed by the University of Michigan Athletic Department in conjunction with the Ann Arbor Track Club, started the race near the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus and finished on the University of Michigan’s football stadium, the Big House. #GoBlue

Check out these runners – notice they have phones!

Participants received progress alerts at every mile, based on the GPS location using their phones. The alerts include information like pace and estimated finish time and the participant can opt to post these alerts to Facebook or Twitter. More than 1,350 alerts were sent!


Thank you, Michigan runners and race organizers for including RaceJoy as part of of your race experience! We hope you had a great race day!

RaceJoy for Races:

RaceJoy’s buyout option is available for any race to offer RaceJoy’s advanced tracking and cheers. You can easily get your race loaded through RaceJoy’s Website or on your race’s RunSignUp dashboard. We require a two-week minimum load time.

With the RaceJoy buyout, the race receives RaceJoy’s advanced tracking and cheers for unlimited participants and spectators as well as:

  • Listing in Featured Races area in RaceJoy for cross promotion
  • Custom, basic race information
  • Logo placements
  • Link to race website
  • Customized banner ads
  • Interactive course map(s)
  • Custom GPS alerts to showcase race/sponsor
  • Countdown/start clock

Races that want to offer RaceJoy are still able to offer the free-to-the-race option in which the participant and spectator pay 99 cents at a given race.

Together, we are changing the race experience!


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

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