Day 1

1We always look forward to Jeff Bezos annual letter for Amazon.

2016 Letter to Shareholders.

As usual, he always attaches this first year letter where he talks about this being Day 1. This year he makes the point that it is still Day 1:

“obsessive customer focus is by far the most protective of Day 1 vitality”

RunSignUp is in our 7th year, but it still feels like Day 1 around here.  There is so much that we can still create for our customers. Even though our focus is much, much tighter than Amazon (we only focus on providing technology to the endurance market), we still have an unlimited number of things we can do to make our customer’s lives better.

This year we are creating a next generation Scoring platform that timers will be able to use for the next decade, and creating an Analytics platform that will drive Race Promotion capabilities for races that have in the past only been in the hands of the most advanced web companies. And next year there will be even more we can do.

As Bezos points out:

“Embrace External Trends – The outside world can push you into Day 2 if you won’t or can’t embrace powerful trends quickly. If you fight them, you’re probably fighting the future. Embrace them and you have a tailwind.”

With technology rapidly evolving, our ability to bring that technology to races and the endurance community will continue to enhance our industry.

And it is only Day 1.

RunSignUp Accepting Applications for the 2017 Community Grant

 Moorestown, NJ – RunSignup is now accepting applications for their 2017
Community Grant Program. The program, now in its second year, awards a $10,000 contribution to endurance-related nonprofit organizations. Organizations can be nominated for the RunSignUp Community Grant here through June 15, 2017. The grant supports charities that promote the endurance industry; for example, youth running programs, training funds for elite runners, or the collection of running attire for runners in developing countries. Requirements for applicants include:

  • Nominated organizations must be a designated a 501 (c)3 Nonprofit organization.
  • Nominated organizations must have an endurance-related central mission.
  • Nominations can be made by anyone – employees, volunteers, or general supporters. However, it must include a contact at the organization for follow-up on any questions the nominating individual cannot answer.
  • An organization can be nominated by more than one person; however, this does not increase the chances of an award for that organization.

The final award decision will be made by the RunSignUp Customer Advisory Board in mid-July, just prior to the 4th Annual RunSignUp Race Director/Timer Symposium.

The full contribution can be made to a single nonprofit or divided among several; in 2016, the awardees were Ainsley’s Angels ($1,000), Back on My Feet ($1,000), Students Run Philly Style ($2,000), Healthy Kids Running Series ($3,000), and Wings of America ($3,000). More information and the application for the Community Grant can be found here:


About RunSignUp

RunSignUp is the leading innovator of online tools for race registration, race day solutions, and running clubs. Services include RunSignUp for registration, fundraising, and race promotion, RunSignUp Go for RaceDay, 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, Komen Race for the Cure Philadelphia, 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 2016, over 14,000 races used the system to register more than 4.2 million participants. 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