Participants Respond to RaceJoy at HAP Crim Festival of Races!

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Every August, the City of Flint comes to life as thousands of runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts take part in the HAP Crim Festival of Races. A weekend-long celebration, the courses take racers through some of Flint’s most beautiful neighborhoods and challenging hills, with legendary entertainment and encouraging spectators all along the way.

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The race organizers of the Crim Festival of Races rolled out the red carpet in its offerings, including the biggest celebration of the year with music, dancing, food and fun. This year participants and supporting family and friends were treated to RaceJoy’s race day app courtesy of Walmart.

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The festival offers a 10-mile, 8K, 5K and 1-mile option for runners and walkers and a 10-mile bike event. Close to 10,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Saturday. Participants and spectators made full use of RaceJoy for tracking along the course and cheer sending.

Listen to one of the top cheers sent at Crim Festival of Races:

We thought we’d let the participants tell you what their experience was using RaceJoy at the Crim Festival of Races:

Thank you for providing this service! My husband who isn’t able to attend races with me was so excited to be able to follow my event! He even called my sister to tell her when to expect me at the finish as I crossed the 9-mile mark lol.

Thank you again and we look forward to using this app and service again. 😊 

– Beverly K.

The RaceJoy app was AMAZING!!! It kept me on pace and it made it seem like I had a personal coach with me the entire race. It was also so much fun to have my daughter track me from Chicago and send me lots of inspirational messages and cheers. Thank you for helping me achieve my 10-mile PR at age 51.

– Deborah G.

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I used your app for the Crim yesterday, and was pleasantly surprised. Easy to use and I LOVED the mile marker updates. They really helped to ensure I was on pace. Will use again!

–  Lori D.

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What a weekend! The Crim was my first experience using RaceJoy, and I loved it! It was so fantastic “starting the race” then just going out and doing my thing. Several from our Playmaker’s group had PR’s. I received cheers in the app throughout the race, and that was very cool as well. The mile progress rates were really neat! It was nice to see the projection of where I would finish.  

Thank you RaceJoy for this tremendous app. I highly recommend it to all my fellow racers.

Archie H.

Through the app, supporting family and friends could track up to 50 participants live as they moved along the official course map. Close to 20,000 progress alerts were issued providing real-time updates on participants’ progress on the course.

Click to Watch RaceJoy’s Live Tracking:

Thanks to all of you for your supportive emails and app reviews. We love that you loved RaceJoy! And special thanks to race organizers and Walmart for bringing the RaceJoy experience to the HAP CRIM Festival of Races!

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Interested in Offering RaceJoy?

Check out our website or your RunSignUp dashboard for more information and to RaceJoy Ready your event. Or contact us at info@racejoy.com to request information or a product demo.

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Race Analytics Dashboard

The Race Analytics Dashboard has released a flurry of new capabilities to help races understand their promotion, demographics, registrations and transactions better. (You may also have noted the nice progress on the overall User Experience of the race dashboard with the new fresh colors.) There are now more than 15 graphs giving you a quick snapshot of al of the important parts of your race. The main dashboard now gives you 4 main options:

  • Overview
  • Transactions
  • Demographics
  • Registrations

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The Overview page today shows a quick view of Pageviews on your race website and registrations. There is drill down today on web sources for page views by clicking on the green line. This page will expand significantly over the coming weeks to show more source information along with registration and transaction impact of those sources (like email, referrals, Facebook ads, etc.)

The Transactions pages show drill down and Year over Year reports for the total Transactions processed:

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The Demographics graphs show Registrations by:

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The heatmap allows you to drill down and see individual zipcode counts:

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Registrations show the following drill-down graphical reports:

  • Giveaways
  • Question Responses
  • Registration periods
  • Revenue by Event
  • Imported Registrations
  • Day of Week
  • Time of Day

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The combination of the RunSignUp Analytics Engine and our expanded team working on User Experience is bringing new ways for races to understand your customers better.

Introducing RaceJoy’s Real –Time Progress Board Monitoring!

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RaceJoy introduces a real-time progress board as part of its Race Day Monitoring System, continuing to provide the new technology breakthroughs for race organizers. Race organizers and timers can now use RaceJoy to monitor the progress of individuals and relay teams as they complete milestones or exchange points on the course in a grid view. Races can also use this to project a leader board to a large screen at the race site to showcase participants using RaceJoy’s live tracking.

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Recently, the Peak to Brew Relay, the Northeast’s longest most scenic overnight team relay race at 220+ miles, used RaceJoy’s new progress board to monitor the progress of relay teams as shown above. This is especially helpful to see which teams have completed segments along the course.  RaceJoy’s progress board can be filtered and sorted to focus in on specific milestones on the course. It can also be exported into an Excel spreadsheet for further analysis of the data.

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To use the progress board, go to your race monitoring page from your RaceJoy access page, select Course Actions, then Progress Board.

Play to see how to view your leaderboard and export the data:

The progress board is one of many features RaceJoy offers events to help manage race day. Another recently introduced feature RaceJoy offers is the ability to issue off-course alerts to participants in audio format. This feature is especially helpful for trail races and ultra-distance races and relays. The Peak to Brew Relay activated this feature and it was especially helpful for participants during this challenging course and helped keep participants on course as shown below.

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Interested in offering RaceJoy? Contact us at info@racejoy.com. Check out our website or go to your RunSignUp dashboard to enable. Please note that we require a minimum two-week lead time prior to the event and an official, electronic version of the course (KML/GPX file preferred).

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Dashboard Graphs Secure Access

The front Dashboard will become much more powerful in the coming weeks with over a dozen different graphical reports being added. To prepare for this, we have added specific access management for just the Dashboard. To invite others to get access to dashboard graphs, click on the lock in the upper right corner:
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This will show a list of people with access and a button to add people:
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This brings up a page that allows you to turn on access to groups of pages or specific pages:

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Users who do not have access to a page also have a way to ask for permission to access that page that is sent to the race director(s).

Partner Website Image URL Enables New Display Options

The Philadelphia Marathon is using RunSignUp Sites to drive their dynamic website. We recently created a new feature that allowed them to put nice graphics to highlight new interactive map storyboards (really cool – check them out) on their front page (highlighted by the red box in this screen shot):

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To do this, simply create a content section, upload an image and set the URL:

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Darren Delivers in Week 1 – Improved Sponsor Display in Footer

Darren joined us our User Experience team on Monday, and he released an improvement on Thursday!  While it was a simple change, he got thru the gauntlet of setting up his development environment, Github access, understanding how we do branches and merges, our page structure, our CSS structures, how we do code reviews and process changes.  Pretty good!

The new change helped improve how sponsor logos are displayed if located on the footer. The changes included the sizing, creating common layouts, centering, and how links are displayed with subtle image fades. It looks slick!

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Darren will be delivering a lot more beautiful and powerful user experiences in the years to come!

2017 RunSignUp Symposium Presentation Videos

We’ve been busy editing and collating the videos from this year’s RunSignUp Symposium…and while the collection is not yet complete, we wanted to share the ones that are ready!

You can find links for all completed presentation videos here: http://resources.runsignup.com/2017symposiumpresentations/

Links for individual presentations are below.

Customer/Industry Presentations

Supercharging your Sponsor Program, with Peter Abraham

Driving Registrations with Referrals and Social Media Marketing, with Erik Young

Using your Database to Enhance the Experience for Runners and Race Directors, with Healthy Kids Running Series

Motivating and Engaging Fundraisers, with Kathy Wise

Delivering a Race that is Flexible and Enjoyable for Runners, with Cherie Santiago

Course Creation, with Ted Metellus

Equipment Management & Logistics, with Ryan Griessmeyer

Working with Races as a Third Party, with Crisp McDonald

RunSignUp Tutorials & Presentations

RunSignUp Intro and Overview, with Bob Bickel

Quick Hits for Advanced Users, with Bryan Jenkins

RunSignUp 101, with Lauren Bergren & Herman Kinard

Stay tuned for more videos!