Importing Participants from another Registration System

We just had another race director switch from a different registration system!  She already had some registrants in her old system.  With the Import capability of RunSignUp she can easily import those participants.

There is the added benefit of now being able to use the free iContact capability to easily email all of her participants.

Here is a video that shows how easy it is to import the participants:

New User Interface!

The goal of the new user interface is to provide a great experience for the runners who are signing up for your race.  We have tried to streamline the process, yet give you all the options you love with teams, donations, fundraisers, custom questions, multiple participant sign up, etc.

We also have a number of new features including improved financial reporting, ability to enter donations manually (for example you can enter checks you receive), and new social networking share buttons.

Thanks to everyone for their great feedback and testing over the past several weeks as we have refined the system.  You have made this the easiest and best looking race registration system available in the market – your friends who use Active.com will be so jealous!

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

We went to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi this past weekend.  It is a great documentary movie about Jiro Ono:

“JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review.”

While sitting in the movie theatre, I kept thinking about RunSignUp.  How our ambitions were similar to Jiro’s.  Focus on one thing and do it really well.  Make improvements each and every day.  The focus is on doing the right thing – not the money.

It also struck me that many runners have a similar set of traits.  Going out each day rain, shine or snow.  Getting just a bit better.  RUnning a race and getting step closer to the goal with each step.

I turned 55 this past weekend and hope to have the energy for RunSignUp when I am 85 like Jiro!

Getting Runners to your Race – Email How To’s

One of the most simple ways to get runners to your race is to invite them via Email!  While RunSignUp will never email runners, we think this is a very effective tool for race directors.  And we’ve made it simple and free when you use RunSignUp by tightly integrating with iContact.

You can see more about how to use iContact from RunSignUp in this video.

But what if this is your first year of using RunSignUp?  Simple.  You can upload the participants from last year’s race from your previous registration system like Active.com.  Simply download the participants and then upload them to iContact as shown in the video below.

Want to be more aggressive and look for new runners?  Check out email lists that you could buy from Runners World.

Here is a video on how to upload those email addresses:

New User Interface Beta Test

We are getting ready to release a new User Interface that runners will see on RunSignUp.

The new website can be viewed in test mode at https://test3.runsignup.com/

Our objective is to have a clean design that is appealing to runners and is easy to use and as streamlined as possible.

You can see an example of the new Race Information page on the right.  Note that if you embed our widget on your own website and have customized the widget, you will need to regenerate the widget code with the new parameters.  Note also this does not impact the UI for mobile phones, but iPad and tablet users will see this new UI.

We would like your help in testing it out!  The top 10 race directors or timers who give us substantive feedback will receive a RunSignUp Shirt as a Thank You.  So when you send your comments back to us, include a t-shirt size.

Send feedback to info@RunSignUp.com.

Take a look at a short video introduction:

Road Race Place – a new Partner!

We are happy to welcome Road Race Place as a new partner!  They join RunningintheUSA.com as a partner that takes advantage of our Affiliate Program.  This provides their websites a way to query our list of races and automatically list all of our races on their websites!  Magic…

This is great for Race directors who use RunSignUp since they get more visibility from more places automatically.  And it is great for runners – providing them an easy way to find races that match their location and distance preferences.