Passaic Valley 5K on TV!

One of the races that uses RunSignUp, the Passaic Valley 5K, is being highlighted on Running HD on the YES Network (the network that carries the Yankees and other sports teams).  They gave a nice shout-out to RunSignUp!  Here is the video:

Highlights of the December 2012 episode can be seen at: http://youtu.be/me7BvjCCZDo

YES Airtimes:

Dec 1, Sat, 6:00am Dec 16, Sun, 6:30am
Dec 1, Sat, noon Dec 16, Sun, 11:30pm
Dec 2, Sun, 6:30am Dec 17, Mon, 8:00am
Dec 3, Mon, 8:00am Dec 19, Wed, 8:30am
Dec 5, Wed, 7:30am Dec 19, Wed, 7:00pm   YES National
Dec 8, Sat, 6:00am Dec 20, Thurs, 11:30am
Dec 8, Sat, noon Dec 22, Sat, 1:00am
Dec 9, Sun, 6:30am Dec 22, Sat, 6:00am
Dec 10, Mon, 8:00am Dec 22, Sat, noon
Dec 12, Wed, 11:30am Dec 23, Sun, 6:30am
Dec 13, Thurs, 12:30am Dec 23, Sun, 3:00pm  YES National
Dec 15, Sat, 6:00am Dec 23, Sun, 11:00pm
Dec 15, Sat, noon Additional Airs not yet scheduled
Dec 15, Sat, 8:00pm   YES National

Amazon Cloud Conference

photodownloadI just came back from the Amazon Cloud Conference.  I am more convinced than ever that we made the right decision a year ago to move to the Cloud.  Amazon now has hundreds of thousands of businesses from 190 countries now using their infrastructure.  Every day they add more compute power than what Amazon needed in total in 2003 when they were a $5B company.  Their S3 storage cloud (where we keep all of our static content like images, PDF’s, our html, etc.) now stores over 1 Trillion objects.  It seems clear they will eclipse the old hardware vendors in terms of annual compute power generated in the next few years.

We are nearing the end of our scalability project where we will achieve our goal of 50,000 registrations in 10 minutes, with all users having a pleasant user experience.  We will be issuing a white paper on all of the details can be seen by others – even other registration companies.  This has been a major effort for our company that is far beyond any other registration company.  Our motivation was as runners who were frustrated with the terrible user experience of signing up for races or looking at results in large races.

One of the many things I learned at the conference was the value of working on the “outliers”.  By meeting the needs of a few very large races, we are actually making the system better for even the 50 person race.  Runners can register more quickly and the overall system is far more resilient and will deliver a better experience for everyone.  While this is all a bit techie, the result is simplicity and speed and reliability for runners, race directors and timers.  You simply can’t get anything better!

Webinar – New Race Director UI

We have some exciting changes that will make RunSignUp easier and more powerful for our Race Directors and Timers! We are getting ready to roll out a new User Interface for you to use.

We are holding a Webinar on Monday 11/19 at 7PM Eastern where we will preview the changes and explain the roll out schedule. We will also open the floor to answer any questions you might have on any topic!

Register now by clicking here

If you are adventurous, you can see early releases of the new UI by going to test2.RunSignUp.com.  This is a test server so you can play without affecting your normal race. Please let us know any suggestions you may have – we are actively looking for feedback. Thanks!

Race Director November Newsletter

40 Years of Results

Runners are always interested in history!  One of our race directors decided to take real advantage of our new Results Posting to put up the past 40 years of results.

This is free and easy to do. For best results, get the native data files from your timer and upload them. See this video for how to upload native results.

 
With the holidays approaching, many people struggle with finding that perfect gift for the special runner in their life! Why not let them buy a gift certificate for your race.

 

Learn more about gift certificates.

Give your Sponsors some Love!

Many races have sponsors. Many race directors don’t have the technical background to figure out how to put up a

website and have sponsor images. But your sponsors deserve the love!

RunSignUp has recently made this very simple. See how easy it is.

RunSignUp Webinar

We are going to start a new way to better service our customers by holding a monthly “First Wednesday Webinar”. We will pick a topic that people are interested in and do a live video feed that anyone can join. We will also open the floor to questions and try to answer all of them! So join us on the First Wednesday of each month at 7PM Eastern. Click here to register!

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