May Brings New Usage Records for RaceJoy!

Part One!

Record Usage over One Race Weekend and One Race

We are seeing record RaceJoy usage on multiple fronts in this popular running month of May! This is a three part series demonstrating the full adoption of RaceJoy’s innovative race day technology.

First up is the record for overall usage over a single race weekend and at one race in particular. This involves a massive amount of data flowing instantaneously from RaceJoy, including 342,500+ progress alerts being issued to participants and those tracking them. And that’s not all…

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May 6-7 Race Weekend Records:

RaceJoy Records: Highest Usage, Most Progress Alerts, Most Cheers over one weekend!

The first weekend in May brought record breaking RaceJoy usage at races across the country, including:

These races chose to offer RaceJoy’s live GPS tracking, progress alerts at every mile and cheer sending for participants and their supporting friends and family.

Highest Usage: 39,000+ Participant / Spectators using RaceJoy over the weekend.

Most Progress Alerts: 342,500 Progress Alerts Delivered instantly through RaceJoy.

Most Cheers: 55,000 Cheers Delivered to participants

It was great to see that RaceJoy’s system handled the load without issue and alerts and cheers were issued without delay. 

Record Breaking Usage at Single Race

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Picture3The Pittsburgh Marathon’s participants and spectators used RaceJoy to its fullest and now represents the winning race for most usage, progress alerts and cheers delivered at a single race:

Highest Usage: 12,800 Participants / Spectators used RaceJoy

Most Progress Alerts: 157,500 Progress Alerts Delivered (Glass City Marathon previously held this record)

Most Cheers: 23,500 Cheers Delivered to Participants

 

 

“I ran my first Half Marathon today and used the RaceJoy app for the first time as well. I have to say it was one of the major reasons I made it through. Getting cheers from my friends and family was amazing. Also getting updates on my progress and pace was incredible. My family loved using it to track my progress. I really appreciate this app and how it got me through this huge accomplishment. Thanks!!” – Jessica K.

Runner Up!

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Picture5The Flying Pig Marathon who previously held the record for most cheers was very close on all usage points with:

Usage (so close!): 12,300 Participants / Spectators used RaceJoy

Progress Alerts: 141,800 Progress alerts delivered

Cheers: 19,300 Cheers delivered

 

 

 

“What a fun way to race!!! I really enjoyed having all my family near and far in my “pocket” as I did the Flying Pig Half Marathon. It was so encouraging to see love from all over pouring in as I did my race. I would highly recommend it.” – Becks 

Special shout out to all the races who offered RaceJoy and gave your participants the opportunity to use RaceJoy and the ability to have their friends and family support them during the race. Those 48,000 cheers means a great deal to many of the runners and walkers and helps them to achieve what they set out to do at your event. Also, thank you to all of you who used RaceJoy and for posting your positive reviews to help encourage others to try RaceJoy.

Together, we are changing the race experience!

“I used this app for a half marathon race and enjoyed the mile splits, finish time estimates and (what was really enjoyable) the cheers from family and friends that were tracking me race. I hope other races will consider using this app!”  – Apple App User Review from H. Gaitonde

 

Stay tuned for the Next RaceJoy Record in May: Fastest runner to ever use RaceJoy…

 

10th Anniversary DONNA Marathon Weekend Runs to Finish Breast Cancer and Breaks RaceJoy Records!

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This past weekend, the 10th Anniversary running of the DONNA Marathon Weekend provided RaceJoy’s full interactive race day experience to participants and their supporting families and friends, courtesy of SpectraShield.  Close to 85,000 progress alerts were issued over race weekend giving real-time information to participants and spectators and breaking RaceJoy’s records!

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SpectraShield, a manhole and wastewater structure refurbisher and installer, sponsored RaceJoy for its 3rd year to provide an innovative way for supporting spectators to encourage runners and walkers to share in this special race experience.

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The Donna Marathon – the National Breast Cancer Marathon – is the only event in the country dedicated solely to the FINISH of breast cancer. This world-class event raises funds for groundbreaking research and to empower those living with breast cancer.

The event offers a variety of courses, including a 5K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, and 110 mile Ultra. This past week, runners also had the option to participate in the Donna 10K for Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the fight to finish breast cancer. The weekend attracted 7,200 runners and walkers from around the world!

RaceJoy had a great showing over the course of the weekend with more than 5,000 runners and walkers using the app! What a great way to FINISH IT!

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Photo from DONNA Marathon Weekend

Thanks to SpectraShield’s sponsorship, people were treated to all of RaceJoy’s bells and whistles for free – this included two forms of tracking, instant race results, cheer sending and convenient access to race information.

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More than 1,600 runners were tracked using RaceJoy’s live phone tracking option, which allowed supporting family and friends to see exactly where they were on the course at any time during the race, whether they were at the race site or not.

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This full marathon participant used live course tracking with every mile progress alerts for her family, with a battery life of more than 8 hours on race day. She said her husband was able to meet her along the course at several points with the help of RaceJoy.

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Congratulations on finishing the Donna Marathon!

People loved sending RaceJoy’s audio cheer messages with more than 8,100 cheers sent! Talk about great support! Special cheers were also loaded for Donna Marathon Weekend.

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RaceJoy issued nearly 85,000 progress alerts over the course of the weekend – a record breaking number of alerts! These alerts included information like pace and estimated finish time. Alerts also included updates on the number of manholes participants crossed over in recognition of SpectraShield’s sponsorship.

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The progress alerts were delivered by integrating with the race’s timing company, 1st Place Sports as participants crossed milestones along the course. In addition to the race-timed alerts, participants who carried their phone also received GPS-based progress alerts at every mile based on the location of their device.

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This integration with 1st Place Sports also allowed for the immediate delivery of scored race results available within moments of crossing the finish line!

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It was a great 10th Anniversary weekend! We love catching up with repeat users of RaceJoy at the Donna Marathon Weekend each year.  Thank you for all your positive feedback and sharing your personal stories over the race weekend. Special thanks to Donna Marathon Weekend organizers and SpectraShield for including RaceJoy in the quest to finish breast cancer!

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Congratulations to all the race participants on a great race weekend! You FINISHED IT!

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Best Damn Race Offers Big Race Experience at Local Race Series

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The Best Damn Race Series is taking things to the next level by offering RaceJoy’s advanced tracking and interactive race day features at all its races in the series – Cape Coral, Jacksonville, Safety Harbor, Orlando and New Orleans! With the addition of RaceJoy, participants and supporting friends and family have access to live phone tracking, GPS-based progress alerts at every mile, audio cheer messages, and immediate scored results.

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Participants are able to sign up for the races within the RaceJoy app by clicking on the ‘Register Here’ banner as shown below. This automatically appears for RunSignUp registration events using RaceJoy. Races not using RunSignUp can easily add a banner to link to their registration.

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This past weekend’s Best Damn Race Cape Coral was an example of a race doing it the best damn way! Race organizers showed their dedication to quality by providing us with highly accurate course maps, which meant that RaceJoy’s GPS-based tracking and progress alerts were extremely precise and the final finish time was within seconds of the official race-timed finish.

These updates are sent out at every mile and are an example of the Best Damn Race providing a big race experience at a local race. However, where the large, iconic race events rely on the timing equipment on the course to issue alerts, RaceJoy’s alerts do not require any timing equipment since they are based on the person’s GPS location on the course route and the time elapsed. All that is needed is the participant to carry their phone and an accurate course map from race organizers. Each alert includes information like current location, pace and estimated finish time.

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In addition, the timer for Best Damn Race, Endurance Sports Timing, live streamed finish results data through RaceJoy as people were finishing the race. This meant that people had immediate access to their official finisher stats along with the ability to see how they did in relation to others in their age group.

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There is something to the name “Best Damn Race” in which participants and their supporting family and friends expect the best race experience ever. We think they delivered and the response we’ve received tells us that others agree!

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“… It turns out, I not only smashed my first goal, but I also PR’d finishing the race at 1 hour and 3 minutes! The venue was beautiful and very well organized, tons of food, all the refreshments you could want and a massage station. Very impressed as I’ve done a lot of mud runs and typically you get 1 free beer. I will definitely be doing another event! Cheers and thank you for ‘the best damn experience’ at the Best Damn Race!!!”

– Tracy K. – 10K participant, Best Damn Race Cape Coral

 

The Best Damn Race series is one that prides itself in giving a premium experience to participants. Whether you’re an elite runner, first timer, walker or using a baby jogger (with your dog), race organizers boldly want participants to have the best DAMN race experience. Every race entry includes a race shirt, finisher medal, bib, goodie bag, free food, free beer, a free massage and now, RaceJoy’s live tracking, cheer sending and immediate results!

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Belladonna’s First 5K! Best Damn Race Cape Coral

We recommend that you check it out and see for yourself that this series really does stand behind its name by offering the Best Damn Race experience!

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Thank you race organizers for making RaceJoy available for your participants and their supporting family and friends! We appreciate your dedication to the race industry. We’ll see you at the next one, Best Damn Race Jacksonville on January 14, 2017!

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Annapolis Running Classic Offered Free Advanced Runner Tracking!

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The Annapolis Running Classic, a half marathon and 10K in Maryland’s Historic Capital City, offered free advanced tracking of runners at the race this weekend through RaceJoy’s mobile app. Typically, participants and spectators pay a 99 cents upgrade fee per race for these advanced tracking features. Race organizers chose to provide RaceJoy’s GPS-based progress alerts at every mile, live tracking on a map and cheer sending as an added experience for participants and spectators.

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Nearly 250 race participants chose to run with their phone using RaceJoy so that they could be live tracked on race day. And another 250 people tracked these runners on race day!

Participants followed a beautiful course with views of the waterfront city and ended at the legendary finish line party featuring live music from terrific bands and food and beverages, including the award-winning soup, oysters, Fordham Beers, Old Dominion Root Beer and Bold Rock Cider!

Supporting spectators onsite and from the convenience of their homes received RaceJoy’s GPS progress alerts and were able to watch the runners’ blue dots move along the course in a map view so that they knew exactly where their runner was while the race was on. Friends and family members sent out close to 500 motivational cheers to runners and walkers in RaceJoy. Now that is showing some classic support!

Live Tracking of Runners in RaceJoy

RaceJoy issued GPS progress alerts at every mile on the course, with a total of 15 alerts sent out per participants in the half and 8 alerts for the 10K (includes start and finish). RaceJoy issued close to 4,000 GPS progress alerts at the Annapolis Running Classic, which provided unofficial GPS performance time, including pace and estimated finish time.

GPS-based Progress Alerts in RaceJoy

We’d like to say a special thank you to the race organizers of the Annapolis Running Classic and to the participants and supporting family and friends for embracing RaceJoy! We hope you enjoyed using RaceJoy and look forward to seeing you back soon!

If you’d like to have your race loaded into RaceJoy, you can send your course map in electronic format (KML, GPX or link to MapMyRun map) to addrace@racejoy.com. Buyout options are available.

Pittsburgh Runs with RaceJoy!

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This weekend we had more than 200 people use RaceJoy at the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race during their 10K and 5K events. With 60 phones tracked spectators made use of RaceJoy’s live phone tracking and every mile pace alerts, monitoring participants real time as they completed the race.

This is Pennsylvania’s largest 10K and was established by and named after the Pittsburgh mayor who is accredited with revitalizing Pittsburgh economy in the 70s and 80s. (Learn more here) The event enabled RaceJoy from their RunSignUp dashboard and did a great job promoting the technology to participants with their new RunSignUp web page.

We tracked runners as they ran by Carnegie Mellon – James Harris’, the creator and founder behind RaceJoy, alma mater and where he achieved the foundation of education he applies today with RaceJoy!

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Supporting spectators sent more than 100 cheers in RaceJoy and received 600 GPS-based progress alerts as runners crossed mile points on the course.

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Special thanks to the race for requesting your race to be added in RaceJoy and for giving your race participants a new experience!

If you’d like to have your race added to RaceJoy, simply send us your course map in electronic format to addrace@racejoy.com. RunSignUp customers can quickly enable their race on RunSignUp’s dashboard.

RaceJoy Celebrates Independence Day with Patriotic Themed Races!

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July 4 is always a big race day across the country. People used RaceJoy at all types of running races this past weeke­­nd – from the iconic Peachtree Road Race in Georgia to the Team RWB Firecracker Race in Daytona.

July 4 is always a big race day across the country. People used RaceJoy at all types of running races this past weeke­­nd – from the iconic Peachtree Road Race in Georgia to the Team RWB Firecracker Race in Daytona.

PeavineThe races that celebrated our nation’s independence this weekend with great courses in RaceJoy include:

  • Peachtree Road Race
  • Team RWB Firecracker Race
  • Peavine Falls Run
  • Pitman Freedom 4 Miler
  • Freedom 5K
  • Top of Utah Freedom Run
  • Headin’ for Home 5K
  • Volkslaufe – The People’s Race

Participants and spectators who used RaceJoy at these July 4th running races were able to experience the interactive race day features for just 99 cents. These features provide an innovative way to bring spectators and participants together – whether at the race site or not. Race day features include:

  • Live real-time runner tracking (not an estimator)
  • GPS-based progress alerts at every mile along the course (with information like pace and estimated finish – shown below)
  • Send-a-Cheer (pre-recorded audio cheer clips)
  • NearMe alerts (alerts when a desired participant is within a designated proximity)
  • MeetUp (shows your position in relation to your tracked participants on a map).

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These festive July 4th events encourage participants and spectators to enjoy a great day with friends and family on America’s birthday, all while getting out and being active. What better way is there to kick off the festivities of July 4th than with thousands of others celebrating our country and one another?

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The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series Helps to Encourage Race Participants with RaceJoy!

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The Biggest Loser RunWalk race series offers a motivational, non-intimidating race experience at multiple premier destination locations across the country and throughout the year. Organized by former contestants of “The Biggest Loser,” Dan and Jackie Evans, the race series includes a variety of race distances, including 5K’s, 10K’s, Half Marathons, Off-Road Challenges and Kids’ Races. The Biggest Loser RunWalk race series encourages people of all fitness levels to achieve their fitness goals.

As part of the 2015 race series experience, race organizers have been working with RaceJoy to ensure course maps for each RunWalk event are loaded into the RaceJoy platform so that participants can add to their race experience with its race-centric features like real-time GPS tracking, progress alerts at every mile and fun audio cheers. Each of The Biggest Loser RunWalk 2015 races will be available in RaceJoy.

Many  who participate in The Biggest Loser RunWalk races have put forth tremendous determination and discipline to get to race day. For some, this will be their very first race and it is a special day that can be filled with an uncertain anticipation combined with a “Let’s Do This!” excitement. RaceJoy helps to add to this very special day by connecting the runner/walker with their friends and family throughout the race experience.

Live phone tracking at The Biggest Loser Run/Walk race in Erie, Pennsylvania on June 6, 2015.

How fast a participant goes may vary, but regardless of their fitness level, each have a common goal: Start and finish the race. What happens in between varies by the runner or walker. It varies based on their individual fitness levels, emotional and physical state and even what they had to eat that day. RaceJoy’s main role is to help with the time between start and finish. To encourage the participant by giving them real-time updates on their progress and motivate them with the knowledge that others are tracking their progress live and sharing in their experience even if they aren’t there at the race site. There is something uniquely motivating about knowing someone is watching you. It confirms they care about you and what you are going through and helps propel you along.

Live phone tracking at The Biggest Loser Run/Walk Mobile, Alabama on April 19, 2015.

The cheers sent through RaceJoy further communicate to the participant that their friends and family are still there watching them and wishing them well. RaceJoy cheers sent at this last weekend’s Biggest Loser RunWalk race in Erie, Pennsylvania included:

  • You Can Do it!
  • Chin Up!
  • And Never Give Up!
  • Go Mommie Go!

If you are thinking about participating in your first running/walking endurance race, you may want to check out the Biggest Loser RunWalk premier destination race options that are coming up across the country. As the name suggests, walkers are welcome and equally encouraged to participate. The next race is in Rockford, Illinois and then in Killington, Vermont. Note: To use RaceJoy’s features there is a 99 cents, per race fee and the participant must carry his/her phone and activate tracking on race day.

Biggest Loser RunWalk website: http://www.biggestloserrunwalk.com