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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RaceJoy Record: Most Relay Teams at Colfax Marathon

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RaceJoy had the most usage of relay teams at a single race since its inception at this last weekend’s Colfax Marathon in Denver, Colorado with close to 700 teams using RaceJoy. RaceJoy recently released an industry breakthrough where it virtually ties relay team phones together to provide progress alerts for the team. Colfax is one of the largest relay marathons in the country and offers various relay team options, from two-person teams to five-person teams.

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Relay teams using RaceJoy have two ways to be tracked using RaceJoy. The first is the ability to see where team members are on an interactive map showing the official Colfax Marathon course. RaceJoy tracks the GPS location of the participant’s phone. So, people were able to see each other’s location in real-time. Also, as team members drew close to one another, they received NearMe alerts that included a cowbell alert sound along with a pop-up message.

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The second form of tracking includes Team Progress Alerts when team members cross each mile on the course. Alerts are issued in audio format to the runner on the course and as in-app notifications to the rest of the team. Alerts include location, elapsed time for the team, split time for current leg, and estimated finish time for the team. Relay teams and individual runners clearly made full use of RaceJoy at Colfax with 78,000 progress alerts being issued in RaceJoy.

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Relay teams could also use RaceJoy to support and communicate with each other during the Colfax Marathon using RaceJoy’s Send-a-Cheer feature. We saw more than 11,000 cheers delivered on race day. People could send pre-loaded audio cheer clips and ‘Can’t Touch This’ was the top cheer used.

Also, runners and supporting spectators made full use of RaceJoy’s text-to-cheer feature with more than 1,800 messages being delivered. This is where people can type in a custom message and it is delivered in audio format.

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Most marathons offer a relay component to give more choices to runners. However, there aren’t many options in the running industry for tracking relay teams, and using the traditional bib tag tracking is typically very limited, if offered at all. Plus, many of the established larger events are hesitant to introduce new technology to their races. We want to recognize the race organizers of the Colfax Marathon for embracing RaceJoy’s technology to provide an interactive experience for their participants and supporting spectators. They also did a lot to help educate people on the new technology to ensure a positive experience. Thank you, Colfax Marathon, for helping us to change the race experience!

 

May Brings New Records for RaceJoy!

This is the third RaceJoy record in the month of May! We also had record breaking overall usage and the fastest runner to use RaceJoy. What’s next?! Stay tuned for the first to offer custom geo-positioning Cheer Points for race organizers!

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This coming weekend brings another relay focused event on the other side of the country at Vermont City Marathon. RunVermont was the first marathon with a significant relay focus to offer RaceJoy. If you have a group of friends you like doing relays with, both Vermont City Marathon and Colfax Marathon offer a great race experience in beautiful parts of our country!

 

 

Fastest Runner to Run with RaceJoy! Places First in 2017’s Maine Coast Marathon

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“Being able to share my race experience with my family and others with an improved level of detail via RaceJoy was pretty awesome.”

Rob Gomez

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On May 14, Rob Gomez, placed first and won the Maine Coast Marathon with a finish time of 2:34 averaging 5:54 minute miles. Rob’s time would have been even less if it weren’t for an unintentional detour at the race caused by a volunteer accidently sending people the wrong way (something we actually see more than you would expect and something all race organizers and runners clearly wish to avoid). It was a cold and rainy day and Rob chose to run with his phone and use RaceJoy so that his family could track his location and progress since they could not make it to the race site.

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We get some of the faster elite runners using RaceJoy, but many prefer not to carry their phone and are concerned that the extra weight might slow them down. Clearly, this was not an issue for Rob as he flew through the course.

We asked Rob a few questions about using RaceJoy…

-Why did you use RaceJoy?

Both my mom and my daughter wanted to follow my progress in the race but neither could make it to the course to watch in person. So, I thought using the RaceJoy app would be a great way for them to follow my progress more closely from afar than more traditional online tracking methods allow.

-Were you concerned that carrying your phone would slow you down?

A little bit, but I had run with my phone in my hand on numerous occasions before, even during workouts, and I realized that it didn’t bother me that much to carry it that way. It was raining pretty hard on race day so before the race I just started the tracking on the app and then put my phone in a Ziploc bag before stuffing it in an iPhone carrying arm band. The phone stayed perfectly dry and the arm band kept the phone close to my shoulder and therefore closer to my center of mass; that way, I was able to expend less energy carrying the phone during the race (as opposed to carrying it in my hand). Besides, an iPhone 6S is only a little over 3oz, so we’re not talking a lot of weight. In the end, carrying the phone didn’t bother me at all. An extra 3oz of weight isn’t going to slow anyone down very much – we’re talking maybe a few seconds over the course of an entire marathon. I was more than willing to make that trade-off.

-What was your experience with using RaceJoy? Did you like it? Did those tracking you like using it?

RaceJoy has a very easy-to-use and self-explanatory interface and it performed exactly how I expected it would. Not only were my family members able to follow along without any trouble, I found out after I had finished that other folks were following my progress as well on the app. Being able to share my race experience with my family and others with an improved level of detail via RaceJoy was pretty awesome.

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RaceJoy was designed to meet the needs of all runners. Our initial planning meetings included a product roadmap that met the needs of what we call the “Serious Steves”, the “Novice Nancies”, and the “Fit & Fun Fran & Frank”. Where cheers may mean a lot to the first time marathoner, the Serious Steve may be more interested in just having the ability for others to track his/her progress with mile splits.

If we could, we also would recognize the slowest runner/walker in RaceJoy since those coming in last have an equally impressive story to tell. We’ve talked to many of you and know the struggles you have faced and the determination it takes to keep going and complete the goal you set out to accomplish. During the race, we live monitor the race field from RaceJoy’s monitoring system and we don’t stop until the last runner is in. If you are in the last of the pack and are using RaceJoy, know that one of us is tracking you and rooting you on!

For those of you that would like some coaching guidance on your running, Rob is actually a personal coach and offers a variety of options for all types of runners that you can do with him remotely. He has a strong background in running and in 2013 was New England Runner Magazine’s Maine Runner of the Year. Clearly, he knows what he is doing! You can find more information here: https://www.easternshoretraining.com/.

Thanks, Rob, and all of you who use RaceJoy and continue to support us in changing the race experience. We will catch you at the next race!

Special thanks to Maine Coast Marathon race organizers and Shipyard Brewing Company for offering RaceJoy again this year and being one of the original races to bring RaceJoy to Maine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

Glass City Marathon Offers Live Race Day Experience with RaceJoy!

138,000 Progress Alerts Issued!

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As one of the first marathons to ever offer RaceJoy, the 2017 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon delivered a live race day experience for those at the race site and for remote spectators. RaceJoy was a significant component of this along with the event’s live streaming and interviews on race day. And clearly people embraced the technology with 138,000 progress alerts being issued through RaceJoy – breaking the record for most alerts at a single race.

 

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The Glass City Marathon likes to bring new race day experiences and this year race organizers implemented a new live race day page on the Glass City Marathon website. This offered quick access to the RaceJoy app, a live leaderboard, which provided instant official results information, and a live streaming video of the race. This was really awesome since it wasn’t just a static streaming of the finish line. It also included the local news anchor from BCSN The Blade covering the race day and performing live interviews with participants. It also included a split screen where you could watch finishers come in while seeing what was going on at other areas of the finishing area in the Glass Bowl. In addition, for those participants that setup their profile for auto tweeting of progress, their alerts showed in the twitter live streaming (#RunGlassCity) shown on the live race page.

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Screenshot from the Glass City Marathon Website

With the RaceJoy app, Glass City Marathon also provided participants and spectators with live race day features like continual progress updates, live phone tracking, cheer sending, and scored results within moments of crossing the finish line. This year, more than 7,000 people used RaceJoy at the Glass City Marathon!

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The Glass City Marathon is one of the few races RaceJoy also offers Bib tag tracking along with RaceJoy’s industry first GPS-based progress updates. This meant that thousands of participants and spectators were receiving progress updates at every mile on the course. Updates included information like location, pace, and estimated finish time. Participants also had the option of posting their progress to their Facebook and Twitter walls. A record breaking number of alerts were sent out over the course of the Glass City Marathon weekend, with 138,000 progress alerts being issued!

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One of the great things about Glass City Marathon offering both tracking in RaceJoy and the live streaming of the finish line is that supporting family and friends could track participants’ blue dot as it moved along the course in the app and then watch them live in the streaming video as they crossed the finish line. Most runners have a friend or family member that can’t make it to the race. So, this offered an easy way to support the participant remotely and share in the race experience whether at the race site, at home or in another country (we saw you Canadians and Brits tracking your runners!)

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Supporting family and friends were also able to track runners live as they moved along the course by using RaceJoy’s GPS phone tracking feature.

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Supporting friends and family sent close to 9,000 cheers to Glass City Marathon participants! Way to support the runners!

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The Glass City Marathon takes place in our nation’s “Glass City”; Toledo, Ohio and is hosted by the Toledo Roadrunners Club. Northwest Ohio’s largest springtime event finishes in the Glass Bowl and the race organizers go all out to provide a special race experience. on. Thank you race organizers for including RaceJoy again this year, and congratulations finishers on a job well done!

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Race Organizers: If you’d like to be on the forefront of race day technology, get your event loaded in RaceJoy by checking out our website for information or go to your RunSignUp dashboard. Please note that we require a minimum two-week load time prior to the race start and an official course map in KML or GPX format.

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Race Organizers: Why Sign Up for RaceJoy Before Registration Starts?

Before your registration opens, make sure to get your race enabled for RaceJoy. Here are the top five reasons for enabling sooner rather than later.

Reason One: Promotion and Visibility = Increase Registrations

The sooner you get your race loaded and live in RaceJoy, the sooner your promotion begins. RaceJoy’s Race Calendar currently includes more than 9,000 events and is a source for runners to locate an event near them or at a destination they plan to travel to.  RunSignUp races are automatically listed in the calendar section and include a “Register Now” banner ad.  However, if you enable RaceJoy, your event is also listed in the Featured Races section giving your event increased visibility with potential registrants.

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With more than 330,000 users to date, this is a great opportunity to get exposure and draw additional registrations.

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Reason Two: Alternative Pricing Option

RunSignUp customers have a distinct option of having the participant cover the cost of RaceJoy by adding on a nominal amount to the general registration processing fee*.

  • 50c per registrant for 10K and longer distance
  • 25c per registrant for events under 10K

*This option is only available if at least one of your events is a 10k distance or longer.

 You can always choose this option after registration opens, and the race would then cover the fees for any past registrants. Though, enabling RaceJoy before registration opens helps to avoid this.

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Races also have the option to select the flat buyout option for RaceJoy. Many races that choose this buyout option will load the event right away and find a sponsor to cover the cost after it is already loaded.

Reason Three: Issue Race News Before the Race

Another reason to load your event before registrations starts is the ability to schedule race News Alerts to users who have accessed your race in the app to let them know registration is now open or other important race news. If you used RaceJoy last year, you can even send a news alert to everyone who accessed your event in 2016 to help encourage the registration of repeat runners.

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Reason Four: Increase RaceJoy Usage

The sooner you have your event enabled for RaceJoy, the more time you have to build usage of the app. This is especially important if you are going to be showcasing a sponsor or sponsors in RaceJoy. Participants using RaceJoy posts messages like the one below that help raise awareness for your race and sponsor.

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Reason Five: Before They Ask!

Runners are expecting some type of tracking from running/walking events and inevitably someone is going to ask you what you are offering for Runner Tracking. By enabling RaceJoy earlier you can get ahead of the questions; RaceJoy information will show on the registration page and they will be emailed information about RaceJoy tracking as they register.

What Type of Tracking Do We Have? 

RaceJoy Bells and Whistles

Here is a recap of RaceJoy’s innovative race day features:

For the participants and spectators:

  • Live phone tracking in a map view
  • GPS-based progress alerts, typically at every mile
  • Send-a-Cheer and Text-to-Cheer
  • NearMe and MeetUp

For the race organizers:

  • Race operations team tracking & communications
  • Race Day Monitoring system
  • Variety of communications tools
  • Participant route replay
  • Off-course alerts

More information about RaceJoy is available in this Race Organizer Overview video.

Getting your event RaceJoy Ready also includes all the Race Operations Tools covered in this webinar video.

If you have any questions, or need help getting things set up, please contact info@racejoy.com.

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Bring on the Chocolate Town Challenge!

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Runners and walkers can’t resist the draw of the Chocolate Town Challenge in Hershey, Pennsylvania – the Sweetest Place on Earth!

The challenge consists of two events; one in the Spring that was held this last weekend and offers a 10k distance and then a Fall half marathon event in October.

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This past weekend held the 6th Hershey 10K Race and RaceJoy was a new addition that race organizers brought to the experience. Participants who downloaded RaceJoy and carried their phones during the race were also treated to innovative race day experience with live tracking, progress alerts and cheer sending.

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So, while runners made their way through Hersheypark, they received continual progress updates letting them know their pace and estimated finish time. Friends and family used RaceJoy to watch their blue dot move through the park and knew exactly where they were on the course. More than 3,000 progress alerts were sent on race day!

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And while participants were passing the many attractions like Fahrenheit, Wildcat and Skyrush, they were receiving supportive cheers from friends and family.

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Close to 900 cheers were flying on race day – That’s some seriously sweet motivation!

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The Hershey Half Marathon is scheduled for October 15 and offers single and relay options for runners and walkers. What a nice way to treat yourself to some sweet memories!

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Hershey The Sweetest Place On Earth

When Milton S. Hershey opened his first chocolate factory in the middle of a Pennsylvania farm field, he dreamed of one day building the perfect town where his employees could live, work, and play. Since 1903, Hershey has become a year-round resort destination offering deluxe accommodations, unique culinary events, distinctive golf, a chocolate-themed spa, and a world class theme park for families and guests of all ages.

You can find out more information about the Chocolate Town Challenges here.

 

If you’d like to add your event to RaceJoy, follow the easy setup wizard on our site, or your RunSignUp dashboard. To learn more about all the features available in RaceJoy check out this Organizer Overview or review RaceJoy’s Website. Please note, we require a two-week minimum load time and an electronic copy of your course map (in KML/GPX format).

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