RaceJoy for Relays

Attention race organizers of relay events!

Do you want to provide tracking specifically for your relay participants and their teams? Are you interested in having access to a race day monitoring system that includes direct communication with your participants and key race day personnel? The RaceJoy for Relays video answers why relays use RaceJoy and how the app’s innovative features have been developed with the relay team experience in mind. Check out how you can use RaceJoy specifically for relay events by watching this video.

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon Offers Two Forms of Runner Tracking

The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini Marathon had two forms of runner tracking available at this Saturday’s event: race-timed progress alerts delivered via text messages and live continuous tracking and GPS alerts with RaceJoy’s GPS tracking.  Participants and spectators paid 99 cents for RaceJoy’s features. People are clearly adopting RaceJoy’s advanced tracking with more than 1,500 people using RaceJoy this Saturday!

3 tracking
Live tracking at 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon!

 

We are seeing larger race events such as this offer both types of tracking so that participants and supporting spectators can have more real-time information and increased interaction on race day. Gone are the days of guessing how runners/walkers are doing out on the course!

So, what is the difference between the two types of tracking?

4 instructions
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon Runner Tracking Instructions

 

Race-Timed Progress Alerts:

These are based on the participant’s bib/chip crossing timing points on the course and updates are delivered via SMS text messages and social media. The participants do not need to carry a phone on race day since it is based on the timing chip and equipment transmitting timing information to text systems. It is a great way for people to know how someone is officially doing in the race and if they are meeting their goals. The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon used XACT for this weekend’s alert system.

The number of race-timed alerts depends on the number of timing points the race/timer decides to put out on the course. Most races will have a Start, one to two mid points, and a Finish spot. Larger venues such as the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon will put additional equipment out on the course to provide more updates.

GPS-based Tracking:

This is a newer form of tracking where people are able to track participants based upon the location of their GPS tracking device. RaceJoy uses the phone as the tracking device. This type of tracking provides a continuous map view of the participant as they travel the course. By using the power of the phone RaceJoy also offers interactive features like Send-a-Cheer, NearMe alerts (relay team favorite) and MeetUp for finding one another. Close to 1,600 cheers were sent by supporting friends and family to race participants at the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon!

5 churchilldowns
So cool they get to run through Churchill Downs!

 

GPS-based Progress Alerts:

RaceJoy’s GPS-based progress alerts are a new innovation for the running industry. By using GPS technology, RaceJoy uses “virtual timing mats” to send progress alerts along the course. The alerts are sent through in-app notifications (not SMS text). People can go in at any time to replay alerts and spectators can go in after the race starts to look at past alerts.

The number of alerts and locations can be customized by the race. Otherwise RaceJoy will issue these at every mile for running/walking events and every five miles for cycling events. RaceJoy’s GPS based progress alerts provide updates on location, elapsed time, pace and estimated finish time. Participants receive these alerts and anyone they are tracking in audio format. They also have the option to have their progress auto posted to their Facebook or Twitter walls.

6 progress alert
GPS-Based Progress Alert

RaceJoy issued more than 9,700 GPS-based progress alerts at the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon!

RaceJoy’s GPS-based progress alerts are not intended to replace official race timing information. But to provide valuable and continuous information to both the participant and spectator to fill in between the official race timed alerts. Typically, RaceJoy’s reported GPS time is within 5-20 seconds of the official timed results.

7 progress list

 

Thank You!

Runners and spectators were able to experience the best of both worlds at the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini Marathon! Thank you to those of you who used RaceJoy to add to your race experience and to race organizers for helping to spread the word. We hope you enjoyed using RaceJoy and that you had a great race!

Offer RaceJoy at a Race

Participants: if you have a race you’d like to use RaceJoy at, please let the race know. We just need their electronic course map.

Race Organizers: RaceJoy offers affordable buyout options and a free-to-the race option where participants and spectators pay 99 cents for RaceJoy’s features. More information can be found here.

Picture4

 

How to Build Your Own Race Map!

Picture1

To have a race loaded into RaceJoy, races need to submit an electronic course map in GPX or KML format so that RaceJoy’s system can create an interactive race course for the event. These maps are then used to track race participants and to provide GPS Progress Alerts at every mile. The alerts sent are based upon the map you provide. So, map accuracy is essential for a positive user experience for your race.

An accurate course map is a must for a positive experience for your race.

Each race is different and, up until now, many have used PDF files to share their maps with others. Building and customizing your map is easy and below is some help to get your race loaded with the most accurate course map possible.

Existing Map Tool

First, whatever map building tool you are using, you can keep using it! You will simply need to convert the file to GPX or KML to load into RaceJoy.  If you are using a map building tool like MapMyRun, RunningAHEAD, AllTrails or MapoMeter, you can still use it to import, maintain and customize your RaceJoy course map. If you use Google Earth or Google Maps, these will also directly produce the KML file RaceJoy needs. Follow the simple instructions outlined in the videos below to help you load your map according to the format you currently use.

No Map Tool

If you aren’t currently using any map building tools, no worries! There are great, free tools for you to use. Google Earth is a free, downloadable application you can use on any computer and then upload into your RaceJoy dashboard to customize. Or you can use RaceJoy’s map builder. You can also take advantage of tools like MapMyRun by walking, running, or biking the official race course and then importing your new file. The videos below can guide you on how to build your map using any of the tools you might choose.

Customizing your map:

You will want to customize your map by adding points along the course such as mile markers, water stops, aid stations, entertainment and so on. Some map building tools offer this ability, but you can choose to use RaceJoy’s map editor to customize your map. The videos also show you how to place your course’s mile markers according to your course certification document or the most accurate mile readings based on GPS.

Maintaining your map:

We know that courses change frequently. However, maintaining your map to be as accurate as possible is very important to ensure a positive user experience at your race. Below are a couple of options to maintain your course map:

adjust

  1. Maintain with RaceJoy’s editor :
    1. If you don’t currently use a map building tool, you can maintain the map using RaceJoy’s Map Builder to make any changes to the course.
  1. Maintain in your current tool(s) and reimport the path:
    1. If you are already using a map building tool for other purposes, like for your website, you can update the course in your map building tool and just reload the map to the RaceJoy dashboard.

Helpful Videos

You can find these helpful how-to map building videos when setting up your race with RaceJoy.

videos

The videos are between 5 and 12 minutes long and cover topics like how to import your electronic course map, how to maintain your course map, and how to build a map using RaceJoy’s Map Builder or with tools like Google Earth. 

Accuracy is crucial! Many features in RaceJoy, like the GPS-based progress alerts at every mile, are dependent on the accuracy of your course maps. Participants and spectators receive progress alerts with information like current mile, pace and estimated finish time based on the mile markers on your course maps. Any changes in your course should be reflected in your RaceJoy course map to provide your participants and spectators with the best race day experience possible. Also, please make sure to do a thorough review of the map loaded into RaceJoy prior to race day.

If you have any questions about how to build your own map, please contact us at info@racejoy.com.

Together we are changing the race experience!

RaceJoyLogo_Ready2-2048

RaceJoy Runner Tracking Affordable for Any Race

Q1Discount

Everyone loves a sale, so what better way to start off the New Year than offer a 20% discount on RaceJoy’s buyout prices, now until March 31, 2016. This promotional price makes advanced runner tracking affordable for any race. Races who purchase the RaceJoy buyout deliver a cutting edge race experience to participants and spectators that includes free live GPS tracking, GPS-based progress alerts, and fun audio cheers. In addition, sponsors offering RaceJoy are provided with a new and effective vehicle for reaching a broader consumer base.

RaceJoy’s buyout pricing varies and is based upon the number of participants and the course distance:

Flat Buyout Pricing Discount (Total Participants Across All Events)

Table*Call for events larger than 15,000 participants.

RaceJoy’s key features include:

  • Live runner tracking on a map view
  • GPS-based progress alerts at every mile,
  • Send-a-Cheer, including new Text-to-Cheer
  • NearMe alerts

Race participants carry their phone during the race to experience these interactive features.

In addition, RaceJoy continues to offer the free-to-the-race option in which the participant and spectator pay 99 cents for these features at a given race.

According to the Running USA’s 2015 National Runner Survey, 57% of runners are now carrying their phone while running, increasing the opportunity to utilize the phone’s GPS capability as a tracking mechanism. RaceJoy taps into this tracking capability to provide live GPS tracking on the course map and GPS progress alerts as they cross mile points on the course. Race organizers offer RaceJoy to round out their official race timed results information and expand the race experience to embrace spectators from the race site or remotely.

“What amazes us is the incredible adoption we see when races provide RaceJoy for free. The number of runners and walkers carrying their phones during a race continues to grow and participants now expect races to provide some form of runner tracking. RaceJoy helps races to stand out and show that they are offering the current technology and a very different and improved race experience,” said Bob Bickel, Founder of RunSignUp.

Picture5

Races that purchase RaceJoy’s buyout option receive these same features for an unlimited number of participants and spectators, as well as:

  • Custom, linkable banner ads
  • Logo placement
  • Custom basic race information
  • Link to race website
  • Countdown/start clock
  • Interactive course map(s)
  • Listing in RaceJoy (cross promotion opportunity)
  • Custom GPS alerts (showcase sponsor or race)

Race organizers can have their race enabled in RaceJoy by going to RaceJoy’s website to submit their race information. Races that use RunSignUp’s registration services can quickly enable RaceJoy and choose flexible pricing options from their RunSignUp race dashboard.

Picture4

RaceJoy Poised for Expansion in 2016

PhoneTrakPhone_NewQuarter One Discount, Self-Serve Administration and Registration Platform Integration

RaceJoy, the leading real-time runner tracking solution for road race events, announces its efforts to grow RaceJoy’s availability at races across the United States. Initiatives include a first quarter 20% discount for its buyout option, self-serve administration for race organizers, and registration platform integration. RaceJoy offers race organizers the ability to offer an innovative experience that includes live GPS tracking, GPS-based progress alerts, and fun audio cheers. In addition, sponsors offering RaceJoy are provided with a new and effective vehicle for reaching a broader consumer base.

Click here for more…

New Year’s Day Dash Begins the Year with RaceJoy!

Picture1

The 11th Annual New Year’s Day Dash will be held on January 1, 2016, at Quaker Steak & Lube in Middleton, WI. This race offers two course options a 5-mile chip-timed run and 2-mile walk. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Huntington’s Disease Society of America. They start the year off right with a post race party at Quaker Steak and Lube, including wings, Wisconsin Brewing Company beer, great prizes, giveaways and New Year’s Day bowl games on big screen TV’s!

What a great way to start off the New Year!

To add on to this fun race experience, race organizers are offering RaceJoy’s GPS phone tracking, GPS alerts and cheers as a free service to participants and supporting spectators! Each runner and walker who carries their phone will receive GPS progress alerts at every mile on the course and have access to live phone tracking and RaceJoy’s Send-a-Cheer feature.

phone

Supporting spectators, onsite and from the comfort of their homes, can also receive these GPS alerts and are able to watch the runners move along the course in a map view. Friends and family members will also be able to send fun cheers with RaceJoy’s Send-a-Cheer feature to help motivate their tracked participants. They can choose to send pre-recorded fun cheers or craft a custom cheer with RaceJoy’s text-to-cheer feature.

img

The New Year’s Day Dash race organizers, Race Day Events, LLC, are offering RaceJoy’s technology as a free service to all participants and supporting friends and family. Typically, there is a 99 cents per race upgrade fee for these features.

RaceJoyMan_January

We hope you enjoy the race and have an amazing 2016!

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.

 

Annapolis Running Classic Offered Free Advanced Runner Tracking!

AnnapolisLogo

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.

AnnapolisPhone

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.