Lively Connections at Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness!

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This past weekend, race organizers of the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness offered a fully-connected race using RaceJoy –  not just for the participants and spectators, but for the race operations team as well.

This was the first time the Wrightsville Beach Marathon used RaceJoy and people fully embraced the new technology – close to 2,400 people used RaceJoy’s interactive race day features and more than 800 participants and operations personnel were tracked through their phones on race day!

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Even though some users had a little hesitation using RaceJoy for the first time, like Gary (below), the response was overwhelmingly positive!

This Saturday I ran the Wrightsville Beach Marathon. Leading up to the race, I was a little annoyed to hear that all tracking would be done with RaceJoy via smart phones. This annoyance came from the fact that I never run with a phone, just my GPS watch.  My wife convinced me to take my phone so that she could track me.

I honestly couldn’t have been happier after realizing what a great app this is! It wasn’t even until during the race that I realized. My friend kept saying “your phone is talking?” I had the volume down, so I turned it up and enjoyed the mileage updates.

But the key moment for me, was around mile 18-19. I was struggling. My running buddies had pushed on as they are faster than me and I was not in a good place. I didn’t even know that messages could be sent through the app, let alone be read out to you. At this low point in the race, a message was read out to me “Don’t quit Daddy!  I love you” from my 11-year old daughter, 30 seconds later another message “Go Daddy, Go!” From my 7-year old daughter Anja.

These messages brought a tear to my eyes.  But they also gave me to strength I needed at exactly the time I needed it!  I went on to finish my first marathon.

Thank you RaceJoy. – Gary D.

Thank you Gary for sharing your story! This is exactly why we created RaceJoy – to connect family and friends and to support you through those rough moments!

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Kelley, Emma and Katie! — Photo Provided by Kelley M. – Wrightsville Half Participant

Kelley and her friends participated in the Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon together and also used RaceJoy so their family and friends could see their progress along the way.

My name is Kelley and myself and two of my friends, Emma and Katie trained for the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon together and used the RaceJoy app during the race. Our friends and family loved being able to see our progress along the way and send us cheers! We also liked being able to find each other’s location using the app and know where each of us were. It’s a really great app!!

Emma’s boyfriend, Tyler (who is also my boyfriend Matt’s oldest brother) lost his vision to Retinitis Pigmentosa and completed his 5th full marathon that day!! He raised over $2,000 for The Foundation Fighting Blindness. Tyler and Matt’s parents completed the full marathon as well!  It was an amazing day  — Kelley M.

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Photo of Tyler M. – Wrightsville Beach Marathon Participant

Over the course of the race weekend, close to 33,000 progress alerts were issued giving people real-time progress updates at every mile! The updates included information like current location, pace, and estimated finish time.  Also, 5,500 cheers were sent on race day connecting supporting family and friends with participants real-time as they completed the course.

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Photo from Wrightsville Beach Marathon Website

 

Race Operations Live Tracking

Race organizers took things further by using RaceJoy to track the race operations team from the app and through RaceJoy’s Race Day Monitoring System. Race personnel could quickly see the location of rest of the team while they were working the race. Plus, the race used RaceJoy’s web console monitoring system to see a global view of operations along with the race participants using RaceJoy. The monitoring console also allowed staff to Send-a-Message to operations personnel like the race director using text to speech technology.

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The Race Organizers chose to use a unique bib number (9999) just for the race operations team. This made it super easy for the team to find one another in the app where they look up one bib number versus searching for individual names or code names. Most used the function they served as their name such as “Lead Men Half Marathon” and “Landfall/ Military Van”. This further simplifies things for everyone to see at-a-glance the status of the various roles of the team.

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For more information about using RaceJoy for race operations, please see this recent Webinar.

The Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness offers its participants a fast, flat and notorious course for personal bests with a peak elevation of only 32 feet. From first timers to veterans, the event weekend attracts a variety of runners! With a glimpse of what Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington have to offer, the course starts at the beach and runs through Landfall and finishes at UNCW Campus.

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Photo from Wrightsville Beach Marathon Facebook

We are glad we were able to be part of this fully connected and lively race day experience that offers something for everyone! Thank you, finishers, for using RaceJoy and for sharing your personal stories. Special thanks to race organizers for embracing new technology and helping to change the race experience!

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Tobacco Road Marathon Offers RaceJoy’s Live Tracking on Picturesque Course!

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The 2017 Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon offered RaceJoy’s live GPS tracking and cheer sending for the first time! This popular race weekend offers more than 20 miles of picturesque experience along the American Tobacco Trail in Cary, North Carolina.

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The Tobacco Road race weekend has grown to attract runners from around the world and has donated more than $760,000 to charities, such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, various military veterans’ organizations, and the American Red Cross. The fast, flat nature of the course, ideal running temperatures and picturesque trails draw runners with all fitness levels.

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Photo by Dennis Gelser – Tobacco Road Marathon Facebook Page

This year, participants and spectators were also treated to the interactive, real-time race day features available in RaceJoy.

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550+ Participants carried their phones and used RaceJoy to be tracked during the race and 1,200 supporting friends and family tracked them live as they moved along the course. These 1,750 people made full use out of RaceJoy’s features!

“Just wanted to thank you for this great app! Yesterday I ran the Tobacco Road Half Marathon in Cary, NC. Thanks to the app, my husband and three young kids were able to follow me and show up at the right spot at the right time (which is a challenge with 3 young kids), so my boys were able to finish with me! A great experience and a great memory for the rest of my life. Thanks for helping to make that possible!” –  Petrie T.

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Finisher Photo of Petrie T. – Congratulations!

Participants and spectators who took advantage of RaceJoy received progress alerts at every mile that included information like location, pace and estimated finish time. Participants received these as audio alerts, a helpful feature when out on the course to avoid looking down at a phone. Spectators receive the progress updates as in-app notifications accompanied by a cowbell sound. Over the course of the weekend, 18,000 progress alerts were issued to participants and spectators!

“Sharing my joy as I was only steps from the finish line. Thank you for putting on a great race!” – Jade C.

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Photo provided by Jade. C – Finisher of Tobacco Road Marathon

Another popular feature of RaceJoy is the cheer sending. Users can send fun, prerecorded audio clips or personalized Text-to-Cheer messages in the days leading up to, during and after the race event. The Tobacco Road Marathon users showed some great support by sending more than 2,600 cheers to participants!

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“My first full marathon experience!” – Carmen M.

This is a unique and attractive race option for those seeking to qualify for the Boston Marathon or to achieve a new personal record. Whether it’s your first, like Carmen, or your 50th, the fast, flat course combined with the ideal running temperatures found in spring time in North Carolina make the Tobacco Road Marathon a race you should add to your race list!

Thank you race organizers for including RaceJoy in your 17th running of the Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon! And special thank you to all of you who embraced RaceJoy. We hope it helped to bring a little more joy to a special race.

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Race Organizers:

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).

 

Picturesque Seaside, Florida Offers A Special Race Experience for a Great Cause!

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The Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K is known for its picturesque setting in north Florida. People love doing this race with its out-and-back course featuring quaint beach towns (resembling homes like those in the Truman Show), dune lakes and beautiful beaches. This is the race that you hear about that gives a Vera Bradley gift for all finishers (thanks to Vera Bradley being one of the sponsors). This 2017 event had the special addition of RaceJoy’s live GPS tracking and cheer sending extending the quality experience for spectators to enjoy as well.

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Photos from Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K

Those who downloaded RaceJoy added to their Seaside race weekend with continuous live runner tracking, GPS-based progress alerts that were sent at every mile, fun audio cheers, and official timing scored results delivered in real-time courtesy of the race organizers!

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Participants who carried their phones had the opportunity to let their supporting family and friends live track them, whether at the race site or from the convenience of their home.  RaceJoy’s live phone tracking allows spectators to see their tracked participants’ blue dot move along a map view of the official course in real-time.

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“On March 5th I ran my first 1/2 Marathon. Each mile status provided by RaceJoy, and all the cheers from friends and family kept me going. I can honestly say my race experience would not have been as pleasant without RaceJoy. Thank you Seaside School Half Marathon & 5k and RaceJoy.” – Mary B.

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Congratulations on your first Half Marathon Mary!

Those who used RaceJoy also had the ability to receive progress alerts at every mile along the course. Participants received the alerts in audio format, and spectators received them as in-app notifications. The alerts included information like pace and estimated finish time. For many participants, RaceJoy’s GPS-based progress alerts are a great way to know how they are doing and adjust their pace as needed throughout the event.

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“I participated in the Seaside Half Marathon this weekend. I truly enjoyed using the RaceJoy app so that my family could track me as I ran and cheer me on with the audio messages! It made my race experience even more positive and it helped me track my pace and progress easily.” – Hannah W.

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We are so glad you enjoyed using RaceJoy, Hannah!

Seaside School Half Marathon participants were also able to receive official scored results in RaceJoy within moments of crossing the finish line. Skipping the line for results, participants who used RaceJoy could see their individual race results as well as age group and overall results.

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This is a special race and one race you should definitely add to your list for next year and it is for a great cause. The Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K gives 100% of the race profits to the Seaside School. Seaside is a tuition-free, local neighborhood school serving students who not only live along Hwy. 30-A, but also across Walton County. The Seaside School opened in 1996 to thirty-six students, two faculty members, and one administrator serving students in sixth through eighth grades. Today, the school has expanded to fifth through twelfth grades serving over 330 students and currently looking to add grades K-4.

 

Interested in Offering RaceJoy at Your Event? Check out RaceJoy’s website for information on all the features available to both the race organizers & sponsors and the participants & spectators.

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Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon Brings the Thrill of RaceJoy to the Perfect Winter Event!

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This past weekend, the Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon, presented by Colavita, offered its participants and supporting family and friends the unique RaceJoy experience along with the thrill, entertainment and beauty that encapsulates the race site in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Those who downloaded RaceJoy had access to free live phone tracking, GPS-based progress alerts at every mile and fun audio cheers.

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Participants truly had a unique race experience thanks to the race organizers with the addition of RaceJoy’s interactive race day features combined with the ocean breezes, palm trees, and one of the most famous roads in America.

The A1A Marathon provides participants the perfect winter destination event with warm weather and a fast, scenic course that ends on the beach. The signature event features athletes from around South Florida, from more than 40 states and 12 countries.

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Photo from Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon

The event offers a variety of courses for runners and walkers, including a marathon, half marathon, 5K and Komen’s Run for the Pink 6K.

It was a great weekend for the A1A Marathon, with 4,000 finishers and a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the 70’s. More than 1,800 people used RaceJoy’s interactive race day features. RaceJoy’s live tracking utilizes the participant’s phone as a GPS tracker and allows participants to see exactly where they are on the course in a map view of the official race course.

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Close to 20,000 progress alerts were issued across the various course distances. Participants receive these alerts in audio format and spectators receive in-app notifications along with a cowbell alert sound. The alerts include information like pace and estimated finish time.

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There was some serious support out on the course, from spectators both at the race site and from the comfort of their homes! 2,700 cheers were sent!

The most popular pre-recorded cheer sent at the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon and Half Marathon was You Can Do It!

Check out the cheer:

We’ve heard some great things about this event. If you haven’t participated in the Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon, it’s definitely a bucket list race – especially if you want to get out of the cold! Race organizers make no compromises and offer some of the best entertainment and a vibrant nightlife to host the premier event. Its participants and spectators are treated to South Florida’s beauty, loaded with miles of unobstructed ocean views. The fast, flat course is also ideal for those looking to PR.

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Photos from Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon

Congratulations finishers! We hope you had a great day! A special thanks to the race organizers for offering RaceJoy!

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If you’d like to add your event to RaceJoy, please enable through RaceJoy’s website or your RunSignUp dashboard or contact us at info@racejoy.com.

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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Runners Blasted Off with RaceJoy at the Space Coast Marathon!

49,000 Progress Alerts   –   93% Usage   –   6,500 Cheers   –   1,200 Phones Tracked

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At the 45th anniversary of the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon participants and their supporting friends and family were treated to an out-of-this-world experience with RaceJoy’s interactive race day features. Courtesy of Thales Group, those who downloaded the mobile app had access to RaceJoy’s features for free. With a 93% usage rate (includes spectators and is based upon finishers), 49,000 progress alerts, 6,500 cheers and close to 1,200 phones tracked participants and their friends and family made the most out of RaceJoy on race day!

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The Space Coast Marathon organizers, Running Zone, were among the first to embrace RaceJoy and have been offering the experience at this race to its participants since 2013! Key features participants and supporting friends and family were treated to included:

  • Real-time, live phone tracking – tracking of up to 50 participants on a live map view of the official course.
  • Progress alerts – alerts sent to participants and spectators as they completed the course with information like pace and estimated finish time.
  • Send-a-Cheer – fun pre-recorded or personalized Text-to-Cheer messages sent in audio format.
  • Immediate, official race results – within moments of crossing the finish line, scored results were available in RaceJoy that included individual, age group and overall stats.
  • And so much more!
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49,000 Progress Alerts Sent on Race Day!

Another unique feature of RaceJoy allows participants to post their progress on social media (Facebook and Twitter). Participants can select to post all their stat information for each milestone, just the start and finish, or the alerts without time. Close to 1,000 progress alerts were posted to social media on race day!

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The Space Coast Marathon Weekend offers 26.2- and 13.1-mile options. The event attracts many repeat runners and the half marathon distance sells out every year. Race organizers do a lot to make sure their runners have a high quality experience, where every aspect of the race is thought through and provided for. From amenities like great food for everyone (not just the participants, which makes for a nice family experience) to the great race swag (like the Space Coast Marathon towels) to the advanced race day technology with RaceJoy.

If you’ve yet to participate in this event, the Space Coast Marathon is a bucket list race you should definitely add to your list!

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RaceJoy creators, James and Shelly Harris, landed at the Space Coast Marathon Weekend on Saturday for the expo and made their appearance at the RaceJoy booth on race day.

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We always love coming out to the race sites to meet RaceJoy fans and to cheer on the participants! And we’re not the only ones – almost 6,500 cheers were sent in RaceJoy by supporting family and friends to motivate runners!

While at the race site, we also enjoy hearing stories about what brought them to run and the challenges they have overcome. Many of the people we saw were some of the first to ever use RaceJoy.

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Congratulations finishers of the Space Coast Marathon weekend! A special thank you to Thales Group and Running Zone for including RaceJoy at this year’s event.

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If you’d like to add RaceJoy as part of the race experience for your participants and spectators, you can enable in a few simple steps and at an affordable price by visiting RaceJoy’s Website or your RunSignUp race dashboard.

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