Geo-Positioning of Customized Audio Messages to Participants
May 26, 2017 – Moorestown, NJ – RunSignUp’s race day mobile application, RaceJoy, announces its newest feature, custom Cheer Points, for race organizers of running, walking and cycling events. Race organizers can now schedule custom audio messages to be delivered to participants’ phones at designated geographic positions along the event’s course. RaceJoy is the industry’s leading race day technology solution with live, real-time tracking, GPS-based progress alerts, audio cheer sending, and race day monitoring for the operations team. This newest feature gives the ability for race organizers to creatively engage with participants and innovatively to showcase sponsors.
RaceJoy’s latest release breaks new ground for relay teams and runners at this Connecticut race were able to be the first to experience it!
Ion Bank Cheshire Road Races
Cheshire Road Races offers a half marathon, a 2-person 13.1 relay and a 5k. A flat and fast scenic course that runs through Cheshire and Hamden Connecticut, the event takes place on significant stretches of the historic Farmington Canal Trail.
RaceJoy’s newest release focuses on providing live tracking and progress updates for a relay team regardless of the number of people in the team.
Plus, participants at Cheshire Road Races were able to take advantage of two ways to be tracked using RaceJoy:
GPS tracking of each member’s actual location on the course using the live phone tracking feature.
Team progress alerts as members pass over milestones throughout the course using the GPS-based progress alert feature. RaceJoy does this by virtually tying the team members’ phones together.
Individual participant tracking was also available and was fully embraced by runners with more than 4,500 progress alerts being issued!
RaceJoy’s latest release offers a simplified way to bring real-time performance and split information to the team and those who are tracking them. The key of this release was to allow individuals to carry and use their own phone, versus using additional tracking hardware.
People simply use RaceJoy on race day by selecting the leg they are completing and clicking Start My Leg when they begin their leg. This begins the clock for that leg and automatically issues out progress alerts at every mile for running events and every five miles for cycling event.
Thank you to race organizers of Ion Bank Cheshire Road Races for including us in this years’ events and congratulations finishers on a job well done!
RaceJoy continues to bring innovation to the race industry and is laser focused on the race day experience. This is just one of the many releases RaceJoy has planned focused on relay teams.
Race Organizers: If you’re interested in having your relay event loaded in RaceJoy, check out our website for more information or your RunSignUp dashboard. Please note that we require a minimum two-week load time prior to the race start date and the official course map in GPX/KML format.
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!
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!
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.
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 cheerswere sent on race day connecting supporting family and friends with participants real-time as they completed the course.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations finishers! We hope you had a great day! A special thanks to the race organizers for offering RaceJoy!
If you’d like to add your event to RaceJoy, please enable through RaceJoy’s website or your RunSignUp dashboard or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Industry’s Leading Race Day Tracking App Announces Race Search Tool
RunSignUp’s RaceJoy announces its newest release of RaceJoy, the leading real-time tracking app for running and cycling events. RaceJoy’s new version now offers runners and cyclists with a convenient race calendar of upcoming events. All race events that use RunSignUp’s registration services will automatically appear in RaceJoy’s calendar providing free advertising in RaceJoy along with in app registration. RaceJoy is an open platform with plans to integrate with other registration providers to expand the race listing.
The Queen Bee Half Marathon on Saturday, October 8th buzzed through Cincinnati as more than 3,000 finishers took to the streets. Race organizers of the Flying Pig Marathon are also the hosts of this weekend’s women’s half marathon and offered RaceJoy’s interactive race day experience to their participants and spectators for free for the second time this year.
Organizers offered RaceJoy at the Queen Bee Half in 2015, its inaugural running, and the response continues to be very positive. Nearly 1,500 participants and spectators used RaceJoy this year for its live phone tracking, GPS-based progress alerts and Send-a-Cheer features.
Each participant of the half marathon and 4-miler events were able to access RaceJoy to be live tracked by their supporting family and friends as they moved along the course. Participants carry their phones and spectators can see where they are in real-time on the race’s official course map.
Participants are also able to receive progress updates that are based on the GPS location of their phone and include information like pace and estimated finish time. Queen Bee Half Marathon alerts were issued at every mile. More than 15,000 alerts were sent to participants and their supporting family and friends!
Participants can also choose to post these progress updates to their personal Facebook and Twitter walls in real-time. More than 250 alerts were posted to social media during the event!
The Send-a-Cheer feature is a RaceJoy favorite, allowing spectators to send fun, motivational audio cheers to their tracked participants. Almost 3,000 cheers were sentincluding great usage of our Halloween cheers for October! What an un-bee-lievable show of support!
Check out these popular Halloween cheers!
The cheer feature also allows users to send custom Text-to-Cheer messages allowing personalized messages to be sent in audio format.
The Queen Bee Half Marathon is on a mission to promote the fun of fitness while raising support and funds for local charities that focus on women. The race weekend included plenty of pampering, swag and fun – all the perfect ingredients for a great girls’ weekend.
The event offers a half marathon and 4-mile course that starts and ends at JACK Casino, buzzes through some of Cincinnati’s historic and scenic neighborhoods, and is lined with entertainment from bands and DJs.
Thank you race organizers for embracing RaceJoy and providing this one-of-a-kind race day experience for your participants and spectators!
Interested in RaceJoy for Your Race?
RaceJoy has moved to a free-only model for participants and spectators. If you’d like to offer RaceJoy at your upcoming race, affordable pricing options are available for any race or sponsor to offer the interactive experience. Innovative tools for race organizers are also included, such as race day monitoring, race operations team tracking and news alert system. Watch this overview to learn more.
This past weekend participants and their supporting family and friends made full use of RaceJoy to add to their race experience at the Wineglass Marathon. Held on October 2, the destination race was located in the heart of the Finger Lakes and is a point-to-point course starting in Bath, NY traveling the valley and finishing on historic Market Street in Corning, NY. As part of their 35th year celebration, Wineglass Marathon race organizers offered RaceJoy’s interactive race day features courtesy of Simmons-Rockwell Nissan Superstore.
The Wineglass Marathon hosted4,600 runners and walkers across its course offerings. Participants and their supporting fans fully embraced RaceJoy with close to 5,100 people using RaceJoy’s features on race day, representing a 111% usage rate. With close to 70,000 Progress alerts, 9,500 cheers and 1,600 social media posts participants demonstrated an energetic adoption of RaceJoy’s race day technology.
“I absolutely loved that app. Me and my friends used it on Sunday… Hope the app becomes popular because I would love to use it for the NYC marathon and the NYC triathlon. Thanks for the best app ever!!!” – Cindy C.
Participants of the event and their supporting friends and family had access to RaceJoy’s live, real-time runner and walker tracking on an interactive course map. More than 1,200 participants opted to carry their phones and be tracked on race day.
Click to See Live Tracking:
Users of the app were also able to receive GPS-based progress alerts, including information like pace and estimated finish time. The progress alerts for the Wineglass Marathon Weekend were issued every mile and close 68,000 progress alerts were issuedacross all courses during the event.
For spectators, the alerts are issued as in-app notifications. For the runners, the alerts are issued in audio format so they can hear the information as they run without having to look at their phones.
“My friend and I ran the wineglass half marathon and our marathon-running friends were able to see our mile splits as we began our race and we were able to see their progress as they racked up 26.2 miles! It helped us time our recovery, so we could meet the marathoners and cheer them on at the finish line! Yay! We’re big fans!” – Anne R.
Participants have the option to post these alerts to their personal Facebook and Twitter walls in real-time. The alerts can be posted with or without the pace and at every mile or just the start and finish. About 1,600 progress updates were posted to Facebook and Twitter.
Another RaceJoy feature includes Send-a-Cheer, in which spectators can send fun, pre-recorded audio cheer clips or personalized Text-to-Cheer messages to their tracked participants in the days leading up to, and during, the event. Nearly 10,000 cheers were sent over the course of the weekend showing a very engaged and supportive group!
“My kids and husband were 5 hours away but I felt like they were there. Seriously dragging at mile 11 and I hear “Go Mommy! Are you at mile 11 already, that is crazy! We are so proud of you! “. It was just the boost I needed to finish! Thanks for letting them participate with me.” – Jen M.
The weekend offers many course options for runners of all abilities, including a marathon, half marathon, 8K and 5K.
A special thanks to Simmons-Rockwell Nissan Superstore for providing RaceJoy for Wineglass Marathon participants and their supporting family and friends! Congratulations to all the amazing runners and walkers and all the positive feedback you’ve shared with us!
If you’d like to offer RaceJoy at an upcoming event, you can easily load your race through RaceJoy’s Website or on your race’s RunSignUp dashboard. Note: we require a two-week lead time and an electronic copy of your course map(s) in KML/GPX format.