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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Kick off the Holiday Season with a Halloween Themed Race in RaceJoy!

Whether your race is eerily screeching past October or ringing in the New Year, the fall and winter holidays offer the perfect chance for participants and spectators to get out and enjoy the change of seasons. Races across the country are embracing the holiday season through running, walking and cycling experiences that also offer RaceJoy.

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Adding to the fun race experience of costumes and themed post-race celebrations, race organizers are offering RaceJoy’s live phone tracking, progress alerts and cheers!

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Each runner, walker and cyclist who carries their phone will have access to RaceJoy’s interactive race day features.

For those family and friends who prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes during the cold winter seasons, RaceJoy allows them to stay connected to their loved ones out on the course by tracking them live on a map view as their blue dot moves along the course. Users can also get updated on tracked participants’ progress with in-app notifications that provide continual updates with pace and estimated finish time.

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So, whether you want to track them along the course from home and motivate remotely or brave the cold to greet them at the finish, RaceJoy can help make your race day experience easier!

Supporting family and friends can also motivate their tracked participants by sending fun, prerecorded audio cheers or personalized Text-to-Cheer messages.

RaceJoy loves the holiday season, and we’ve got you covered with special cheers for each season. Don’t be too scared to try the sample Halloween cheer below!

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Kicking off the holiday season includes Halloween and costume races such as:

Races! Don’t miss out on the chance to offer RaceJoy’s advanced tracking features to your participants and spectators. Affordable pricing options are available for any race or sponsor to offer the interactive race day experience. Innovative tools for race organizers are available including race day monitoring and race operations management. For more information about offering RaceJoy, click here or watch this video overview.

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35th Anniversary Wineglass Marathon Offers Unbeatable Race Day Experience with RaceJoy!

111% Usage Rate      77,000 Page Views      68,000 Progress Updates       9,500 Cheers!

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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.

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This page was viewed 77,000 times!

The Wineglass Marathon hosted 4,600 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.

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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 issued across 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.

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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.

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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!

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“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.

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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!

Want to Offer RaceJoy’s Live Tracking?

Here is RaceJoy overview video for more information.

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.

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RaceJoy Releases Split Pace Alerts!

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RaceJoy is rolling out split pace alerts for those using GPS-based progress alerts. RaceJoy’s progress alerts are typically issued at every mile for running and walking events and every five to 10 miles for cycling and longer distance events. The alerts include information like location, elapsed time, overall average pace, estimated finish time, and now, current split pace time between the course points.

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Users of RaceJoy have requested this feature be added so they could manage their performance during the race. By providing real-time split pace information participants can gauge if they need to slow down or pick up their pace to meet personal race goals.

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The alerts RaceJoy issues are sent to participants in audio format. Click to hear a sample!

Play a Sample Alert:

RaceJoy offers many other interactive race day features, including live, real-time participant tracking on the race’s official course.

Spectators also receive progress alerts for tracked participants. These are provided as in-app notifications.

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Other race day features include Send-a-Cheer, allowing supporting family and friends to send fun, motivational cheers, NearMe alerts and MeetUp. To learn more about all the race day features available in RaceJoy, download the app to begin exploring today.

Many of RaceJoy’s features, like the new current split pace, come from the participants sharing their needs for race information and ideas about race day interaction. Feel free to share any of your ideas by sending an email to rockstar@racejoy.com.

Together, we are changing the race experience!

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Send Roy a Cheer through RaceJoy!

5 Marathons in 29 Hours

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Roy Wiegand is running the equivalent of five marathons in 29 hours (a total of approximately 131 miles) all by himself and without stops starting in Burbank, California. He started his run this morning on June 3 at 7am Pacific Time. He is embarking on this quest to raise $15,000 for the Michael Heflin Foundation on behalf of Christopher Wilke, who passed away of cancer on March 20, 2014.

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Roy is using RaceJoy so that people can track his progress live. As our runners know, 29 hours is a long time to be out on the road! So, send Roy a cheer by looking up Roy’s Run for Christopher in RaceJoy. You can also donate to the foundation by clicking on the Donate Now banner ad. Every little bit helps!

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This is the third time Roy is embarking on this quest and this year is an especially challenging as his mom passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago. Let’s show him our support and encourage him during this difficult time and share our appreciation for this steadfast dedication to such an important cause.

Roy will be stopping at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Children’s Hospital Orange County and makes a round trip back to the Burbank Tennis Center where there will be celebration with a carnival, food and games on June 4th.  All funds raised from this event go directly to support the Michael Hoefflin Foundation and our services.

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Thanks, Roy, your efforts to make a difference. Our hearts and prayers are with you! And our prayers go to Christopher’s family who lost a sweet soul at a young age.

“Runcation” with a Destination Race Experience

With so many races to choose from, runners often select races that can offer something truly personal to add to the race day experience not only for themselves, but also for their supporting family and friends – like planning a vacation around the race weekend.

Many races are now finding ways to offer a look into the uniqueness of the local community and to provide different course distance options for participants with varying athletic abilities. These types of races focus on an increasingly popular aspect of running –  a socially shared experience with a focus on quality and scenic destinations.

We’ve seen races truly committed to offering the highest quality, personal experience they can for the participants and spectators – these races tend to be the ones that want to offer RaceJoy. The Grand Canyon Half, organized by Vacation Races, and the Santa Barbara Marathon, organized by Destination Races, are two examples of races this past weekend that focused on providing a unique destination race experience.

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Grand Canyon Half Marathon

The Grand Canyon Half is part of the National Park Half Marathon Series and this past weekend the race helped celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday! If you’ve ever been to the Grand Canyon, you know that it is a truly unique and breathtaking place in our country. Race organizers provided RaceJoy as a complimentary service to participants and spectators for access to free live tracking, progress alerts and cheers.

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The Grand Canyon Half Marathon is a trail race that offers runners and walkers an unbeatable nature run in Tusayan, AZ. The course is run right on the border of the national park, since access to run inside the park boundaries is not permitted. It takes place in the Kaibab National Forest. As part of the experience, participants were offered the ability with RaceJoy to be live tracked and receive progress alerts at every mile along the course with information like pace and estimated finish time based on their GPS location – 4,100 alerts were sent!

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An interesting statistic – people spend only about 20 minutes looking at the Grand Canyon before moving on. This could be because people are used to hiking up for a spectacular view, not down. If you’ve never hiked below the rim of the Grand Canyon, this may be a bucket list addition for you after you do the run, of course!

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Vacation Races organizes nine races each year, all centered around a different National Park. Their goal is to change perspectives and provide an opportunity for runners to experience the gorgeous parks across the country. The race organizers are dedicated to convenience and innovation – evident through their cup-free policy, refund options, and by providing RaceJoy at its races.

Vacation Races organizes the following races throughout the year:

 

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

The Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon offers an ideal destination running experience as well. Every year, the race is held in early May on Mother’s Day weekend, providing the perfect time to visit the Santa Ynez Valley for an outdoor recreational “runcation” and enjoy the local vineyards. This race provided RaceJoy’s live tracking features to participants and spectators for a  99 cents in-app fee.

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The scenic course runs from downtown Santa Ynez through Los Olivos into the Danish-settled town of Solvang. The valley offers plenty to do, including the beach, hiking, biking, running trails, historic towns, shopping and restaurants, and of course, an abundance of wineries and tasting rooms. The alerts were sent at every mile along the course to participants who opted for the live phone tracking and GPS-based progress alerts – 1,240 alerts were sent.

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It’s a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day together to enjoy a weekend full of activities and to celebrate at the expanded post-race Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park.

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Destination Races organizes eight races across the country, taking runners to some of the finest regions in the world, providing an opportunity to smell, taste and feel the terrain of each unique destination. Each race event is crafted to provide something new.

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Dedicated to quality, all the Wine Country Half Marathons have limited fields, ensuring a stress-free environment while enjoying wine country ambiance and a thrilling race day experience. Race organizers partner with tourism related businesses in the regions to showcase a local bounty, creating a wine, culinary, and fitness themed “runcation.”

Destination Races organizes the following races throughout the year:

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Each of these race organizations offers a unique race experience for participants and spectators to plan a vacation around. One of the best things about these races is that you know there will be consistencies in the quality of the service and a dedication to providing the best possible race day experience at each race. So, if you are planning a family vacation or a girls’ weekend away, both offer options to experience beautiful parts of United States.

Thank you race organizers for providing a one-of-a-kind experience for participants to share with friends and family and for your dedication to quality and innovation. Together, we are changing the race experience!

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If you’d like to offer RaceJoy at your race, click here. All we need is an accurate electronic course map (GPX or KML) and two weeks lead time. Affordable buyout options are available for race organizers and sponsors who wish to offer RaceJoy’s advanced tracking and cheers as a free service to participants and spectators. There is also a free-to-the-race option in which the participants and spectators pay a per race in-app upgrade fee of 99 cents (must have at least one course that is 10K or greater).