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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Madison Marathon Ran with RaceJoy!

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Ever run a race and wish you had a little help from your friends or a way to motivate you through a rough spot? Well, that is what RaceJoy was built for and this last weekend’s Madison Marathon and Half Marathon participants made full use of it!

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During the Madison Marathon weekend, nearly 3,000 people used RaceJoy and more than 4,300 motivational audio cheers were sent real-time!

Ashley D. ran her first half marathon, using RaceJoy to connect with her daughter. Here’s her RaceJoy story…

“This was my first ever run, and I went straight for the Madison Half Marathon. I also injured my hip just before mile 6, and by mile 8 and 9 I was ready to quit – at the very least not able to run anymore. Just as I was telling myself to make it until help came around, a cheer was read that had come from my daughter – and it made all the difference. Although I had to continue walking, I was able to pick up speed, and complete the 13.1 miles within a reasonable amount of my original goal. Knowing they were there waiting, I knew I couldn’t quit. Thank you for making this available to us!”

— Ashley D.

Thank you Ashley for sharing your experience and congratulations on your first half marathon!

RaceJoy issued progress updates at every mile during the full and half marathon courses. Alerts included information like current location, pace and estimated finish time. More than 37,400 GPS-based progress alerts were sent at the Madison Marathon weekend. Now that’s a lot of updates!

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Another Madison Marathon runner, in his 17th marathon, used RaceJoy for the first time last weekend…

I downloaded the app for the first time for a race this weekend. I used the progress report, cheers and tracking features for my family. It was great. I had no technical issues and I could leave my phone in the back of my belt pouch and still hear the updates and the cheers come through. This is a great tool. And the cheer feature would be awesome on courses where it is hard for spectators to get around or if you are at a race solo.”

Here at RaceJoy, we love hearing runners’ stories – share yours at rockstar@racejoy.com. And help us to spread the word by sharing your experience in the App store!

 

The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series Helps to Encourage Race Participants with RaceJoy!

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The Biggest Loser RunWalk race series offers a motivational, non-intimidating race experience at multiple premier destination locations across the country and throughout the year. Organized by former contestants of “The Biggest Loser,” Dan and Jackie Evans, the race series includes a variety of race distances, including 5K’s, 10K’s, Half Marathons, Off-Road Challenges and Kids’ Races. The Biggest Loser RunWalk race series encourages people of all fitness levels to achieve their fitness goals.

As part of the 2015 race series experience, race organizers have been working with RaceJoy to ensure course maps for each RunWalk event are loaded into the RaceJoy platform so that participants can add to their race experience with its race-centric features like real-time GPS tracking, progress alerts at every mile and fun audio cheers. Each of The Biggest Loser RunWalk 2015 races will be available in RaceJoy.

Many  who participate in The Biggest Loser RunWalk races have put forth tremendous determination and discipline to get to race day. For some, this will be their very first race and it is a special day that can be filled with an uncertain anticipation combined with a “Let’s Do This!” excitement. RaceJoy helps to add to this very special day by connecting the runner/walker with their friends and family throughout the race experience.

Live phone tracking at The Biggest Loser Run/Walk race in Erie, Pennsylvania on June 6, 2015.

How fast a participant goes may vary, but regardless of their fitness level, each have a common goal: Start and finish the race. What happens in between varies by the runner or walker. It varies based on their individual fitness levels, emotional and physical state and even what they had to eat that day. RaceJoy’s main role is to help with the time between start and finish. To encourage the participant by giving them real-time updates on their progress and motivate them with the knowledge that others are tracking their progress live and sharing in their experience even if they aren’t there at the race site. There is something uniquely motivating about knowing someone is watching you. It confirms they care about you and what you are going through and helps propel you along.

Live phone tracking at The Biggest Loser Run/Walk Mobile, Alabama on April 19, 2015.

The cheers sent through RaceJoy further communicate to the participant that their friends and family are still there watching them and wishing them well. RaceJoy cheers sent at this last weekend’s Biggest Loser RunWalk race in Erie, Pennsylvania included:

  • You Can Do it!
  • Chin Up!
  • And Never Give Up!
  • Go Mommie Go!

If you are thinking about participating in your first running/walking endurance race, you may want to check out the Biggest Loser RunWalk premier destination race options that are coming up across the country. As the name suggests, walkers are welcome and equally encouraged to participate. The next race is in Rockford, Illinois and then in Killington, Vermont. Note: To use RaceJoy’s features there is a 99 cents, per race fee and the participant must carry his/her phone and activate tracking on race day.

Biggest Loser RunWalk website: http://www.biggestloserrunwalk.com