Fastest Runner to Run with RaceJoy! Places First in 2017’s Maine Coast Marathon

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“Being able to share my race experience with my family and others with an improved level of detail via RaceJoy was pretty awesome.”

Rob Gomez

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On May 14, Rob Gomez, placed first and won the Maine Coast Marathon with a finish time of 2:34 averaging 5:54 minute miles. Rob’s time would have been even less if it weren’t for an unintentional detour at the race caused by a volunteer accidently sending people the wrong way (something we actually see more than you would expect and something all race organizers and runners clearly wish to avoid). It was a cold and rainy day and Rob chose to run with his phone and use RaceJoy so that his family could track his location and progress since they could not make it to the race site.

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We get some of the faster elite runners using RaceJoy, but many prefer not to carry their phone and are concerned that the extra weight might slow them down. Clearly, this was not an issue for Rob as he flew through the course.

We asked Rob a few questions about using RaceJoy…

-Why did you use RaceJoy?

Both my mom and my daughter wanted to follow my progress in the race but neither could make it to the course to watch in person. So, I thought using the RaceJoy app would be a great way for them to follow my progress more closely from afar than more traditional online tracking methods allow.

-Were you concerned that carrying your phone would slow you down?

A little bit, but I had run with my phone in my hand on numerous occasions before, even during workouts, and I realized that it didn’t bother me that much to carry it that way. It was raining pretty hard on race day so before the race I just started the tracking on the app and then put my phone in a Ziploc bag before stuffing it in an iPhone carrying arm band. The phone stayed perfectly dry and the arm band kept the phone close to my shoulder and therefore closer to my center of mass; that way, I was able to expend less energy carrying the phone during the race (as opposed to carrying it in my hand). Besides, an iPhone 6S is only a little over 3oz, so we’re not talking a lot of weight. In the end, carrying the phone didn’t bother me at all. An extra 3oz of weight isn’t going to slow anyone down very much – we’re talking maybe a few seconds over the course of an entire marathon. I was more than willing to make that trade-off.

-What was your experience with using RaceJoy? Did you like it? Did those tracking you like using it?

RaceJoy has a very easy-to-use and self-explanatory interface and it performed exactly how I expected it would. Not only were my family members able to follow along without any trouble, I found out after I had finished that other folks were following my progress as well on the app. Being able to share my race experience with my family and others with an improved level of detail via RaceJoy was pretty awesome.

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RaceJoy was designed to meet the needs of all runners. Our initial planning meetings included a product roadmap that met the needs of what we call the “Serious Steves”, the “Novice Nancies”, and the “Fit & Fun Fran & Frank”. Where cheers may mean a lot to the first time marathoner, the Serious Steve may be more interested in just having the ability for others to track his/her progress with mile splits.

If we could, we also would recognize the slowest runner/walker in RaceJoy since those coming in last have an equally impressive story to tell. We’ve talked to many of you and know the struggles you have faced and the determination it takes to keep going and complete the goal you set out to accomplish. During the race, we live monitor the race field from RaceJoy’s monitoring system and we don’t stop until the last runner is in. If you are in the last of the pack and are using RaceJoy, know that one of us is tracking you and rooting you on!

For those of you that would like some coaching guidance on your running, Rob is actually a personal coach and offers a variety of options for all types of runners that you can do with him remotely. He has a strong background in running and in 2013 was New England Runner Magazine’s Maine Runner of the Year. Clearly, he knows what he is doing! You can find more information here: https://www.easternshoretraining.com/.

Thanks, Rob, and all of you who use RaceJoy and continue to support us in changing the race experience. We will catch you at the next race!

Special thanks to Maine Coast Marathon race organizers and Shipyard Brewing Company for offering RaceJoy again this year and being one of the original races to bring RaceJoy to Maine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RaceJoy Issues New Relay Team Release

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Newest Breakthrough for Relay Team Tracking Now Available

April 28, 2017 – Moorestown, NJ – RunSignUp’s mobile application, RaceJoy, announces its newest relay team live tracking release for running, walking and cycling events. RaceJoy is the industry’s leading race day technology solution with live tracking, cheer sending and race day monitoring. This newest release offers the ability to tie relay teams’ phones together in a virtual format and provides continual team progress alerts. In addition, race organizers are now able to actively monitor the relay teams and directly communicate with participants through RaceJoy’s Race Day Monitoring system.

“RaceJoy continues to introduce technology industry breakthroughs and this release is yet another RaceJoy industry first. This ability to provide continual performance information to a team and those tracking them without any added equipment other than a phone is incredible. The possibilities of what RaceJoy can bring to a race are endless, and there truly is no other solution out there like RaceJoy,” said Bob Bickel, the founder of RunSignUp.

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Get the Scoop on the RaceJoy Tools Available for the Race Operations Team!

We’ve taken RaceJoy’s foundational live Race Day features that are focused on the participant experience and repurposed them to provide powerful information for race operations.

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The key features available for Race Organizers are:

Tracking:

  • In-app live GPS tracking of race operations team

Monitoring:

  • At-a-glance view of race operations and participants on the course
  • Performance stats at your finger tips
  • Off-Course Alerts
  • Participant Route Replay

Communications:

  • In-app audio messaging through Send-a-Cheer
  • Direct audio messaging to participants and race operations
  • Race News communications tool

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So how can some of these tools help you? Read below for a short synopsis and watch this video for detail on how to get the most out of RaceJoy’s innovative and interactive features for the race management team.

 

Live Tracking

Available during race hours, race organizers have the ability to use RaceJoy to track the race operations team – for example, the lead and tail vehicles, the race director and emergency personnel. You can do this through the app so you have the flexibility to freely move about on race day, while staying connected and informed.

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Monitoring

Another way to track the race operations team is through the monitoring system on your RaceJoy dashboard.  From this system, you can also track participants who are using RaceJoy. The Race Day Monitoring System provides an at-a-glance view of those using RaceJoy and the ability to instantly access performance information like pace and estimated finish time. You can also access global stats like how many people have passed certain milestones.

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Through the monitoring system, race organizers can also receive off-course alerts when a participant goes off course. This is helpful in understanding problem areas on your course for next year. Another feature of the monitoring system is the participant route replay. This is a valuable tool for verifying the path a person took and is often used as a backup when issues occur with bib tags not reading at the timing points along the course.

 

Communications

Through RaceJoy, race organizers have the ability to instantly communicate with race operations and with participants in a number of ways.  Race operations using RaceJoy can send instant audio messages through the Send-a-Cheer section of the app. By using text-to-cheer, you can send custom messages that will be played in audio format within seconds of sending.

Similar to the in-app audio messages, race organizers can also send individual audio messages to specific race operations personnel or to specific race participants through the monitoring system. You can also select more of a mass audio delivery such sending to the entire race operations team or to all those that are doing a specific course, like a marathon.

Race organizers also have a Race News System with RaceJoy, where important race news can be issued on a mass scale to anyone who enters the event in RaceJoy, including participants, spectators and race operations personnel. These are sent out as in-app notifications and appear like text messages. These alerts can be pre-scheduled or sent out instantly.

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If you’d like to know more information about how to use these tools, please Watch the video here.

Let us know if you have any questions about how you can get the most out of RaceJoy. We are happy to help! Send emails to info@racejoy.com.

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RaceJoy’s Monitoring System Now with Participant Replay

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RunSignUp’s RaceJoy, an industry leading mobile application for running, cycling and triathlon events, announces Participant Replay as part of its Race Day Monitoring system. This new feature gives race organizers and timers the ability to replay the exact path of those participants using RaceJoy’s GPS tracking on race day. RaceJoy focuses on offering an interactive race day experience and includes the most advanced form of race day tracking available along with cheer sending. RaceJoy’s race day monitoring system enables event management with the ability to monitor participants’ progress and to interact real-time with the race operations team.

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RaceJoy Announces Off Course Alerts

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We are very excited to share the latest RaceJoy innovation – off course alerts! This will help race organizers to manage race day operations by seeing if they have a trouble spot on the course and help keep participants on the course route. Races can also request to have off course alerts issued in audio format to participants. We’ve launched this feature to respond to concerns shared with us from trail and ultra distance races. More information about this new feature is available in this press release.

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Queen Bee Half Marathon Participants Buzzed with Race Joy!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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 sent including great usage of our Halloween cheers for October! What an un-bee-lievable show of support!

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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.

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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.

More information about offering RaceJoy is available here.

 

New RaceJoy Race Day Monitoring System

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We are very excited to share that our first version of RaceJoy’s Race Day Monitoring system is now available for race organizers who offer RaceJoy’s live tracking! Organizers can track runners/cyclists and the race operations team live from a web console and have immediate access to information to help them manage race operations and respond to race day conditions.

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Organizers are able to see the exact location of its race operations team, including the lead and tail vehicle, and other key personnel. In addition, with a click of a button, organizers have a global view of participants out on the course, and access to the number of race participants who have passed certain milestones to better project the support needs on the course. Individual race participant progress information, including location, pace and estimated finish time is provided for every participant who uses RaceJoy.

Race organizers can also bring their race field to life for those who are on the race grounds by projecting the view of race participant’s traveling the course to a large screen display at the race site.

Soon to be released features include Off Course Alert System and Participant Replay. RaceJoy’s new Race Day Monitoring System is included with RaceJoy’s buyout option at no additional charge.

See the press release for more information…