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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Want to expand your race day communications? RaceJoy has the answer!

RaceJoy offers a variety of communications options that offer real-time messaging with a highly engaged audience of participants, their supporting family and friends, and your race operations team.

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From pre-loaded text formatted messages that reach the masses to individualized text-to-audio messages, you now have a communication system that provides powerful assistance in managing your race day experience.

Mass Communication News Alerts: Races can send important race news to everyone who has entered their race in RaceJoy – participants, spectators and race operations. These are issued as an in-app notifications and appear like a text message with a one-click action to a formatted multimedia message. Messages can be pre-loaded and scheduled ahead of time or issued on-the-fly as needed.

The format of the messages can include text, images, URL’s and links to websites, videos, etc. Race organizers manage these messages from their RaceJoy dashboard shown below.

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2. Participant Only, Instant Text-to-Audio Messages: These are sent as needed on race day and can be sent to the following:

  • Direct to individual participants
  • Mass message to all participants in a particular course

Messages are typed in by the race organizer or timer in RaceJoy’s Race Day Monitoring System. The race organizer types in the desired message and it is played instantly in audio format through the RaceJoy app. The ability to communicate directly to a participant on race day is a major breakthrough for the industry and is extremely helpful in situations where an individual has gone off course, a personal emergency has occurred or there is a change in plans for the race like with impending weather.

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3. Race Operations, Instant Text-To Audio Communication: There are two ways to use RaceJoy to communicate with the race operations team on race day:

  1. Team member to team member: race personnel can send instant audio messages to each other in the app while they are out on the course by using RaceJoy’s Text-to-Cheer feature.
  2. Race management to team member: The race manager or timer can send instant text-to-audio messages through RaceJoy’s Race Day Monitoring system.

The race operations team can also track one another by using the GPS tracking feature in RaceJoy. To use the communications tools and tracking tools, the team members need to click “I Want to Be Tracked” and login as a race participant. Most races will use the role they are performing (Lead, tail, Sag Wagon, Race Director, etc.) or a code name (Top Dog, Who’s the Boss, etc.) instead of their real name.

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Messages can be reviewed or replayed at any time by going to the Buzz Section in the RaceJoy app.

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Many races use RaceJoy as part of their formal emergency communications plan. For example, some will pre-load emergency contingency messages should they need to close the course due to weather conditions.

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A few races have used RaceJoy to help communicate course closures due to poor weather conditions. In one instance, we were told by the race director that the participants and spectators at their race knew the course needed to close due to lightning before the police did because of RaceJoy’s messaging system.

Since RaceJoy involves high engagement and social sharing, it makes for a very effective platform for race day communications.

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“I love the app. I think it is seriously an awesome feature and I’m happy we were able to collaborate with you on enhancing our offering to those involved in this event.” –  Scranton Running Co.

If you have questions or want to learn more about all the race day communications and race organizer features available in RaceJoy, feel free to watch this How-To Tutorial on the Race Day Monitoring System or send us an email at info@racejoy.com.

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!

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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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RaceJoy Debuts Race Calendar Release

mainentryIndustry’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.

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RaceJoy’s Monitoring System Now with Participant Replay

monitoringvisual_bkgdReleased for Race Day Event Management

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 Race Day Communications Breakthrough

Race Day Audio Messaging Through Mobile Platform

monitoringvisual_bkgdDecember 20, 2016 – Moorestown, NJ – RunSignUp’s RaceJoy leading race day mobile application announces its direct audio messaging as part of its Race Day monitoring system for race organizers of running, cycling and triathlon events. As part of RaceJoy’s Race Day monitoring system race organizers are now able to instantly communicate with specific participants and the race operations team that are using RaceJoy on race day. This direct communication capability is one of the latest breakthroughs the mobile application has brought to the road race industry in recent years.

To continue reading the press release, click here.

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