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!

 

Half Marathons Offering Industry’s Most Advanced Live Tracking this Weekend!

Half marathons in states stretching across the country are offering RaceJoy’s innovative live GPS tracking, from Florida to Michigan to California!

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Half marathons continue to be a very popular race in the United States and appeal to runners of all fitness abilities. According to Running USA, the 13.1 is the second most popular running distance and 5Ks continue to be the most popular.

With such a high demand by runners, it’s no surprise that the majority of races available in RaceJoy this weekend are half marathons:

RaceJoy offers the most advanced form of tracking available in the running industry. With RaceJoy, participants and their supporting family and friends have access to live, real-time tracking of up to 50 participants on a map view in addition to progress updates provided at every mile on the course.

The live tracking feature utilizes the race’s official race course and notifies participants of their progress with information like pace and estimated finish time.

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The GPS-based progress alerts are issued to the participants in audio format so they can get the information without looking at their phone. Spectators receive the alerts as in-app notifications. Spectators can also zoom into the interactive map to see the exact location of their runner.

Click the below to hear the audio progress alert:

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Through RaceJoy, participants and spectators can also send cheers instantaneously and can send either pre-recorded cheer clips or custom Text-to-Cheer messages. Participants and fans use this feature as a way to connect and show support before, during and after the race.

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If you’re interested in adding your race to RaceJoy and offering the most form of advanced runner tracking for participants and spectators, affordable pricing options are available for any race or sponsor to offer this experience. Innovative tools for race organizers are also included such as race day monitoring, tracking race operations team and a news alert system. Contact us at info@racejoy.com.

Watch this overview to learn more.

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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 Transitioning to “Free Only” Experience for Participants and Spectators

RunSignUp is changing RaceJoy’s business model to offer a “free only” experience for participants and spectators. Previously, race events were able to either purchase the buyout option or choose a consumer model where the participant and spectator paid an in-app upgrade fee of 99 cents for RaceJoy’s features. Key user features include continuous live tracking, GPS-based progress alerts and cheer sending.

The consumer model option will be phased out by the end of 2016 and will only be available for 2016 events that have already been loaded into RaceJoy. Going forward, race events that wish to have RaceJoy’s innovative race day experience will be required to offer the experience as a free service by purchasing the buyout option. RaceJoy’s pricing is set to be affordable for any race and includes significant value for the race itself.

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Why are we doing this?  

Consistent Experience

There are many reasons that led to the decision to move to this free-to-consumers model. One of the main motivations is to ease user confusion and potential frustration – participants and spectators are often confused when some races are providing free tracking and cheers and others are not. Having a consistent, “always free” app will help overcome this.

Affordable Innovation

Participants are expecting some type of tracking to be provided and RaceJoy offers the most innovative solution in the industry. The buyout price is competitively set so that any race can afford to purchase the buyout or have a sponsor cover the cost.

Higher Engagement

In addition, those races that choose the buyout can more easily promote the availability of RaceJoy to all of their participants and spectators. We have seen much wider adoption and better feedback for races who offer a free option.

Race Value

Another key reason for this adjustment is that RaceJoy is offering a lot of value not just to the participants and their supporting family and friends, but for the race as well. From sponsor promotion to race day monitoring, we are continuing to build and expand the features that help race operations. All of this requires significant resources in development and support. Some key offerings available through RaceJoy for the race and sponsor include:

Race Day Monitoring:

The RaceJoy Race Day Monitoring tool provides organizers with the ability to track runners/cyclists and operational staff live from a web console and have immediate access to information to manage race operations and respond to race day conditions. See more about this tool by reading this blog… 

Value for Sponsors:

RaceJoy provides a powerful way to provide sponsor promotion with a highly engaged and expanded audience through in-app advertising and branding opportunities.

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Race Promotion:

RaceJoy provides an opportunity for the race to attract more registrants and to reach each participants’ network of family and friends through its race listing in RaceJoy, social media promotion and through every GPS-based progress alert issued on the course.

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Race Operations Management:

RaceJoy offers the ability for organizers to track the location of key race operations like the Lead and Tail vehicle and to communicate with them. And, the Race News Alert system makes for a very useful emergency communications tool, and to inform races about race day changes or key information like parking and packet pickup.

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And yes, all of this is included in the buyout price. So, not only are races able to offer the most advanced form of tracking available in the market, they are able to then use this to help with their own management of race day.

Thank you, race organizers, for embracing RaceJoy and providing a one-of-a-kind race day experience and for your dedication to quality and innovation. Together, we are changing the race experience!

You can view additional information about offering RaceJoy here.

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Kensington Marathon Delivers Mobile Results in RaceJoy!

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­­­­This past weekend the Kensington Marathon in Milford, Michigan offered RaceJoy as part of its service for participants and spectators. Runners and supporting friends and family were treated to RaceJoy’s advanced GPS tracking, every mile progress alerts and cheers. In addition, the race delivered scored results through RaceJoy providing participants with quick and convenient access to their finisher information.

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The Kensington Marathon is one of the first races to offer RaceJoy’s mobile delivery of results through RunSignUp’s Race Day Results and uses Agee Race Timing for scoring the event. At this year’s race, organizers took advantage of delivering results through multiple platforms – including the race website, RunSignUp’s site, and now through mobile with RaceJoy.

RaceJoy’s mobile results are displayed in a user-friendly way, allowing participants to quickly see Overall Results, Age-Group Division results, and Individual results. This creates an efficient way for timers and race organizers to get results data out to finishers. Especially since one of the first things people tend to do after a race is look at their phones!

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Supporting spectators, both onsite and from the convenience of their homes, were also able to track participants in real-time with RaceJoy’s live phone tracking feature. RaceJoy’s live tracking allows spectators to see exactly where a runner is during the race by tracking the participant’s phone and displaying their location in an interactive view of the course.

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Participants and spectators could also receive RaceJoy’s GPS-based progress alerts that were sent out at every mile! These updates include performance information like pace, current location and estimated finish time. RaceJoy issued almost 2,300 progress alerts across the multiple courses!

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Participants have the option to post these alerts in real-time to their personal Facebook and Twitter walls.

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Friends and family sent hundreds of cheers in RaceJoy, including personalized text-to-cheers, over the course of the weekend! What great encouragement from friends and family!

The Kensington Marathon is organized by Ribbit Running Company. Special thanks to Ribbit Running Company for embracing RaceJoy and its new results technology!

The delivery of mobile results in RaceJoy is available for RunSignUp’s events that use its Race Day Results solution. See this press release for additional information.

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If you would like to offer RaceJoy at your race event, Add a Race on our Website or through your RunSignUp dashboard. Please note: we require a minimum two week lead time and an accurate electronic course map (KML/GPX format).

 

Ability Tour Embraces All Abilities with RaceJoy!

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This weekend on Saturday, July 16, the Ability Tour is offering RaceJoy to its participants and spectators as part of the day’s experience. The inclusive bicycle event, organized by Peckham, Inc., is dedicated to raising awareness for people of ALL abilities and embraces those with disabilities so that they too can enjoy the road. The proceeds from the Ability Tour go directly toward equipping other recreational events with the resources and accommodations to make race events more accessible for all.

This event is very unique in its effort to create an opportunity for people with disabilities to experience a cycling event that many would not be able to experience on their own. The race provides assistive technology, including handcycles, tricycles, recumbents and tandems. In addition, the event offers staff member support for those that need assistance on the course.

“The Ability Tour has taken the universal design philosophy and applied it to a bicycle tour. Accessibility for individuals who use a wheelchair or individuals with cognitive impairments has been addressed in every phase of the tour. Everyone has the opportunity to push themselves by riding with the fastest cyclists in the state to the individuals completing their first 8 mile ride with a companion cyclist.”

– John Waterman, Programs to Educate All Cyclists

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The Ability Tour offers multiple course options on race day, including 8, 30 or 50-mile loops. Riders can also choose to complete the 50-mile loop twice for a century!

The courses begin at Peckham, Inc. in Lansing, MI and take scenic roads that are sure to please. The roads are very well-marked and extremely bicycle friendly. There will be SAG services and aid stations along the way for basic bike repairs, food, beverages and even Frisbees! Lunch is Chipotle!

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As part of this year’s event, race organizers are adding RaceJoy as a complimentary service for participating riders and their supporting family and friends. By including RaceJoy, those who download the app and carry their phone on race day will have access to live cyclist tracking on an interactive map view. Friends and family, both at the race site and from their homes, can track participants and know exactly where they are along the course.

Participants and spectators will also receive GPS-based progress alerts that include information like pace and estimated finish time. The alerts will be sent out every 5 miles along the course. Participants have the option to post these alerts to their personal Facebook and Twitter walls in real-time.

Another popular feature available for free is Send-a-Cheer, which includes the ability to instantly send fun, pre-recorded cheers or personalized Text-to-Cheer messages any time before, during or after the race.

We are excited to be apart of this year’s Ability Tour and look forward to changing the race experience together! Good luck riders – it’s time to get your bike on!

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Peckham is a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that provides job training and competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

You can offer advanced tracking and cheers at your next race by creating a race in RaceJoy at no cost and in a few simple steps through RaceJoy’s Website or your RunSignUp dashboard. If you would like to provide these features to your participants for free, please see our buyout options during the RaceJoy setup.

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Runners and Cyclists Across the Country Get RaceJoy for Free!

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Over this last weekend, runners and cyclists around the country used RaceJoy to add to their race day experience. We had race participants use RaceJoy’s live GPS tracking, progress alerts and cheer sending in 13 races – from 5Ks to multi day relays!

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These races also provided RaceJoy as a free service to participants and their supporting family and friends. We consistently find that races who opt for the buyout often have higher usage rates than those races offering the consumer model in which the participants and spectators pay a 99 cents in-app upgrade fee per race.

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Live tracking at the Grand Teton Half Marathon

Each race this past weekend provided very different course experiences, from the majestic views at the Grand Teton National Park and Steamboat Marathon to the historic Columbus neighborhoods and picturesque downtown skyline to the Greenway’s of Raleigh, NC. Races proactively requested that their courses be loaded so that their participants and spectators could have real-time information and interactive race day experiences.

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Those who downloaded RaceJoy and carried their phone on race day were able to experience advanced runner/cyclist tracking on an interactive map view. Other features included GPS-based progress alerts with pace and estimated finish time, typically sent at every mile, and Send-a-Cheer in which spectators could send motivational pre-recorded cheers or custom Text-to-Cheer messages.

More than 15,600 progress alerts were sent across all the races, with the Grand Teton Half Marathon in first place, sending nearly 5,200 of those alerts and the Steamboat Marathon in a close second, sending nearly 4,200 alerts.

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Participants also had the option to post their progress alerts to Facebook and Twitter in real-time. With 245 alerts posted to social media, the Grand Teton Half Marathon once again takes the lead, with participants posting 73 times, and the Columbus 10K in second, with 48 posts.

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The supporting friends and family showed their support by sending nearly 3,000 cheers to race participants!

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As the number of participants and spectators expecting some form of runner tracking increase, we see a growing trend for races to provide the added services and features that are found through RaceJoy. Whether it’s a destination race like the Steamboat Marathon and the Grand Teton Half Marathon, or part of a series like the Race 13.1, race organizers are focused on offering the most advanced technology and are dedicated to providing participants and spectators with new improvements for their race day experience.

Thanks to all the race organizers who were proactive in having their events loaded into RaceJoy. And thank you to all who tried out RaceJoy for the first time and to all our repeat users! Together, we are changing the race experience!

If you’d like to offer RaceJoy to your participants and spectators, you can easily get your race loaded through RaceJoy’s Website or on your race’s RunSignUp dashboard. We require a two-week minimum load time.

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