2017 RunSignUp Symposium Presentation Videos

We’ve been busy editing and collating the videos from this year’s RunSignUp Symposium…and while the collection is not yet complete, we wanted to share the ones that are ready!

You can find links for all completed presentation videos here: http://resources.runsignup.com/2017symposiumpresentations/

Links for individual presentations are below.

Customer/Industry Presentations

Supercharging your Sponsor Program, with Peter Abraham

Driving Registrations with Referrals and Social Media Marketing, with Erik Young

Using your Database to Enhance the Experience for Runners and Race Directors, with Healthy Kids Running Series

Motivating and Engaging Fundraisers, with Kathy Wise

Delivering a Race that is Flexible and Enjoyable for Runners, with Cherie Santiago

Course Creation, with Ted Metellus

Equipment Management & Logistics, with Ryan Griessmeyer

Working with Races as a Third Party, with Crisp McDonald

RunSignUp Tutorials & Presentations

RunSignUp Intro and Overview, with Bob Bickel

Quick Hits for Advanced Users, with Bryan Jenkins

RunSignUp 101, with Lauren Bergren & Herman Kinard

Participant Management Tools with Jordan Desilets & Joe McMackin

Fundraising Tools with Eric Cone & Natalie Young

RaceDay Apps with Megan Cary & Matt Avery

RaceJoy with Shelly Harris & James Harris

RaceDay Photos with Ryan Snell & Matt Sinclair

Stay tuned for more videos!

RunSignUp Symposium Expands Timer Day

Moorestown, NJ – The fourth annual RunSignUp Race Director/Timer Symposium is expanding its Timer Day to include timing software and hardware representatives from throughout the endurance community. The Symposium opens with a Reception on July 17th, and includes two days of educational programming: a set of broad ranging sessions for race directors, race management companies, and timers on Tuesday July 18th, and a day dedicated specifically to timers on Wednesday, July 19th.

Timer Day will consist of 3 components: an introduction to the framework of RaceDay Scoring, the cloud-based next generation scoring solution to The Race Director, timing software breakouts, and timing hardware breakouts. Each breakout session will be led by representatives of the software or hardware company; attendees will be able to pick and choose the sessions they wish to attend.

RunSignUp founder Bob Bickel said about the changes, “We’re looking forward to opening our doors more this year. We work to keep our Symposium focused on peer education and technology, and a wide range of timing professionals provides significant value to our attendees without the sales atmosphere of an expo.” The current list of represented software and hardware companies will include:

The 2017 Timer Day will provide an opportunity for timers to meet face-to-face with the purveyors of their timing components to learn about updates and best practices. ChronoTrack, a subsidiary of Life Time Fitness, announced a partnership with RunSignUp earlier this year and will be one of the leaders of a hardware session. ChronoTrack Sales Director Michael Milici said,  “We are excited that RunSignUp is expanding their Annual Symposium to include more of the timing industry, and are looking forward to the opportunity to meet with customers in person to share some of the progress that we have made on our partnership.”

Registration and more information on the Symposium can be found here: https://runsignup.com/symposium

 

About RunSignUp

RunSignUp is the leading innovator of online tools for race registration, race day solutions, and running clubs. Services include RunSignUp for registration, fundraising, and race promotion, RunSignUp Go for RaceDay, RD Go for Timers, RunSignUp Clubs to enable membership management, and RaceJoy for mobile experiences. More than 10,000 race directors, timers, running club officers and running stores use these services today, including leading organizations like the Boilermaker Road Race, Crim Festival of Races, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., Fifth Third River Bank Run, Komen Race for the Cure Philadelphia, Mercedes Marathon, Kentucky Derby Festival, Leone Timing, KC Running Company, Compuscore Timing, Knoxville Track Club, Pikes Peak Road Runners, Gulf Coast Runners, Columbus Running Company, Playmakers Running Store and many more. In 2016, over 14,000 races used the system to register more than 4.2 million participants. Services are free except for processing fees when conducting monetary transactions such as race registration or club membership renewal. RunSignUp is founded by runners for runners, using technical capabilities to bring the power of cloud computing to benefit the running community. For more information, visit http://www.RunSignUp.com.

Explore the Sea at the 2017 RunSignUp Symposium Reception!

This year’s RunSignUp Race Director/Timer Symposium will kick off with a seaworthy event: our opening reception will be hosted at the Independence Seaport Museum. The reception is included in all Symposium packages, or as a stand-alone option for friends and family of attendees, or local race directors who have a conflict during the remainder of the Symposium.

We work to keep our Symposium focused on Education: a space for endurance industry professionals to share experiences and best practices, and time to learn the latest in advances in technology. But we believe that the best learning comes from peers, and there is no better way to expand your network than to have a beer and a laugh with a room full of like-minded professionals. Whether you’re starting your first event or celebrating 30 years in the business, we all have something to learn from each other!

The museum, which was founded in 1961, is the region’s primary repository of art, artifacts, and archival materials exploring the maritime history of the Greater Philadelphia Valley, the Port of Philadelphia, and the other major urban ports of the Delaware Valley. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and wander through the exhibits with your new (and old) industry friends!

Registration for the full symposium, or just the Opening Reception is open: https://runsignup.com/symposium

 

Meet the RunSignUp Symposium Presenters (Part 3)

Symposium Presenters

The Tuesday Symposium sessions are dual-track: half the presentations
are led by RunSignUp employees and focused on feature-based tutorial; the other half are led by customers and endurance industry
professionals, and offer race education in a broader context. We’ll be introducing each of them in the leadup to July…next up, Cherie Santiago from Vacation Races!

Registration for the 2017 Symposium! SignUp and find more information:
https://runsignup.com/symposium

Endurance Industry Presenters

Presenter: Cherie Santiago
Vacation Races

Cherie’s love of the outdoors hasn’t changed since moving from Southern California where she grew up surfing ans sailing in the sun – in Southern Utah today, she can frequently be spotted running or biking the trails.

Cherie started with Vacation Races in their first year for the 2012 Zion Half Marathon, as race crew. Since then, she filled in on the course crew on race weekends, with things growing from there. Today, her full time position at Vacation Races is Registration and Customer Service…a job the company describes as “her perfect position [bringing] the best of our events to everyone participating.”

At the Symposium, Cherie will share her experience with delivering a race that is flexible and enjoyable for runners.


Presenter: Peter Abraham
Abraham Content Marketing Studio

Peter Abraham got his start producing thousands of commercials for brands such as Toyota, Ford, Honda and Target. In addition, he produced a number of action sports films that helped popularize sports like snowboarding, motocross, and skateboarding. In 2002, he financed and produced the acclaimed documentary, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco.”

He then created the Santa Monica Classic 5K/10K and subsequently became the head of marketing & creative director at the LA Marathon. He was part of a team that rescued the event from near bankruptcy and rebuilt it into the 3rd largest marathon in the US in just two years.

Peter now works with purpose-driven brands & events to engage consumers directly with compelling experiences.

At the Symposium, Peter’s talk will focus on supercharging your sponsorship program via a simple process he uses with many running events.


Presenter: Erik Young
Sour Fish Events, CEO

Erik co-founded Sour Fish Events (formerly Riff Raff Productions)
with his wife Courtney in 2012, focusing primarily on 5K trail runs. Sour Fish has a small team of 5 that plan and execute each event they host – including the Hard Cider RunThe Great Pumpkin Run, and The Cheddar Challenge – on farms and in towns across the country. At the Symposium, Erik will focus on how they use referrals and social media marketing strategies to increase registrations.


Presenters: Tamara Conan (National Director), Brooke Magni (HKRS Manager), Katie Sullivan (HKRS RunSignUp Database Manager)
Healthy Kids Running Series

The Healthy Kids Running Series hosted over 23,000 runners nationally in 2016 and manage over 150+ race coordinators and their events across the country. They will discuss how they use their RunSignUp database to impact their families and the community coordinators nationally.

Check back for more presenter bios in the coming weeks!

Symposium Registration is open here: https://runsignup.com/symposium

 

Meet the RunSignUp Symposium Presenters (Part 2)

Symposium Presenters

The Tuesday Symposium sessions are dual-track: half the presentations
are led by RunSignUp employees and focused on feature-based tutorial; the other half are led by customers and endurance industry
professionals, and offer race education in a broader context. We’ll be introducing each of them in the leadup to July…next up, Peter Abraham!

Registration for the 2017 Symposium! SignUp and find more information:
https://runsignup.com/symposium

Endurance Industry Presenters

Presenter: Peter Abraham
Abraham Content Marketing Studio

Peter Abraham got his start producing thousands of commercials for brands such as Toyota, Ford, Honda and Target. In addition, he produced a number of action sports films that helped popularize sports like snowboarding, motocross, and skateboarding. In 2002, he financed and produced the acclaimed documentary, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco.”

He then created the Santa Monica Classic 5K/10K and subsequently became the head of marketing & creative director at the LA Marathon. He was part of a team that rescued the event from near bankruptcy and rebuilt it into the 3rd largest marathon in the US in just two years.

Peter now works with purpose-driven brands & events to engage consumers directly with compelling experiences.

At the Symposium, Peter’s talk will focus on supercharging your sponsorship program via a simple process he uses with many running events.


Presenter: Erik Young
Sour Fish Events, CEO

Erik co-founded Sour Fish Events (formerly Riff Raff Productions)
with his wife Courtney in 2012, focusing primarily on 5K trail runs. Sour Fish has a small team of 5 that plan and execute each event they host – including the Hard Cider RunThe Great Pumpkin Run, and The Cheddar Challenge – on farms and in towns across the country. At the Symposium, Erik will focus on how they use referrals and social media marketing strategies to increase registrations.


Presenters: Tamara Conan (National Director), Brooke Magni (HKRS Manager), Katie Sullivan (HKRS RunSignUp Database Manager)
Healthy Kids Running Series

The Healthy Kids Running Series hosted over 23,000 runners nationally in 2016 and manage over 150+ race coordinators and their events across the country. They will discuss how they use their RunSignUp database to impact their families and the community coordinators nationally.

Check back for more presenter bios in the coming weeks!

Symposium Registration is open here: https://runsignup.com/symposium

 

Host Hotel for 2017 Race Director/Timer Symposium

For the second year, the Sheraton Society Hill will be our host hotel at the RunSignUp Race Director Symposium.

Reserve a room at the Host Hotel

A few highlights about the hotel:

  • Rooms available at a group rate of $174
  • Indoor swimming pool open 6am-10pm
  • 24-Hour Sheraton Fitness Center
  • On-Site Cafe (with Starbucks) and Restaurant
  • 3 blocks from Symposium Venue (Chemical Heritage Foundation), and close walking distance to historic Philadelphia sites
  • Optional Make a Green Choice program

The deadline to reserve a room in the hotel block is June 26, 2017.

 


If you opt not to stay in the Host Hotel, there are a number of other options within walking distance that you can book on your own. Some choices:

Kimpton Hotel Monaco (.1 Mile)

Franklin Hotel at Independence Park (.1 Mile)

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District (.3 Miles)

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing (.5 Miles)

Holiday Inn Express Penn’s Landing (.7 Miles)

 

Registration Now Open for Fourth Annual RunSignUp Race Director/Timer Symposium

Moorestown, NJ – RunSignUp announced that registration is now open for the 2017 RunSignUp Race Director/Timer Symposium, to be held in Philadelphia July 17-19th. The Symposium, in its fourth year, brings together race directors and timers from around the country for industry educational sessions, networking opportunities, and training.  For the second year, the Symposium will be hosted at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia.

This year’s agenda includes a full day of dual-track presentations, with RunSignUp tutorial sessions running concurrently with presentations from customers and industry professionals sharing their broader race experiences and expertise. Industry presenters will include Tamara Conan, the National Director of the Healthy Kids Running Series and Erik Young, the co-founder of Sour Fish Events, the company behind events like The Great Pumpkin Run and The Hard Cider Run. The final day of the Symposium is timer focused, with a preview of the cloud-based RaceDay Scoring and interactive sessions on the leading timing software products, The Race Director and RunScore. Attendees can elect to participate in all 3 days of the Symposium, or pick and choose the days that are most applicable to them.

Unlike most industry conferences, the RunSignUp Symposium does not seek out sponsors or open an expo space; by electing to focus on content and networking instead of products, the Symposium is able to provide a real peer-to-peer educational opportunity. While the dual track format does offer training sessions for the RunSignUp system, the Symposium is not limited to RunSignUp users and presenters are encouraged to share experiences that are relevant to all event professionals.

In addition to presentations, the Symposium will include an Opening Reception, a morning run across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, a Networking Happy Hour, onsite breakfast and lunch, and one-on-one meeting slots with account managers. Early bird registration prices range from $49 for Wednesday only to $99 for attending all three days; attendees can also earn a partial or full refund of their conference registration (and even a 2 night hotel stay) for referring additional events to the Symposium.

Registration options and more details can be found here: https://runsignup.com/symposium

About RunSignUp

RunSignUp is the leading innovator of online tools for race registration, race day solutions, and running clubs. Services include RunSignUp for registration, fundraising, and race promotion, RunSignUp Go for RaceDay, RD Go for Timers, RunSignUp Clubs to enable membership management, and RaceJoy for mobile experiences. More than 10,000 race directors, timers, running club officers and running stores use these services today, including leading organizations like the Boilermaker Road Race, Crim Festival of Races, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., Fifth Third River Bank Run, Komen Race for the Cure Philadelphia, Mercedes Marathon, Kentucky Derby Festival, Leone Timing, KC Running Company, Compuscore Timing, Knoxville Track Club, Pikes Peak Road Runners, Gulf Coast Runners, Columbus Running Company, Playmakers Running Store and many more. In 2016, over 14,000 races used the system to register more than 4.2 million participants. Services are free except for processing fees when conducting monetary transactions such as race registration or club membership renewal. RunSignUp is founded by runners for runners, using technical capabilities to bring the power of cloud computing to benefit the running community. For more information, visit www.RunSignUp.com.