Kick off the Holiday Season with a Halloween Themed Race in RaceJoy!

Whether your race is eerily screeching past October or ringing in the New Year, the fall and winter holidays offer the perfect chance for participants and spectators to get out and enjoy the change of seasons. Races across the country are embracing the holiday season through running, walking and cycling experiences that also offer RaceJoy.

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Adding to the fun race experience of costumes and themed post-race celebrations, race organizers are offering RaceJoy’s live phone tracking, progress alerts and cheers!

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Each runner, walker and cyclist who carries their phone will have access to RaceJoy’s interactive race day features.

For those family and friends who prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes during the cold winter seasons, RaceJoy allows them to stay connected to their loved ones out on the course by tracking them live on a map view as their blue dot moves along the course. Users can also get updated on tracked participants’ progress with in-app notifications that provide continual updates with pace and estimated finish time.

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So, whether you want to track them along the course from home and motivate remotely or brave the cold to greet them at the finish, RaceJoy can help make your race day experience easier!

Supporting family and friends can also motivate their tracked participants by sending fun, prerecorded audio cheers or personalized Text-to-Cheer messages.

RaceJoy loves the holiday season, and we’ve got you covered with special cheers for each season. Don’t be too scared to try the sample Halloween cheer below!

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Kicking off the holiday season includes Halloween and costume races such as:

Races! Don’t miss out on the chance to offer RaceJoy’s advanced tracking features to your participants and spectators. Affordable pricing options are available for any race or sponsor to offer the interactive race day experience. Innovative tools for race organizers are available including race day monitoring and race operations management. For more information about offering RaceJoy, click here or watch this video overview.

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Immigration Reform Pilgrimage Uses RaceJoy’s Live Tracking

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The el Camino del Inmigrante began its inaugural 150 mile pilgrimage this past Saturday with dozens of people making the trek from the Mexico/United States border to Los Angeles. Participants are showing their support for immigration reform and to pay tribute to those who have died while attempting to immigrate to the United States. Event organizers are providing RaceJoy as part of the experience so that people can live track the walkers and connect with them using RaceJoy’s Send-a-Cheer feature; especially the Text-to-Cheer option for sending personal and customized messages as participants trek through California raising awareness on immigration issues.

Here is a video clip from the local TV station covering the event and RaceJoy:

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 1.34.53 PMMost of us have a history that began with family members seeking a better life here in America, and regardless of your political stance, we can all agree our current immigration system needs an overhaul. It is events like this that help to educate people, build awareness and give voice to change. Many taking part in the pilgrimage have experienced first hand the challenges and loss of life associated with attempted immigration to the United States.

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Crosses representing 11,000 people who have died crossing the U.S./Mexico border.

We were very honored when organizers of the walk sought out to use RaceJoy for its live tracking and have been tracking over 50 walkers each day as shown below. Participants are covering an average 13 miles each day for 11 days and end the pilgrimage in Los Angeles on  August 30th.

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Here is a live clip from the beginning of the third day:

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RaceJoy is issuing progress alerts as walkers cross each mile point on the course to help keep them posted on their progress.

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Progress Alert for el Camino del Inmigrante
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Alerts Can Be Posted to Personal Facebook and Twitter Walls

We are sure there are many friendships being formed as well as time for some deep introspection. It is experiences like this that help to bring not only global change, but personal insights, healing and bonding with others. We encourage you to access el Camino in RaceJoy under the California races and send the walkers some encouraging cheers!

Special thanks to the Christian Community Development Association for including RaceJoy as part of such a transformative experience.

More information about the pilgrimage can be found here.

 

Maine Coast Offers RaceJoy for a Second Year!

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The Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon will be held this weekend, Friday, May 13th through Sunday, May 15th, at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. The race offers a variety of course options, including a marathon, a half marathon, a half marathon relay and a back-to-back 39.3 Mile Challenge. Both are sold out with the field limit less than 3,000 providing a more intimate experience for runners versus the hustle and bustle that comes with the larger race options. Even the wait list sold out! By having limited people out on the course, runners are able to have a personalized experience soaking in the beauty of the Maine area.

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Runners experience the Maine Coast in May and enjoy the beauty of springtime in Maine as they run along the coast in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Biddeford Pool.

Thanks to race organizers, GiddyUp Productions, people will be treated to a unique race experience including all of RaceJoy’s bells and whistles.

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2015 Tracking at Maine Coast Marathon

Participants will have access to official race timed alerts, GPS-based progress alerts, and instant results. Supporting family and friends will be able to track runners in a map view, receive progress updates at every mile and send supporting cheers to participants. We’re expecting some creative Lobsta Text-to-Cheers this weekend!

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2015 Progress Alert from Maine Coast Marathon

Check out how the race promoted the new RaceJoy features on their web site: What’s New

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After crossing the finish line, participants can avoid waiting in long results lines! Thanks to integration with the timing provider: RaceWire, RaceJoy can provide scored results for finishers including individual, overall and age-group results. Here are the top speedsters from last year’s race….

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2015 Official Race Results

We’re excited to be part of the 2016 Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon & Half again this year! We hope you have a great race and enjoy the RaceJoy experience. You Rock Lobsta! 😉

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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.

 

1 Weekend, 2 Featured Races and 13,000 Tracking Alerts

This past weekend, the Alamo 13.1 in Texas and the Excalibur 10 Miler in Florida offered RaceJoy to their participants and supporting spectators.

Participants and spectators at both events had access to RaceJoy’s advanced features:

  • The Alamo 13.1 offered free live runner tracking along the course, GPS-based progress alerts at every mile, and cheers – courtesy of Krispy Kreme!
  • The Excalibur 10 Miler offered free race-timed progress alerts at timing points along the course, and instant official race results.

As Featured Races in RaceJoy, users were treated to many free features and were receptive to the unique race experience – more than 1,600 people accessed these two races over the weekend!

Real-time progress alerts are sent as participants cross over mile points along the courses, including information like pace and estimated finish time.

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The Excalibur 10 Mile alerts were based on the bib/chip crossing timing mats along the course at the start, mile 3.1, mile 5, mile 6.2 and the finish. The Alamo 13.1 alerts were based on the participants’ GPS locations using the phone as a tracker and were sent at every mile along the course. Between both races close to 13,000 progress alerts were sent!

Participants also have the option to post their progress to Facebook and Twitter. This is a great branding opportunity for races. The social messages can include the race’s twitter handle or hashtag and a logo.

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Excalibur 10 Mile Start Tweet
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Alamo 13.1 Start Tweet

As an added feature for the Excalibur 10 Miler, RaceJoy integrated with the timing provider, Running Zone, to deliver scored results for finishers, including individual, overall and age-group results. The Running Zone was one of the first to adopt RaceJoy’s technology and provide some fun and well put together races, including the Space Coast Marathon.

Thanks to Krispy Kreme, participants of the Alamo 13.1, organized by Purpose Race Events, were treated to RaceJoy’s interactive features like live phone tracking, Send-a-Cheer and Text-to-Cheer, and GPS-based progress alerts at every mile – all at no charge! Typically, there is a 99 cents upgrade for these features.

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A special thank you to Krispy Kreme, Running Zone, and Purpose Race Events for showing commitment to offering a high quality and unique race experience. Thank you race participants and supporting families and friends for embracing the joy! Congratulations finishers, we hope you enjoyed the experience!

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If you would like to add your race, you can do so through RaceJoy’s Website, or on your race’s RunSignUp dashboard. There is a free-to-the-race option or an affordable buyout option for providing RaceJoy as a free service. We require a two-week minimum load time, and you will need to load your electronic course map in GPX or KML format or build your own map using our Course Builder tools.

Together, we are changing the race experience!