Timer Dashboard

We have released the first wave of our new Timer Dashboard. As the name implied, this is for timers to be able to manage all of their races in a single place – whether they are the Partner for a race, the actual race director or have been added as the Timer for a race:

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This first version is mostly focused on giving timers direct and easy access to manage RaceDay related things for races. They have quick access to each full Dashboard, or a quick “Actions” menu that will take them directly to where they need to go:

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You can add Secondary users, and begin to manage your information.

We will be adding a number of things over the coming months:

  • Add non-RunSignUp races easily
  • Consolidate various timer accounts you may have
  • More information about your business, which will be used to provide better guides for race directors looking for timers
  • The Race Director and RD Scoring license information
  • Direct access to RD  Scoring on the web to manage multiple local RD Scoring systems at multiple races
  • Manage your Race Calendar, similar to Sponsors – keep track of race commitments, invoice customers, collect payments, automate renewal processes, etc.
  • Track resources like equipment and people as they are assigned to races

Joint Press Release: Partnership Announced between ChronoTrack, Athlinks, and RunSignUp

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Louisville, CO & Moorestown, NJ – ChronoTrack, Athlinks and RunSignUp have jointly announced a new partnership, the first of its kind.  ChronoTrack is the world’s largest provider of timing hardware, software, and scoring technology, serving over 13 million athletes globally and 25 of the 30 largest races in the USA.  Athlinks is the world’s largest database of athletes and race results with over 220 million race result records.  RunSignUp is the fastest growing and most robust online registration platform in the USA serving over 14,000 races in 2016.

The companies will work to tightly integrate their solutions providing an open platform for customers to select the right components for them, and new pricing and packaging bundles that will provide significant benefits:

  • For Participants: Integrated, real time results.  Integrated experience across Athlinks and RunSignUp with single sign on and consolidated view of results, photos and more.
  • For Race Directors: Integrated Promotion, Registration, Fundraising and Race Day experience using best in class technology.
  • For Timers: Save time, reduce errors and save money with integrated registration, scoring and results data and purchasing.

“We saw an opportunity to tie together several great platforms around one universal Athlinks data set.  We’re partnering with RunSignUp because we believe we’re each the best at what we do, and by bringing those platforms together, we can offer something truly unique to our Customers – this was an easy decision for us,” said Troy Busot, founder of Athlinks and VP of Product Development for ChronoTrack.

ChronoTrack is offering a special chip pricing bundle to timers with the ChronoTrack-Athlinks registration system as well as with RunSignUp registration. The RunSignUp-ChronoTrack Chip bundle is available immediately and can be seen on the RunSignUp website at RunSignUp.com/ChronoTrack.

“We have so many mutual timing customers with ChronoTrack. These timers have been wanting better integration between our platforms as well as The Race Director and RunScore. The new ChronoTrack Chip Bundle will be very cost effective for timers, enabling them to offer a fuller set of services to the races they time and manage”, said Bob Bickel, founder of RunSignUp.

More details will be unveiled by ChronoTrack and RunSignUp at the pending ChronoTrack Timer Conference in January, 2017.

 

About ChronoTrack

ChronoTrack is a trusted provider of race solutions for timer and race organizers.  ChronoTrack supports 25 of the 30 largest races in the USA.  Its comprehensive solution offers events a modular approach to accessing registration, on-site registration, race check in, scoring, live results, mobile results, photography and video finishes.  This, coupled with its timing equipment and services from ChronoTrack’s network of certified timing partners provides the most complete race management solution for races in the endurance market.  To learn more, visit www.chronotrack.com.

 

About Athlinks

Athlinks is the most comprehensive database of endurance race results and athlete histories in the world. The site boasts more than 220 million records from over 500,000 races. Via a free account, athletes can find upcoming events, claim and track their complete race histories, connect with other athletes, compare common times and access millions of “live” results and photos each weekend as they happen. Over 3.5 million new entries are added to the site each month from running, biking, triathlon, and other endurance events around the globe.

 

About RunSignUp.com

RunSignUp is the leading innovator of online tools for races registration, race day solutions, and running clubs. Services include RunSignUp for registration, RunSignUp Go for Race Day, RunSignUp 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 Toledo, Mercedes Marathon, Kentucky Derby Festival, Leone Timing, KC Running Company, Compuscore Timing, Knoxville Track Club, Pike 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.

 

 

RunScore and Race Director Timer Surveys of Most Used & Preferred Registration Providers

RunScore and Race Director, the trunscore_4wo leading providers of timing software, independently polled their users to ascertain the registration providers most used and most liked by their user base. These surveys, a follow-up to a racedirector-new-full-logosimilar 2014 survey, help identify the registration providers that are most prominent among the timers served by the software companies.

The combined RunScore and Race Director 2016 surveys found that RunSignUp was both the most commonly used (52.91% compared to 39.00% in 2014) and most often the favorite system (47.09% compared to 33.60% in 2014). In total, respondents reported 52 separate registration companies used, with 25 of them being selected as the favorite provider for at least one user.

Another interesting trend is the increase in using one’s own system: this option increased in use from 10.10% in 2014 to 14.56% in 2016, and has risen to 2nd in the list of favorite registration systems (11.65% in 2016 from 6.40% in 2014).

You can see a full comparison of the results in 2016 vs 2014 here: https://runsignup.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/survey.pdf

The Race Director has also posted a full breakdown of their survey results, as well as the combined 2016 results here: http://www.theracedirector.com/2016OnlineRegistrationProviderSurvey

About the Survey: This is not a scientific study, but rather, a voluntary survey of RunScore and Race Director users. It was sent out separately to users of each software system, and posted online to timer forums. Respondents were able to select multiple registration companies that they currently use (to represent ALL systems they use), but only selected one that is their favorite.

The Synthesis of Races, Stores, and Training Programs

At our 2015 RunSignUp Race Director/Timer Symposium, Andy Marsh from Playmakers shared his view of the synthesis between Races, Training Programs, and Running Stores:

We’ve shared our philosophy of the Running Community before; that Micro Communitiesthe running community is made up of tens of thousands of micro-communities that overlap – races, running clubs, running stores, timers, as well as many technology providers. Andy’s presentation is a prime example of these communities overlap, and how you can leverage the micro-communities in your area to improve your local Running Events.

 

Rotpac Racing Case Study

We have a series Customer Case Studies, in which we take your stories and share your challenges and successes as a learning tool for other RunSignUp users.  This Rotpac Racing Case Study focuses on how a Timer can work with their Race Directors to create the best race experience. 

View the PDF Version of the Rotpac Racing Case Study

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Rotpac Racing works to educate and lead the races they time to help them get the most out of their Online Registration and Race Day options.


 

 

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Rotpac Racing has been timing and managing XC meets, Road Races, and Cross Country Skiing races for 20+ years, and currently times 75+ races and manages 3.  Rod Yeacker talked to us about how they work with their Race Directors to create the best race experience possible.


The Race Director

Rod uses The Race Director Timing Software, and utilizes the integration between Race Director & RunSignUp.  He prefers to have Race Directors enter all their pre-race day paper registrations on RunSignUp ahead of time so that he can pull the data the day before the race to pre-assign Race Bibs.


Providing Guidance to Race Directors

Rod began using RunSignUp as it started to introduce integration with Timing Software and features beyond simple credit card processing for race registration.  As he transitions to RunSignUp, he finds that some are able to understand the process (and added feature options) better than others, and has implemented some steps for helping his Race Directors get up to speed.

  • Race Directors are given a walk-through sheet to show them how their results & awards should look, and how to set up events on RunSignUp to accomplish that.
  • Rod will go through upcoming races and review their categories to make sure they are correct.
  • Correcting race setups early helps not only that race, but affiliated races that are likely to copy setup from other, similar races.

It would be easier for Rod to just set up the races himself to ensure they are done correctly, but doing so would meant that Race Directors would never learn to do it themselves, so he provides tools and support instead of taking over the work.


“Technology has changed so quickly…it’s tough to try to get Race Directors who barely understand chip scoring to understand the reasonable investment of taking the time to set up a race correctly, send out email blasts, etc.  I’m trying not to set up every race myself, but doing corrections and giving ideas of what I think can help…but a lot of it right now is having people go through the process.”  Rod (Rotpac Racing)


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Rod uses video at his races in several ways: for timing backup, to improve the race experience, and to provide a marketing tool for his races.

  • Rotpac has around 6 different camera options (including ipads, etc.), and will generally set up a camera on a tripod and film a shot of the clock, starting with the first runner.
  • When possible, they also do a roaming camera – runners love the opportunity to see themselves.
  • As a check for the timing system, a Rotpac team member will operate a handheld camera and audibly say the race numbers of each runner as they cross the finish line.
  • Some of the races that are operated by running stores will use the video (or clips of it) as a marketing video to play in their store as a lead-up to the race.
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If you have a success story about your race, store or club, big or small,  email us…we’d love to explore a Case Study on your topic!