Runners Blasted Off with RaceJoy at the Space Coast Marathon!

49,000 Progress Alerts   –   93% Usage   –   6,500 Cheers   –   1,200 Phones Tracked

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At the 45th anniversary of the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon participants and their supporting friends and family were treated to an out-of-this-world experience with RaceJoy’s interactive race day features. Courtesy of Thales Group, those who downloaded the mobile app had access to RaceJoy’s features for free. With a 93% usage rate (includes spectators and is based upon finishers), 49,000 progress alerts, 6,500 cheers and close to 1,200 phones tracked participants and their friends and family made the most out of RaceJoy on race day!

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The Space Coast Marathon organizers, Running Zone, were among the first to embrace RaceJoy and have been offering the experience at this race to its participants since 2013! Key features participants and supporting friends and family were treated to included:

  • Real-time, live phone tracking – tracking of up to 50 participants on a live map view of the official course.
  • Progress alerts – alerts sent to participants and spectators as they completed the course with information like pace and estimated finish time.
  • Send-a-Cheer – fun pre-recorded or personalized Text-to-Cheer messages sent in audio format.
  • Immediate, official race results – within moments of crossing the finish line, scored results were available in RaceJoy that included individual, age group and overall stats.
  • And so much more!
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49,000 Progress Alerts Sent on Race Day!

Another unique feature of RaceJoy allows participants to post their progress on social media (Facebook and Twitter). Participants can select to post all their stat information for each milestone, just the start and finish, or the alerts without time. Close to 1,000 progress alerts were posted to social media on race day!

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The Space Coast Marathon Weekend offers 26.2- and 13.1-mile options. The event attracts many repeat runners and the half marathon distance sells out every year. Race organizers do a lot to make sure their runners have a high quality experience, where every aspect of the race is thought through and provided for. From amenities like great food for everyone (not just the participants, which makes for a nice family experience) to the great race swag (like the Space Coast Marathon towels) to the advanced race day technology with RaceJoy.

If you’ve yet to participate in this event, the Space Coast Marathon is a bucket list race you should definitely add to your list!

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RaceJoy creators, James and Shelly Harris, landed at the Space Coast Marathon Weekend on Saturday for the expo and made their appearance at the RaceJoy booth on race day.

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We always love coming out to the race sites to meet RaceJoy fans and to cheer on the participants! And we’re not the only ones – almost 6,500 cheers were sent in RaceJoy by supporting family and friends to motivate runners!

While at the race site, we also enjoy hearing stories about what brought them to run and the challenges they have overcome. Many of the people we saw were some of the first to ever use RaceJoy.

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Congratulations finishers of the Space Coast Marathon weekend! A special thank you to Thales Group and Running Zone for including RaceJoy at this year’s event.

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If you’d like to add RaceJoy as part of the race experience for your participants and spectators, you can enable in a few simple steps and at an affordable price by visiting RaceJoy’s Website or your RunSignUp race dashboard.

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Queen Bee Half Marathon Participants Buzzed with Race Joy!

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The Queen Bee Half Marathon on Saturday, October 8th buzzed through Cincinnati as more than 3,000 finishers took to the streets. Race organizers of the Flying Pig Marathon are also the hosts of this weekend’s women’s half marathon and offered RaceJoy’s interactive race day experience to their participants and spectators for free for the second time this year.

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Organizers offered RaceJoy at the Queen Bee Half in 2015, its inaugural running, and the response continues to be very positive. Nearly 1,500 participants and spectators used RaceJoy this year for its live phone tracking, GPS-based progress alerts and Send-a-Cheer features.

Each participant of the half marathon and 4-miler events were able to access RaceJoy to be live tracked by their supporting family and friends as they moved along the course. Participants carry their phones and spectators can see where they are in real-time on the race’s official course map.

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Participants are also able to receive progress updates that are based on the GPS location of their phone and include information like pace and estimated finish time. Queen Bee Half Marathon alerts were issued at every mile. More than 15,000 alerts were sent to participants and their supporting family and friends!

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Participants can also choose to post these progress updates to their personal Facebook and Twitter walls in real-time. More than 250 alerts were posted to social media during the event!

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The Send-a-Cheer feature is a RaceJoy favorite, allowing spectators to send fun, motivational audio cheers to their tracked participants. Almost 3,000 cheers were sent including great usage of our Halloween cheers for October! What an un-bee-lievable show of support!

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Check out these popular Halloween cheers!

The cheer feature also allows users to send custom Text-to-Cheer messages allowing personalized messages to be sent in audio format.

The Queen Bee Half Marathon is on a mission to promote the fun of fitness while raising support and funds for local charities that focus on women. The race weekend included plenty of pampering, swag and fun – all the perfect ingredients for a great girls’ weekend.

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The event offers a half marathon and 4-mile course that starts and ends at JACK Casino, buzzes through some of Cincinnati’s historic and scenic neighborhoods, and is lined with entertainment from bands and DJs.

Thank you race organizers for embracing RaceJoy and providing this one-of-a-kind race day experience for your participants and spectators!

 

Interested in RaceJoy for Your Race?

RaceJoy has moved to a free-only model for participants and spectators. If you’d like to offer RaceJoy at your upcoming race, affordable pricing options are available for any race or sponsor to offer the interactive experience. Innovative tools for race organizers are also included, such as race day monitoring, race operations team tracking and news alert system. Watch this overview to learn more.

More information about offering RaceJoy is available here.

 

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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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.

 

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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Relay Races Hand Off RaceJoy to Runners!

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We are seeing a trend of relay races – from marathon distances to multi-day 300+ miles – requesting to load their events into RaceJoy so that they can offer live runner tracking and cheers to their participants and spectators.

RaceJoy provides interactive, real-time features to help relay teams on race day and for their supporting family and friends to encourage them along the way.

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One of the most popular features available is live phone tracking, which allows users to know where team members are at any given time by watching the runner’s blue dot move on an interactive course map or the location of their support vehicle. RaceJoy uses the runner’s phone as a GPS tracker. So, it is the person’s true position, versus a simulator. Many of the relay race directors like this feature as a safety precaution – especially for the longer distances where some people could run off course.

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Participants can also receive NearMe alerts to notify them when their team member(s) are drawing near to them so they can prepare for the handoff.

Another popular feature used to motivate team members is the Send-a-Cheer feature where people can send fun pre-recorded audio cheer clips. Supporting fans can also use Text-to-Cheer for personalized messages that are delivered in audio format. This is very popular with long endurance relay events where you need an easy communication device with your runner. The text is converted into speech for the runner and they do not need to look at their phone while running.

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The most recent relay to offer RaceJoy to its participants and spectators was the Relay Iowa this past weekend. This was the longest relay distance to offer RaceJoy to date: a relay course taking place across 3 days, 2 nights and 339 miles. Relay Iowa is known as the World’s Longest Relay Run!

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The teams consist of up to 12 people running some of the most beautiful and challenging landscapes Iowa has to offer. The route took the runners from Sioux City all the way to Dubuque. The goal is not to win, not to come in first, but rather to work with the team to make it across Iowa in sixty hours or less.

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Race organizers of the Relay Iowa offered RaceJoy to its participants and spectators for free, and more than 400 people took advantage of the interactive race day features! 144 participants had their phone’s tracked and received more than 850 cheers!

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Participants are also able to get progress alerts through RaceJoy. Relay Iowa alerts were sent every 10 miles based on the GPS location of the runners’ phones. Nearly 2,700 progress alerts were sent over the course of the weekend.

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These alerts are also able to be automatically posted to Facebook and Twitter in real-time.

Team members wishing to receive the alerts during relays are required to hand a phone off as they would a relay baton. With longer distance events, like the Relay Iowa, teams often choose to use a backup phone battery. After testing different portable phone chargers, our preferred brand is Anker.

Check out some of the upcoming relay’s offering RaceJoy:

  • Rock Lobster (free tracking)– Takes place in Bar Harbor, ME from June 24-25; Course is 200 miles
  • The Fred Running Relays (free tracking)– Takes place in Comstock Park, MI from August 5-6; Course options include a 200 mile relay and 100 mile relay
  • Peak to Brew (free tracking)– Takes place in Wilmington, NY from August 12-13; Course options include a 238 mile “full” relay and a 115 mile “half” relay
  • Burning River (99 cents)– Takes place in Willoughby, OH on August 6; Course options include a 100 mile, 50 mile and Back 50 mile

Relays offer a great way to achieve something with others and participate in a race you might not do on your own. There is nothing like that team spirit of accomplishing a goal together and encouraging one another along the way. It is great to see the reception from the relay race organizers and their use of RaceJoy to help build this team spirit and bring the runners together on race day! Go Get Em!

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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. Buyout options are also available.

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