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Elevating endurance and fundraising communities with the art of technology.

COVID Self Report Pass

Guest blog from Paul McMullen – Creator of the COVID Self Report Pass The Iowa State Triathlon Championship on July 26, 2020 used a new software solution to screen volunteers and athletes for symptoms of COVID-19.  It took an Olympic athlete, the owner of True Timing Systems and RunSignUp to execute an effective and efficient COVID-19 Action […]

Timer Bib Assignments Webinar Recap

Timers: if you missed this week’s Timer Tip Tuesday, you can watch the recording here. Crisp McDonald covers how to use RunSignup’s Bib management tool, including manual, automatic, and dynamic bib assignments – a key part of providing a virtual race experience and virtual results. Recorded Webinar Timer Tip Tuesday Slide Show   RunSignup Webinars […]

PayPal Donate Buttons vs. GiveSignup Donation Forms

GiveSignup Donation Forms provide nonprofits a great upgrade path from old PayPal donate buttons. There are a number of advantages to upgrading: Feature your Nonprofit’s branding, not PayPal’s branding Encourage donation levels Give donors flexible choices of one-time or recurring gifts Enable tribute information collection Use your URL / Domain (for free!) Donation use designation […]

Fundraiser Milestone Confetti

There is more gamification to engage and celebrate your fundraisers when they hit fundraising milestones with the release of Fundraiser Milestone Confetti. You must have fundraiser milestones set up for the fundraiser confetti to show. Navigate to Fundraising >> Individual Fundraisers >> Fundraiser Rewards. Add one or multiple milestones for your fundraisers to achieve. You […]

Eventbrite Q2 2020 Earnings

We have always eagerly studied Eventbrite since they are a company with a business model very similar to ours – earning money based solely on processing fees for events (and for us nonprofit donations). During their Q1 report, we learned how COVID-19 was impacting their business. And we have been awaiting these numbers as we […]

Creating a Virtual Challenge From Scratch: Step 2 – Marketing 101

With the impact of COVID-19 continuing to reverberate through the country and the endurance community, race directors, timers, and nonprofits are looking for ways to engage new communities online. One way to do that is through our Challenge Platform – with limitless options, challenges can appeal to broad audiences beyond the typical endurance participant. But […]

July 2020 RunSignup | GiveSignup Numbers

We had been doing weekly updates on the numbers we are seeing since the pandemic began. We ended that in Week 18, and are shifting to monthly updates. The monthly update is meant to give stats that are useful to the endurance and nonprofit communities we serve, but also to bridge the gap between our […]

Strava National Partnership Program Sunset

Starting in August, Strava and RunSignUp will be sunsetting the current affiliate partnership where races could earn sponsor revenue from Strava on their race websites. We will focus on rebuilding the partnership in a way that brings more value to race directors and our athletes. For races opted-in the partnership, you will no longer see co-branding […]

RunSignup July Newsletter

Fun with Challenges Virtual Challenges got another round of updates this month, with more digital rewards in the form of milestones, badges, and milestone notifications. With all the rapid releases to Challenges over the previous months, we decided it was a good time take stock of some of the creative and innovative ways that customers […]

Donation Goal Cover Page Component

You can now add a dynamic donation goal to all event, ticket, and donation websites on GiveSignup | RunSignup! This lets you feature your donation goal progress prominently on your website with a clear Donate call to action. To add a Donation Goal to your website, navigate to the Cover Page set up on your […]

More Fun with Milestones and Badges

Challenges are long and, well, challenging. Milestones and badges offer intermediate goals for your participants, rewarding them and keeping them engaged throughout the Challenge. We now have new options to complement your Virtual Challenge Milestones & Badges with custom messages and email notifications via Additional Display Settings. Once you have saved a milestone you will […]

RunSignup | GiveSignup Fall Cram Session

Join us for a one-day prep for the unprecedented Fall Race Season The RunSignup | GiveSignup Fall Cram Session is a one-day, online educational session for race directors, timers, and nonprofits. The goal is simple: reviewing as much information as possible to help you plan for a successful fall season amidst unconventional circumstances. Sessions will […]

GiveSignup | RunSignup Debuts Corporate Matching Gifts Integration with 360MatchPro by Double the Donation

GiveSignup | RunSignup is proud to debut a new corporate matching gifts integration with 360MatchPro by Double the Donation, the leading provider of matching gift and volunteer grant solutions to nonprofits and educational institutions.  Nonprofits that use Double the Donation as their corporate matching gift platform can now enable the integration on any GiveSignup | […]

Ironman Acquisition Value

Wanda Sports Group announced the sale of Ironman to Advance, a New York based investment company known for owning media and entertainment companies like Condé Nast and Stage Entertainment. One of the interesting things about the sale was occurring during the middle of the pandemic. The original sale price of $730 Million was announced in […]

Creating a Virtual Challenge From Scratch: Step 1 – Concept and Brand

With the impact of COVID-19 continuing to reverberate through the country and the endurance community, race directors, timers, and nonprofits are looking for ways to engage new communities online. One way to do that is through our Challenge Platform – with limitless options, challenges can appeal to broad audiences beyond the typical endurance participant. But […]

Corral Management System Updates

With the increasing need for corral management to increase safety during COVID restrictions and limit the number of people in a given time, corral management has become very important. We have updated our Corral Management System to make the existing functions easier to understand and use since more and more races are using them. Now […]

Welcome, Amanda, Chris, & Jake!

We are excited to welcome Amanda, Chris, and Jake to the GiveSignup | RunSignup team! They are joining us as GiveSignup’s sales team, and will help existing and new nonprofit customers use GiveSignup | RunSignup’s technology to raise money, save money, and engage supporters. Amanda Sweet Amanda graduated from Shippensburg University with a Marketing degree […]

Creating a Virtual Challenge From Scratch: Follow Us from Concept to Fulfillment

With the impact of COVID-19 continuing to reverberate through the country and the endurance community, race directors, timers, and nonprofits are looking for ways to engage new communities online. One way to do that is through our Challenge Platform – with limitless options, challenges can appeal to broad audiences beyond the typical endurance participant. But […]

Webinar Recap and Recording: Keep Challenge Participants Engaged with Milestones and Badges

Milestones and badges are the latest way to keep your participants engaged in your challenge, offering them intermediate rewards on the journey to their goal. RaceDay Product Manager Matt Avery detailed types of milestones you can set, adding custom badges, and using milestones to keep your participants motivated. Milestones can be set for teams or […]

Badges for Milestones

Last week we released Milestones, intermediate Goals along your Challenge journey, and their accompanying badges. There are a few default badges built into the system, but you can also upload custom badges to match your event. Two tools we recommend for badges: Open Badge Designer: This tool has built in backgrounds that look like badges, […]

Virtual Results How-To Webinar Recap

Want to know how to set up user submitted scored results for your virtual results? Watch this recorded webinar that offers step-by-step guidance on basic to advanced scenarios. Users can then submit their results through a variety of methods. Races should get with their timers to help them set up more complicated scenarios and for […]

Going Virtual with RaceJoy!

Races offering a virtual race experience can deliver an interactive, socially safe race experience with RaceJoy. Below is a new RaceJoy quick overview video that covers the key features of RaceJoy for participants, spectators, and race organizers. From live participant track, cheer sending, automated user results, and so much more – Keep your race experience […]

Milestones and Badges for Virtual Challenges!

We now support another fun way to engage your participants throughout the length of your Virtual Challenge – Milestones and Badges! This is just the start of a large project around Milestones which will eventually include things like automatically sending notifications to participants if they complete a Milestone, having a unique link for each Milestone […]

Guest Blog – Should I Insure My Virtual Race?

Guest blog from Scott Sutter of Strategic Risk Transfers. He is a race director and is in the insurance business. He has been working on getting this product together for the past couple of months and is excited to share the news about Virtual Race insurance and how they have leveraged the RaceJoy technology as […]

Q2 2020 RunSignup Results

This is our first full quarterly report during COVID-19. As we have discussed over the past several months, this has impacted our entire community, and certainly RunSignup/GiveSignup negatively. You can review past results here: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, Q1-19, Q2-19, Q3-19, 2019, and Q1-20. Summary Numbers As expected, the numbers are all down […]

EMail Replacement Tags for Challenges

To make Challenges and Virtual Events successful, you need to create interactions with participants. With our All in One system, we make this easy with our free email marketing and replacement tags. We have created a number fo replacement tags that will automatically fill in each participant’s unique link for: Digital Bib Finisher Certificate Individual […]

Facebook Pixel Integration Extended to Standalone Donations

The RunSignup/GiveSignup Facebook Pixel integration has been expanded to trigger when a standalone donation is made. This update helps nonprofits better track the effectiveness of ads in terms of registration vs. donation transactions. You do not need to do anything to update your current Facebook Pixel set up. You will now have reporting in your […]

2020 Virtual Symposium Recap

We held our first Virtual Symposium last week! Over 4 days, 500 race directors, timers, and nonprofit leaders attended 23 educational sessions, 2 sets of round-table discussions, Certifications in RaceDay Scoring and RaceJoy, and a Happy Hour. Collectively, the group attended 3,940 hours of education. While our “normal” Symposiums focus on a broad range of […]

Coronavirus Impact on Races Week 18

Please see RunSignup.com/ChallengePlatform, RunSignup.com/GoVirtual, Looking Forward: Guidelines for Races, and RunSignup.com/Coronavirus for recommendations and tools. Things continue to evolve as of May 17, 2020 from Week 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 of the Coronavirus.  The transaction volume we saw the past week is 8% lower than the […]

RaceJoy Rocks: Demo of Race Anywhere

Launched at RunSignup’s Virtual Symposium RunSignup launched RaceJoy Rocks Virtual 5K demo run/walk during this week’s Virtual Symposium. This is race anywhere virtual 5K where race organizers are able to experience the participant perspective or the supporting spectator perspective. An audio tour of RaceJoy’s key features is provided. Those that register and enter their provided […]

RaceDay Virtual Results Now Supports Personal GPS Activity Submission

RunSignup now supports the ability for participants to submit their virtual results by uploading their GPS activity recorded while using third party types of tracking tools. Participants record their activities for Virtual Events on a multitude of devices and platforms. Two very common formats of data are GPX and FIT, which services like Garmin and […]

More Reasons to Stop Using Widgets

We have posted in the past that we will not be supporting widgets. This is due to modern browsers stopping support. Safari stopped supporting session tracking several months ago, and Chrome will stop in July. As we discussed a year and a half ago, widgets are not a good long term strategy for putting functionality on […]

RunSignup 2020 Alan Jones Timer Award Winner: Todd Henderlong

Awarded This Week at RunSignup’s Virtual Symposium  RunSignup announces this year’s Alan Jones Timer Award winner, Todd Henderlong, with T&H Timing located in Indiana. RunSignup’s annual timer award recognizes an individual race timer who has shown exceptional efforts and has had a significant impact on the endurance race industry. Todd, who is highly immersed in […]

Coronavirus Impact on Races Week 17

Please see RunSignup.com/ChallengePlatform, RunSignup.com/GoVirtual, Looking Forward: Guidelines for Races, and RunSignup.com/Coronavirus for recommendations and tools. Things continue to evolve as of May 17, 2020 from Week 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 of the Coronavirus.  The transaction volume we saw the past week is 10% lower than the same week last year […]

Team Results for Challenges

We have released a whole new generation of Team Results capabilities on RunSignup. We have an Open Team Results API that scoring platforms like The Race Director and RaceDay Scoring can use for posting more typical race and complex team scoring like Cross Country. We have also included Challenges to automatically produce Team Results when […]

Better Team Results support for Teams and Cross Country

We are happy to announce a whole new generation of Team Results on RunSignup. While it helps improve the previous team results capabilities tremendously, we are probably most excited by the support for Cross Country Results (probably because there are a bunch of cross country nerds working here at RunSignup). As covered in the Team […]

Team Results API

The foundation of our new Team Results, which is used for general Team Scoring and Cross Country as well as Virtual and Challenge events is our open Team Results API. Virtual Races and Challenges need to set up Groups/Teams for their participants to create and join. Once they do, the team results will appear in […]

Coronavirus Impact on Races Week 16

Please see RunSignup.com/ChallengePlatform, RunSignup.com/GoVirtual, Looking Forward: Guidelines for Races, and RunSignup.com/Coronavirus for recommendations and tools. Things continue to evolve as of May 17, 2020 from Week 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 of the Coronavirus.  The transaction volume we saw the past week is 23% lower than the […]

Real Races with Social Distancing: How Vacation Races Held the Bryce Canyon Ultras (651 participants) and Zion at Night (815 participants)

Real races with social distancing continue to happen and Vacation Races is leading the way with the Bryce Canyon Ultras (May 30-31, 651 participants) and Zion at Night (June 5-6, 815 participants). Salem Stanley, Founder & CEO of Vacation Races, says, “What participants want from a race and perceive as being safe has changed. What […]

RaceDay Virtual Results Now Supports Flexible Result Sets

RunSignup just rolled out more flexibility for virtual events wishing to deliver virtual results. Many events will have various registration options that don’t necessarily line up to the results needed. Or there may be unique situations where results need to be combined. Event organizers and timers can now create custom result set configurations to meet […]

Playlist Support Added to Websites

We have added Apple and Spotify Playlist support directly into websites. Simply add your Apple or Spotify Playlist ID to a custom content section and it will appear on your website: As Race Roster helpfully pointed out, it is fun to add a playlist that helps define your race. Especially with virtual races, music is […]

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