In addition to the big news that The Race Director has joined forces with RunSignUp, we are also excited to introduce a new offering for Race Director timers – Race Director Go, or RD Go.
RD Go allows any Race Director (RD) timer to simply upload results to the web and provide finish notifications to runners and their friends without the usual complications. If you know how to produce local results with RD, then it will be intuitive how to get them on the web.
We have lowered the costs from My-Finish, and there is no cost for races who use RunSignUp for registration. You can see more information on pricing here.
RD Go is available in pre-release form now as part of The Race Director 2015. We look forward to feedback and full release over the coming month since this is just a natural extension of all of the integration with between RunSignUp and The Race Director of the past two years.
The process is very simple and can be all done within The Race Director without adding any fields. For full documentation, please see here.
Create a Race
The first step is to Create an account (if you are already a RunSignUp user you can use your existing account since we are built on the same cloud platform). Then you can Create a Race (again, if you are a RunSignUp timer and have a race already, RD will show you a list of your races already and will tie the existing Online Race to your RD race). Note RD is smart enough to know the Events you have on the PC and creates those online automatically for you.
You can upload participant data that is in RD already. This is useful for providing an online mechanism for registering for Result Notifications. This also loads all of the bulk data to RD Go so people can see participant information before the race if enabled. It also reduces the amount of data that is required to transfer to the cloud once results start flowing in.
QR Code for Individual Results
RD Go also makes it simple to generate custom URL’s for each participant. These can be sent to the bib maker to produce a custom finisher information QR Code for each bib as seen below.
To simply publish results, go to the “Event” setting in Tailor -> Divisions and determine whether or not results are sent to RD Go. Each time you create a new race in Race Director, a single event is also created. For the RD Go live results posting, it is never necessary to have more than this one, single event.
There are simple settings for displaying Age Groups online.
You can even configure to show double dipping of age group awards:
The results are displayed in a “Responsive Design”, which means they look great on mobile phones as well. This is important as many runners are checking your website for results right after the race.
Widget on Your Website
The online results have a specific URL that you can share. To embed these results on the race website and your timing website, you can simply click the “embed” link at the bottom of the results page and copy and paste that code into your webpage and you get these beautiful searchable results:
If enabled, anyone can sign up to receive notifications on participants. Online, the participants will by default be displayed with data similar to what is in the Results (Name, Age, City, State). The Online system has a configuration to adjust what data is shown or to force people to enter the correct name to sign up for notifications. In either case, the runners as well as any family members can go online to sign up for notifications. They simply click on the name and specify whether they want TXT and/or EMail.
The Timer Dashboard online gives you the ability to set up custom notifications with custom text and specific fields to be displayed (see examples on the right). For example, you can create a TXT that says something like “Congratulations Bob on completing the Budweiser Rotary 5K in a time of 17:32. Your overall place was 32 and your gender place was 28.”
We look forward to your feedback to make this even simpler and more powerful. Let us know your ideas and feedback!