The 2019 RunSignup Symposium closed up on Wednesday, July 17th. The sold out event gathered 293 race directors, timers, and industry professionals in Philadelphia PA, for education and networking opportunities.
Highlights of the 2019 education program included:
- 18 education sessions on race promotion, registration management, fundraising, and race day technology
- A fundraising panel led by Bryan Lively of ACL Squared, with contributions from Mitch Stoller of AACR, Courtney Slack from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and Amanda Sweet from the Muscular Dystrophy Association
- A marketing panel with contributions from Thomas Neuberger and Rachael Blanchard from Big Run Media, Courtney Young from Sour Fish Events, and Robby McClung from Cranberry Joe
- Business sessions for race directors and timers with contributions from Scott Sutter from RaceInsure, Kevin Harris from RunSignup, Michelle Bettis from 3W Races and Matt McMorris from Green Leaf Racing
- 32 Small Group Workshops on specific features
- A RaceDay Certification on RaceDay Scoring and RaceJoy for an additional 50+ timers
- Advanced sessions for certified timers, covering strategic business thinking, RaceJoy, RaceDay technology best practices for relays, ultras, wave events and triathlons, the RaceDay CheckIn App, RaceDay Scoring, The Race Director, and RaceDay Photos
- RaceDay Demo rooms for a hands-on experience with a variety of RaceDay products and timing hardware equipment, including ChronoTrack/Athlinks, MYLAPS, Active Ipico, race result, and Nova Timing Systems.
Additional memorable moments included:
- The unveiling of GiveSignup, a new division of the company focused on providing free technology to nonprofits
- The awarding of the Alan Jones Timer Award to Marc Roy from Sportstats
- An Opening Reception at the historic Reading Terminal Market
- A Networking Happy Hour at Love City Brewing
- A morning run along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with a photo-op at the Rocky Statue
Presentation materials from the Symposium are archived here, and additional resources and videos will be published as they are available.
RunSignup believes that technology training, knowledge sharing, and peer networking improves the entire endurance industry. As such, they are an education leader in the industry, with annual reports on RaceTrends and the Top 100 Races, a bi-annual Registration Market Analysis, a robust webinar program, industry case studies, a RaceDay Certification program, a partnership with the Race Directors Hub Facebook Group, and in-person education like the RunSignup Symposium. Stay tuned for more opportunities to share and learn!