Coronavirus Impact Week 6

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Things have changed drastically in Week 4 ending Saturday March 21, 2020 from Week 5,  Week 4Week 3 and Week 2

The transaction volume we saw the past week is 76% lower than the same week last year (and since we were seeing growth of 29% from Jan. 1- Mar 7 because of more races moving to our platform, the drop is probably steeper for the industry in general). The 76% is a slight improvement from the 81% the previous week.

We’ve included two charts showing the total $ amount of transactions flowing thru our system on a weekly basis both pre and post Coronavirus. The first is a simple %, and the second is the actual transactions per week on our platform. For example, this past week was $1,539,976 vs. $6,463,751 last year. Also, you can see we were having a great year before the virus…

The other point is that of that lower volume, of the 20 top races over the past week:

  • 10 are virtual races
  • 6 are races scheduled for this spring that have converted to virtual – so those are new virtual race registrations or donations
  • 4 are fall races.

What this means is that the regular race registration revenue these race organizations are used to operating on has fallen probably 90% or more in many cases. 

Donations as a % of volume has increased from 8% to 12% of transaction volume.

As of March 29 2,324 races have used our postponement tool, up from 2,079 last week:

We also have stats on what participants have chosen. Virtual seems to be the most popular choice that races are offering, and participants are selecting:

We continue to see about a 10-15X increase in Chargeback volume. We discussed our concern in this webinar – like the coronavirus numbers, this could become exponential. Chargebacks are being processed against even the most iconic races including Broad Street and Pat’s Run even though they both have communicated great options to participants very clearly.

We continue to receive decisions on our challenges from VISA – and lost all of them to date in spite of no refund policies and many accommodative policies for deferment, virtual and more.

We continue to encourage customers to have a reserve compliant with our reserve policy to stay in compliance with their legal and fiduciary responsibilities to credit card holders. In an effort to help races minimize chargebacks, we instituted a new notification when chargebacks come in to that the race director can reach out to the participant and try to convince them to reverse the chargeback.

We have only seen one reversal come in (when a cardholder reverses the request for a chargeback with their credit card company, we do get a notification and will update your race and give the money back, less the $7.50 processing fee from the credit card network).

Finally, we are beginning to have conversations with a number of race directors, timers and industry organizations about what the “new normal” will be. We are going to be collecting thoughts on approaches to having safe live events ones the stay at home restrictions are lifted. Things like corral size, how to operate checkin, how to handle water stops and awards ceremonies. Also how to expect people to sign up (probably even closer to race day and on race day!). We hope this information will help races prepare and come back stronger than ever and lead our communities in regaining our confidence, health and happiness.

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