Customer Spotlight: 30th Anniversary Tour of the Firefighter Challenge

Making a Great Impression with a Great Website Websites and cover pages to a lot more than look nice − they are often your first chance to make a great impression. Without them, visitors who are thinking about signing up for your race or supporting your cause with a donation could be left with questions […]

Virtual Challenges: Built to Last

While events continue to trend back towards in-person (or at least hybrid), don’t neglect the virtual option that’s truly built to last: virtual challenges. A virtual challenge is typically a longer-term event (weeks to months) in which a larger goal is achieved through many days of activity and the winner is the first person to […]

Challenge Events Setup How-To for Timers

As events continue to introduce challenge events as either an add-on or alternative to traditional events, timers are quickly becoming the go-to person for setting up the events on RunSignup’s Challenge Platform. The recorded webinar below, provided by Matt Avery, gives step-by-step instructions on how to set up challenge events and create motivating milestone badges. […]

New Virtual Challenge Milestone Types!

Recently we have added a few more Individual Milestone Types for Virtual Challenges. You can now set up the following types of Individual Milestones to unlock. The newly available Milestone Types are in bold: Fixed Distance Completed Repeating Distance Completed Days of Activity Consecutive Days of Activity Percent of Goal Completed Fixed Elevation Gain Completed […]

RaceJoy for Challenge Events Webinar Recap

RunSignup’s mobile app, RaceJoy, can now be used for distance-based challenge events and is fully integrated with RunSignup’s Challenge Platform. The recorded webinar below provides an overview on the features available for participants and for event organizers to help take their challenge events to the next level. RaceJoy offers an excellent way to provide an […]

Announcing RaceJoy for Virtual Challenge Events!

We are super excited to share that RaceJoy’s is now fully integrated with RunSignup’s virtual Challenge Platform! RunSignup has quickly become the chosen challenge platform provider for fitness and nonprofit communities. The integration of RaceJoy, the industry’s leading race day mobile app, strengthens and expands the challenge experience by offering real-time engagement with participants and automated […]

Planning a Fixed Distance Challenge? Make sure to set up and sort your Results on Milestone Completion Date!

When we first release our Challenge Platform we allowed a few simple ways to sort results – total time or total distance/tally. Since then we have seen a great amount of excitement around Virtual Challenges and the software that we have build to support them. What we have discovered is that many Challenge events want […]

Advice for First-Time Race/Challenge Directors

Virtual races aren’t really new – but with COVID-19 restrictions turning in-person events into virtual ones, experienced race directors are learning what it’s like to be a rookie director all over again. This episode of talkSIGNUP covers tips for a first-time virtual race director (or a second-round virtual director hoping to improve). Key Takeaways Utilize […]

Unrealistic Pace Prevention for Virtual Challenge Activities

We have added a pace confirmation message for Virtual Challenges if the user is about to enter a time and distance for an Activity that would be unrealistic for the selected Activity Type. This has been added to prevent some instances that we have seen where participants accidentally enter 400 miles for a bike ride […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

WV Strong Summer Running Challenge

Update: Here are their Week 2 Numbers: Some fun stats for Week #2 of the Challenge:Total Number of Registered Participants = 1,044 (23 new participants)Total Number of people who have submitted mileage = 936 (89.65%)Total Number of people on pace to complete their challenge = 528 (50.57%)Total mileage submitted = 42,964.0 Ricky Campbell of AP Timing […]

Webinar Recap and Recording: Virtual Challenge Events for Nonprofits

Your nonprofit needs to raise money and engage supporters without spending money. GiveSignup’s free and flexible challenge platform gives your nonprofit all of the tools to create an interactive and social virtual challenge: push-up competition, cycle/run across your state, dance-athons, and more. With live map tracking, progress meters, easy activity logging, and beautiful activity pages that […]

Overall Dynamic Challenge Goal

You can now set an overall goal for your challenge that updates in real-time. This is great for challenge events that have a collective goal that all participants are working together to achieve. For example, American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation Runs the Country Challenge has set the goal to run across the country in one week. […]

Webinar Recap and Recording: Virtual Challenge Events

Have you heard about the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee? They opened registration on RunSignup in April thinking they would get 200 participants, and ended up with more than 19,000 registrations. When we saw the demand for virtual challenges, we built a challenge platform that handles everything from participants logging and tracking their activity to […]

Cycling Challenge with Elevation

Elevation has been added as a new type of challenge. This is very useful for cycling as well as mountain trail running. It allows challenges to collect both distance and elevation along with time all at once. Note the columns for Time, Distance and Elevation in this example: Individual results will show details: Let’s show […]

Challenge Activity Timelines and User Experience Updates

After thousands of people logged their miles this weekend for challenges like The Jersey Virtual Challenge and the Buckeye State Challenge, we accelerated the release of a new user interface to make it even easier for people to log their activity. There are 3 major updates: Log a single activity screen Activity Timeline Component Don’t […]

Cross Country Summer Training Challenges

High school and college cross country teams use the challenge platform to not only track summer training, but also for fundraising. We have created two examples that Bob is in the process of getting approval to use at the high school he used to coach at (Moorestown) and where he ran in college (Bucknell). You […]

Live Map Tracking for Challenges

The next release of our Challenge software is now available – live map tracking. You can see it live on some challenges already – for example the Buckeye Challenge (yes, the challenge is to run around the perimeter of Ohio). This results page will be improved by the end of the week, but the map feature is […]

Multiple Activities Added to Challenge Events

The next release of our Challenge software is now available – multiple activities. This blog will use a Triathlon as an example, but think creative. Gyms will be able to use this to track multiple challenge activities – maybe pushups, sit-ups and pull-ups. Yoga studios might want to have challenges based on the amount of […]

Challenge Dashboard Intermediate Edition

We are quickly adding features to our Virtual Challenge Event capability (for the growing list of challenge event capabilities see here). We will be doing a set of pretty major revamps of the dashboard pages for setting all of this up over the next week or two. But we thought it might be useful to talk about each […]

Goals Added to Challenge Events

We have added another feature to our Virtual Challenge Event capability (for the growing list of challenge event capabilities see here). This time we have added the capability to add goals – either one the director sets for everyone for each activity, or allow each participant to select their own goal. This is then displayed as a % […]

Overall Totals for Challenge Events

We have added another feature to our Virtual Challenge Event capability (for the growing list of challenge event capabilities see here). Overall Totals for challenge events are now easily available on cover pages. It sums up all of the activities all of your participants have done – miles, kilometers, dance time, pushups, even cat nap […]

Virtual Challenge Events

Note: Check out all the new features by seeing all of the blogs we are posting as we release new capabilities to Challenges. One of the growing types of virtual events are challenges. For example, there are currently challenges to run (virtually) across Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, oh and another New York. But there […]

Bring on the Chocolate Town Challenge!

Runners and walkers can’t resist the draw of the Chocolate Town Challenge in Hershey, Pennsylvania – the Sweetest Place on Earth! The challenge consists of two events; one in the Spring that was held this last weekend and offers a 10k distance and then a Fall half marathon event in October. This past weekend held […]

Autism Society Fundraising Back in Action!

An Example of Best Practices Applied Most running, walking, and cycling events serve a fundraising function for important services to support our communities like the Autism Society of Central Virginia’s 5K Challenge. ASCV has multiple ways its raises funds to support its growing programs, and reports that their 5K challenge is its largest annual fundraiser. […]

News Announcement: New Version of RaceDay CheckIn Now Available

We are excited to announce the newest release of the RaceDay CheckIn App offering events greater race day efficiencies. Available for Android and iOS devices, the new release of the free RaceDay Check-In app is one of the most valued technology products used by races across the country with an expected two million check-ins this year as races return to pre-pandemic activity levels. RunSignup’s RaceDay CheckIn App’s latest version offers advantages with tighter integration with registration data, improved setup configurations options, fundraising and donation status, related team check-ins, and new intelligent check-in features. RunSignup’s RaceDay CheckIn app is designed for race organizers and volunteers to deliver an efficient race day check-in experience and overcome challenges associated with participant congestion and disparate data. 

RaceDay Scoring Troubleshooting Tips

RaceDay Scoring Troubleshooting Tips This recorded Timer Tip Tuesday is for timers using RaceDay Scoring to score their events and provides tips on addressing potential setup issues and challenges on race day. RunSignup’s Crisp McDonalds walks through strategies such as creating test reads, backing up files, recalculating reads, ensuring timers are on the current version […]

RaceJoy Overview and Demo

Below is a an overview and product demo of RaceJoy’s key features. RaceJoy is RunSignup’s mobile app for endurance events giving real-time updates and interaction for participants, spectators, and race organizers. Events using RunSignup’s registration receive discounted pricing through certified providers and have the added advantage of seamless integration with registration data, event information, and results. RaceJoy is available for on-site defined course events, virtual race anywhere events, and challenge events.

Customer Stories: Pedal Event Fundraisers

Pedal event fundraisers are a fun and creative way to bring supporters together for an indoor cycling event that can easily offer both in-person and virtual options. With RunSignup’s free tools including free Email Marketing, free websites, and integrated fundraising and donations, nonprofits can raise more and engage supporters with a unique and creative pedal […]

March Madness 2022!

We are predominantly runners, cyclists, swimmers, orienteerers, hikers, and triathletes… but we like to have a little fun with team sports, too. For years, March Madness has been a chance to engage in some friendly competition with our friends, partners, and customers, and we are excited to see which customers have all the inside information this […]

Founder’s Corner – Continuous Improvement

I got spurred to write about this topic on Founder’s Corner about Continuous Improvement by an email from a customer yesterday: Hi Bob, my name is Tom Gifford and I am the Race Series Director for the East Shore YMCA. We are in Harrisburg, PA. I have been using RunSignUp since 2015 and I wanted to […]

Founder’s Corner – Guiding Principles

This is the initial post for the Founder’s Corner Series. It is fitting, because this is what we use as our core set of principles. Almost every decision we make can come back to this as a root set of principles to guide what the decision should be. We have had these in place since […]

Founder’s Corner – Ramblings on What, Why, and How We do Things at RunSignup

I’m starting up this series of blog posts to share the reason behind what, why and how we do things at our company. As we are growing, we have more and more new employees and more and more new customers. A couple of days ago I found myself trying to explain a bunch of things […]

Types of Ticket Events

With the introduction of TicketSignup earlier this month, we’ve had an influx of questions from customers, including the most basic one: what type of events use TicketSignup’s Ticket Events instead of RunSignup’s Registration Events? The answer is: many! Ticket events include everything from corn mazes and holiday light shows to luncheons and free events. This […]

What Happened with Virtual Events in 2022?

This is one of series of blogs we’ll use to break down key endurance industry trends we saw in 2021, and evaluate what they mean for race directors as you prepare for 2022. You can find the full report (and more resources) below, along with additional blogs on the topic. >> How Much Was Race […]

Introducing TicketSignup

RunSignup is proud to announce TicketSignup, an offering that provides event directors with an intuitive and free event ticketing option that works for simple, complex, and multi-day events. TicketSignup provides event directors with all the tools they need for a successful event, including free email marketing, free websites, integrated marketing tools, and an event day […]

How Much Was Race Participation Impacted by COVID in 2021?

This is the first in a series of blogs we’ll use to break down key endurance industry trends we saw in 2021, and evaluate what they mean for race directors as you prepare for 2022. You can find the full report below. How Did 2021 Race Participation Compare to 2020? This is the good news. […]

Speed Round: Tips, Tricks, and Technology

Bryan Jenkins returned to the screen with a (renamed) perennial favorite: a rapid-fire review of all the key settings and features that customers frequently overlook. With 75+ items, there’s something for everyone! Find something you want to learn more about? Check out the (many) resources below. More Resources…. Managing Your Race Single Sign On On […]

Mary Anderson Receives Alan Jones Timer Award

GiveSignup | RunSignup announces the 2021 Alan Jones Timer Award winner, Mary Anderson, founder of Anderson Race Management located in Eagan, Minnesota. The Alan Jones Timer Award recognizes an individual race timer who has shown exceptional efforts and who has had a significant positive impact on the endurance race industry. Anderson’s 28 years in the […]

4 Events that Prove You Don’t Have to Stay Inside in Winter

As work through our data for the upcoming 2021 RaceTrends report (coming soon!), we noticed one decidedly consistent trend: December, January, and February always have the fewest number of events. We know, it’s cold, there’s weather, holiday travel takes over, and it’s hard to get people out for a 5K. But that doesn’t mean you […]

2022 Product Roadmap

As we enter a new year, we are producing multiple blogs that give a full 2021 Product Recap, our 2021 RaceDay Recap, a 2021 Business Recap, our Vision for 2022 and Beyond, and this one – which will talk about our Product Roadmap for 2022. We have a single robust, highly available platform and integrated database that we […]

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