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 […]

Alan Jones Timer Award Nominations Now Open

Seeking Nominees for Timer of the Year Award Know of an amazing timer that has brought a positive impact to the endurance industry? Send your nominations for the Alan Jones Timer Award to info@runsignup.com. Submissions should include the timer’s name, company name, and an explanation, including specific examples of the impact the nominee has made […]

RaceDay Scoring Now Supports Lap Events

Time-Based, Cumulative Mileage Events Now Supported We’ve launched a new release of RaceDay Scoring to support scoring of duration-based lap events. RaceDay Scoring, the industry’s next generation scoring software, now supports time duration-based events where mileage cumulated may vary by individual finisher. RaceDay Scoring is the planned replacement for The Race Director, the scoring software […]

Turkey Trots 2021: The Fun Stuff

We already provided an update on the 2021 Turkey Trot numbers (and they were impressive!), but everyone knows that the full story of Thanksgiving Day events is about more than just numbers. The History of the Turkey Trot Tradition Runners World put out a great article earlier this month exploring the origins of the Thanksgiving […]

Milestones and Badges for Registration

We’ve had Milestones and Badges for peer-to-peer fundraising events using GiveSignup | RunSignup’s registration platform for many years. Today we rolled out redesigned Milestones and Badges that feature a modern design for fundraising pages and a new interface to add achievements from your dashboard. This makes fundraising pages even more engaging, adding value to your […]

2021 Timer Survey Now Open

The annual Timer Market Survey for the endurance industry is now open! This survey is designed to provide insights into the timer industry and focuses on understanding timers’ business practices, current challenges, technology used, and obtaining input on products and services needed. It is an opportunity for timers to help their peers and the industry […]

Q3 RaceTrends Update

We release an annual RaceTrends Report each winter to provide a thorough assessment of the state of the endurance and fundraising events industry. This year, as event organizers adapt to new conditions, we are pulling a few key metrics each quarter to better evaluate the recovery of the industry. The Data The data used for […]

Giving Tuesday Product Roadmap

Our mission at GiveSignup | RunSignup is to build great technology that helps our nonprofit and endurance customers engage and activate supporters to raise money and grow communities. In addition to helping your organization with fundraising events, GiveSignup also helps nonprofits grow and streamline year-round giving with a suite of donation and standalone fundraising features. […]

Endurance Event Highlights from the Summer Virtual Symposium

If you want catch up on all the sessions from last week’s Virtual Symposium, it’s not too late to do that. But we also wanted to take a minute to dive a little deeper into the key takeaways from a few of our favorite sessions focused on endurance events. The main message: it’s time to […]

Q2 2021 GiveSignup | RunSignup Report

Q2 marks the quarter where our business and our customer’s business returned to growth. Vaccination rates going up, cases, hospitalizations and deaths going down dramatically caused states to open up. As we had been expecting, that is great news for live events. The cover photo above is from the Scott Coffee Run. We wrote about […]

Observations from a Post Pandemic Race

The Scott Coffee Run was this past weekend. As followers of us know, this was the race that inspired the creation of RunSignup in 2010. Bob is a race director for the race and saw the need for better technology at races. We wanted to share our observations from a “post pandemic” race. Fun It […]

How to be a Race Director: 2021 Education Round-Up

With our 2021 Spring Forward Seminar we capped off a year of extensive virtual education focused on helping event professionals and nonprofits manage the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and pivot events from in-person to virtual to hybrid. Between multi-session virtual seminars and webinars throughout the year, the last 13 months have been a whirlwind […]

Spring Forward Seminar: Recordings and Resources

Thanks to all the nonprofits, event directors, and timers, who registered to join us for our Spring Forward Session! You can refer to all the videos and resources below as you start preparing your Hybrid event strategy in 2021. Key Resources These informational hubs are your best resource for a deep-dive into the specific solutions […]

Steps for Students 2021 Case Study

New Backend Technology and Virtual Fundraising Event Debrief Case Study Key Topics: Fundraiser, team fundraising success Integrated technology Timer going the extra mile RunSignup’s data integration Creative virtual approach, success during Covid-19 Virtual race considerations Event Showcased: 2021 Steps for Students, Galveston-Houston, Texas Race Organizers Interviewed: Julie Eberle, Associate Director of Development – Special Events, […]

Fundraising Events (Episode 1): Entering the World of Virtual Events

Want to learn from fundraising event experts while you run, walk, or clean your house? GiveSignup | RunSignup Sales Lead Bryan Jenkins has started a hyper-focused podcast series to bring you stories of successful fundraising events, no reading required. In each episode, Bryan will chat with an influencer in the event industry who’s been instrumental […]

Product News! New and Improved RaceDay CheckIn App

Efficient Race Day Processing of Participants  We are very excited to launch our new and improved RaceDay Check-In mobile application! Available for Android and iOS devices, the new release of the free RaceDay Check-In app offers core functionality improvements, simplified user experience, and a refreshed interface. RunSignup’s RaceDay CheckIn app is designed for race organizers […]

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