People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay is one of those premium races that surrounds the runner and spectator with race centric services that you don’t see at every race. Race organizers at RunVermont truly focus on ways in which to add to the race experience, and not just for race participants, but spectators as well. This is evident in their multiple relay options and the services they provide before, during and after the race. One, of which, was RaceJoy!
People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon and Relay is a single 26.2 course, but with five different ways of completing the race – from solo to a five person relay teams in many different combinations and award categories (2, 3, 4 and 5 person teams – 26.2 miles to 5.24 mile relay legs). This is brilliant because it means everyone in the race is doing the marathon – whether as a solo rock star or part of a rock star band. 🙂
We see relay teams are really growing around the country and the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay attracts more relay participants than you typically see. The great thing about relay teams is that they offer flexibility for people at varying fitness levels and create an opportunity to share in the race experience together. It is also an ideal way for someone who may be a little intimidated by the whole race experience to try it out with the support of friends.
Lots of funny, creative team names at this last weekend’s race in Vermont:
- Cirque d Sore Legs
- Goody Too Shoes
- Your Pace or Mine
- Pavement Pounders
- Cruising Cousins
- Sistas from Different Mistas
- Call me a Cab
- Wheezers and Geezers
- Bringing SexC Back
- Two Wild and Crazy Guys
- Sole Mates
- Cheaper Than Therapy
- Achilles Healeys
- Less Miles More Smiles
- Will Run 4 Beer
- Grin & Beer It
- Brew Crew (seems to be a pattern here)
- Old and in the Way
- Like Father Like Son (ahhhh)
Relay teams are one of the highest users of RaceJoy, and this race was no exception. RaceJoy’s live GPS tracking is the main feature relay teams like to use so that they can track each other’s blue dot on the course and send each other fun cheers. Teams also make use of the NearMe proximity alerts so they can be ready for the handoff as their teammate is drawing near. Below is a capture of live phone tracking at this last weekend’s Vermont race.
People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay chose to provide the Featured Race experience in RaceJoy and we integrated with ChronoTrack’s CTLive to deliver real-time progress alerts as participants crossed timing points on the course and results within moments of crossing the finish line. RaceJoy issued more than 65,000 progress alerts – now, that is a lot of alerts! Race organizers also included all their key race weekend related information in RaceJoy to further provide assistance to participants and spectators.
Note: Races in RaceJoy that are not Featured Races offer GPS-based progress alerts based on the person’s phone position vs. their bib or chip crossing race timing points.
Race organizers further added to the race experience by offering specialized race related services like Virtual Event Bags, MarathonFOTO, and RunPix. These companies openly worked with us to integrate within their platforms so that we could deliver a seamless and total solution within RaceJoy.
Hats off to all the finishers of the Vermont City Marathon & Relay. We hope you enjoyed the race and using RaceJoy. If you haven’t done this race, and you’d like to tackle a full marathon on your own or with a group of friends in a gorgeous area of the country, you should consider this one. It is a fun way for friends to experience a race together and race organizers are sure to treat you to a full premium race experience!
Special thank you to all of you who used RaceJoy at the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay and to race organizers who wanted to bring you the RaceJoy experience! We also thank all of the technology integration partners whose open collaboration helped to bring you the complete experience in RaceJoy.