RunSignUp has introduced a new TXT Service for Virtual Races. According to the technology provider, this ‘transforms virtual events into vibrant participatory events and connects athletes in remote locations.’RunSignUp notes that virtual races – events in which participants sign up to run a prescribed distance at a location and time of their choice and self-report their results – have grown in popularity in recent years. This is seen to create a demand for more interactivity with virtual participants.Virtual races can take two forms:Standalone event, often with a broad range of time (weeks or months) for participation from competitors in disparate locations.Add-on to an existing in-person event, allowing runners who are unable to participate due to geographic distance, time constraints, or participation caps to join in the festivities from a distance. Add-on events can often appeal to previous participants, family members of friends of current participants, or supporters of a race’s cause.Many virtual events ask participants to report their race times and collate them into results. Virtual TXT Service allows race organizers to communicate with virtual racers in pre-set text exchanges, and lets the participant respond back with their time for the event.These responses are fully integrated with the RunSignUp Results platform, allowing the participant to be added to official results with an auto-calculation of pace and age-grading, as well as personal finisher pages and finisher certificates.RunSignUp adds that ‘People can even sign up for txt notifications alerting them when a virtual runner reports a finish time – just like spectators can get notifications about the finish of a ‘real’ race.’Virtual TXT Service can be used to enhance virtual events in a variety of ways, including to send a video, offer congratulations, or provide a coupon from a sponsor. It can also bring ‘a sense of community and accomplishment of a typical race day to an otherwise isolated athletic feat.’Setup of the service is flexible, allowing for custom messages, time ranges for reporting that can be broad or narrow; and race directors can elect to post times automatically or require approval before posting. RunSignUp is a leading technology provider for races and timers in the United States. More than 16,000 races use RunSignUp to manage their events, registering more than 4 million participants each year. RunSignUp’s platform provides a hub for registration, fundraising, race promotion and race day management, with a convenient CRM view of a races’ participants, donors, sponsors, and more.RunSignUp products include RaceDay Timer product offerings, RunSignUp Clubs program to enable membership management, and RaceJoy for live tracking and race day mobile experiences.Customers include leading organizations such as the Boilermaker Road Race, Crim Festival of Races, Amway River Bank Run, Philadelphia Marathon, Komen Race for the Cure Philadelphia, Mercedes Marathon, Kentucky Derby Festival, Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, Vermont City Marathon, Sports Backers, Race Day Events, Glass City Marathon, Tulsa Run, Space Coast Marathon, Leone Timing, KC Running Company, Compuscore Timing, Knoxville Track Club, Pikes Peak Road Runners, Gulf Coast Runners, Columbus Running Company, Playmakers Running Store and many more.RunSignUp adds that it is founded by runners for runners, using technology innovation to benefit the running community.www.RunSignUp.comrunsignup.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/virtual-race-txt-service Related
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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett ‘absolutely not’ on hot seat, Stephen Jones says “Pretty tough. Pretty tough,” Brady said during his weekly news conference of Watson’s release. “I’ve played with a lot of guys over the years, and Ben’s a great player. He’s been a great player for this team, for other teams. He’s had an incredible career, and hopefully he can keep playing. I know he was looking forward to playing.”I miss him. (His locker) was right next to me. And for as great of a player he was, he was 10 times a better person. Just the highest integrity. I can’t say enough good things about Ben, what he’s meant to me and my family and our team. We’re going to miss him.” Related News Tom Brady doesn’t seem to be pleased the Patriots released Ben Watson.The tight end was informed Monday that New England was letting him go after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and Brady said he already was missing him. Saquon Barkley injury update: Giants star (ankle) officially ruled out for Patriots Sam Darnold injury update: Jets QB (mono) cleared to play vs. Cowboys Now Brady has to rely on free agency acquisition Matt LaCosse and second-year player Ryan Izzo at the position, which has proven to be an adjustment.“Those guys, they’re competing hard,” Brady said of LaCosse and Izzo. “I think they’re trying. Matt hasn’t been out there as much as we all would have wanted — certainly what he would have wanted. Ryan’s done quite a few things for us. We’re just trying to get out there and utilize the reps we can in practice, talk about things, communicate through the things that come up in practice so that we can execute when we get into the game.”LaCosse and Izzo played their best game Sunday in a 33-7 win over the Redskins, but the Patriots’ normally secure tight end spot now has become a weak link this year. Watson’s return from suspension was expected to pad that group, but coach Bill Belichick’s decision to let the 38-year-old go has left the offense a little more exposed.“I mean, I’m the quarterback, so I don’t make those decisions,” Brady said of working with Izzo and LaCosse. “Whoever’s out there, that’s who I’ve got to play with. So, yeah.” The Patriots’ surprising decision didn’t seem to sit well with Brady. Watson was a veteran presence who was expected to fill the role of Rob Gronkowski, who retired last season after spending his whole career in New England.