Race Director 2016 User Conference

January 4, 2016.  The date for the 2016 user conference is March 8-9.  The location is the Sheraton DFW which is located near the Dallas Ft. Worth airport.  There will be a social event sponsored by Run Sign Up on the evening of March 8, so make travel plans such that you arrive at the hotel by late afternoon on the 8th.  We will wrap up on the 9th by 4 pm.

You can register for the conference using this link

For hotel reservations, use this link.

The Race Director 2016

The Race Director 2016 is now available!

To get started with Race Director 2016, please renew your annual support subscription now.  Use the Buy Now option found under the Purchase menu at the Race Director website.  Once the page loads, use the "Annual Support / Other Options" purchase type and select the appropriate support plan based on the number of races you are scoring annually. 

2016 Improvements Summary

There are many significant improvements in RD 2016 including:

  • New Partners.  Race Director has added Trident to the list of supported chip systems.  Integrations have also been built to online registration systems imAthlete, MyLaps, Race Entry, Race Roster, and Direct Athletics.
  • Participant Update.  Added a browse button to enable viewing and updating participant data in a grid.  Created the ability to search by bib number and name and to sort the grid by any column.
  • Cross Country Announcer.  Added a new version of the Announcer screen.  The left side of the screen shows the finish list and the right side shows team scores.  Team scores are updated with each finisher.
  • 2015 Age Graded Factors.  Updated Race Director to use the latest 2015 factors.  Made major changes in the tracking of age grade percentage.  The assignment of the distance-based factors is now done directly on the Division setup screen.  The age grade factor, percentage and net time are now calculated and saved for each participant each time the calculation process fires.  You can select any of these fields in Report Line Definitions or as exported data.  There is a new setting on the Overall Results report to include the age grade percent as a column on this report.

The entire list of detailed ehancements can be reviewed by clicking on read more or printed from the 2016 Enhancements pdf.

Cross Country Season 2015

September 15, 2015 - It's that time of year again - cross country season is upon us.  Some nice changes are available in RD 2015 for cross country including total integration with the new TFRRS processes and live results with my-finish.com.

The TFRRS integration is a very significant one. The integration is available now in the latest 2015 update and is documented Appendix A in the Cross Country Scoring Guide.  

RunSignUp Community to Sponsor BOSTON

RunSignUp Community to Sponsor BOSTON – The First-Ever Film about the Legendary Boston Marathon
Running Community Comes Together to Fund the Production of BOSTON with up to $200,000 of Donations
Los Angeles, CA, May 27, 2015 – LA Roma Films, the production company of award-winning director Jon Dunham, creator of the Spirit of the Marathon films, announced today the beginning of an innovative sponsorship agreement with RunSignUp to become an Official Sponsor of the upcoming feature documentary BOSTON.

BOSTON signifies the first time in the marathon’s 120-year history that the story of this iconic race is being told on film.  The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has granted unprecedented, exclusive access to the Boston Marathon to LA Roma Films, and the production will detail the rich history that makes Boston America’s Race including the extraordinary support of the entire running community after the tragic events of 2013, as well as the race’s moving return in 2014.

RunSignUp Sponsors Boston
“The RunSignUp Community is excited to be able to sponsor BOSTON,” said Bob Bickel, RunSignUp Founder. “This movie needs to be made, and the whole running community needs to come together to make sure the funds are raised to produce the same type of high quality documentary that Jon was able to create with Spirit of the Marathon.”

“The Boston Marathon has a legendary history and our production team feels a great sense of responsibility for telling this story right,” said Dunham. “BOSTON is an independent film that needs the running community’s support.  We are excited that RunSignUp can help this important film become a reality by bringing together the collective efforts of the thousands of races and timers, and hundreds of running clubs and running stores who use their registration, results and membership.”

RunSignUp will match up to $100,000 of donations to the production of BOSTON, meaning the community is hoping to raise $200,000 in total. RunSignUp will enable races and clubs to make donations that will be matched at RunSignUp.com/BOSTON/Donate. RunSignUp races will allow runners to make a $5.00 donation to #FundBostonFiIm with a simple checkbox on the checkout page. Races will also have the option to increase the processing fees by $0.25 per transaction, which will also be matched by RunSignUp. If even 10% of the races using RunSignUp have their runners pay the extra processing fee, it will generate $75,000, which would be matched by RunSignUp. RunSignUp Races can make these changes in their dashboard.

RunSignUp has asked that the sponsorship not be exclusive so that the entire running community can find ways to get behind the film. In particular, RunSignUp is suggesting that running clubs and running stores create Fundraising teams on Crowdrise. RunSignUp also encourages other race registration providers to take similar steps to help #FundBostonFilm.

Guy Morse, former Boston Marathon Executive Director and member of the BOSTON sponsorship team, said “We are happy to have the RunSignUp Community step up to become our first major sponsor for the film. We have a large fundraising and sponsorship goal to meet so the movie can be completed in 2016.  It is exciting to see the running community have a chance to come together in this way to support the incredible story of the Boston Marathon.”

The Race Director imATHLETE Integration

Race Director Software and imATHLETE are excited to announce their integration.  The integration allows all Race Director users to easily import participant data directly from imATHLETE, including incremental data collected during on-site registrations.  imATHLETE allows you to quickly define which fields you want to import, ensuring is a streamlined process.

imATHLETE clients include the Austin Marathon, Dallas Marathon, ASICS Los Angeles Marathon, OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Bike New York, GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon and thousands more.  imATHLETE is one of the fastest growing companies in the market, and is changing the way event organizers engage with their participants.  Find out more at imATHLETE.com or visit their blog at blog.imATHLETE.com/blog

Product Features

The Race Director - System designed specifically for the management of races (running, bicycle, skiing).

-Participant setup
-Results entry
-Pre-race reports
-Post-race reports
-Software for timing
-Individual and team scoring for single races, biathlons and triathlons.  

Designed for use with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000.  
Interfaces to all major chip systems:
- MyLaps BibTag
-RFID (Accuchip)
-Winning Times

Click on Read More for additional information on this comprehensive application.
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Here are some sites that should be of interest to all Race Directors

The Race Timer - Very nice, well documented PC Timing program with interface capabilities designed specifically for Race Director.

Madden Corporate Services, Inc. - T Shirts, awards and other products for Race Directors

Rainbow Racing - Race Numbers and Supplies

Finish Line Clock  - Overhead clock for your finish line.

Flying Feet Computers  - Makers of the Time Machine electronic time recording system

Time Tech - Makers of the Sprint 8 timer

Interactive Inflatables - Makers of start/finish archways, pop up tents, manners and feather flags.

StickmanImages.com - Event photos.