Well good Spring afternoon readers!
Let me pose a question to the runners in the crowd: How do you like to receive your race results? Seriously, think about that a moment. Race timers are always thinking about the best ways to time a race, keeping costs low and accuracy high. But what about you, the runner? Besides accurate results and a great overall race, how do you prefer to receive your race results?
Here are some options:
- Watch the overhead clock as you run by the finish line
- Look at printed reports posted on a nearby telephone pole
- Look at a computer-based kiosk
- Receive stickers with personalized race results
- Receive a text message on your mobile device
- Wait until you get home to look at a website
I’m interested in knowing because let’s face it, your results are important to you (at least the competitive runner!) and getting them shouldn’t be a grueling experience for you. But the best way? I’m simply not sure. Personally, I’d love to send a text message to you. I could easily communicate your gun finish and chip finish time, and even your rank overall and within age bracket. But I only see a small percentage of runners crossing the finish line with their phones. A growing percentage, yes, but is it really a viable option? And I’d have to collect your phone number during registration, of course.
So let me know. Feel free to use the blog post ‘comment’ feature to provide feedback.