Over the past years there has been a trend toward bigger and more extreme sports events attracting thousands of people. Up until last spring, there were many big events like city runs, cycling tours and family style survival runs. Although they fulfilled a certain demand in attracting crowds, they were very much commercialized and often did not not serve the real athletes. The real sports lovers are not there for the T-shirt. They don’t need a goody bag or a fancy medal. They just want some good opponents and a recognition of their achievement. So why not organize a mini competition instead?
We love the mini competition
The trend of growing numbers in sports started in the eighties in running events. City marathons started to attract more and more runners. Timing chips were introduced in the mid-nineties making it possible for these events to attract even more runners.
With the numbers growing, the commercial side of the event grew as well and it sometimes looks like its not worth going if you do not get a T-shirt and a goody bag and a lot of Facebook likes.
At RaceGorilla, we value the real achievement in sports: your time and rank available as soon as you cross the finish line, even in a small race.
Forget about the hassle of chip distribution and hiring professional timers. forget about the need to attract large numbers to make a profit on your event. Just gather a couple of timing volunteers and return to the basics of your sport.
Small in numbers, big in detail
At RaceGorilla we’ve done some real nice events over the last years. Often they are in niche sports, such as vertical running, cani cross, Surf-ski or even a soapbox race.
Sometimes the sport is well known, but there are small clubs or countries that organize small events. We’ve done cross-country skiing across sand dunes for example, 100kM cycling and trail running tours. The cycling time trials at the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos were very special for us. We’ve done triathlons in Singapore and even did some backup timing in the Tour de France.
The main thing about these events is: The organizer, the athletes or the public, recognized the need for live and detailed results. No matter how small the number of participants, if you would want to have ten splits or 25 categories it’s no problem for our software.
With some creativity and practice any competition format is possible with RaceGorilla.
Start using RaceGorilla
Organising a mini competition using RaceGorilla is easy. You can create an account, log-in and create a competition. A RaceGorilla competition is free up until 10 participants as a demo. Using the RaceGorilla-Competition app for timing and scoring is free to use for the timing crew members. If you want to learn more, have a look at the tutorials or watch this video.