On November 6th, 2011, our city hosted one of the world’s greatest road races, the ING New York City Marathon. With over $600,000 in prize money, over 100,000 applicants and over two million spectators, this iconic event is one that tops the charts for many.
In its 41st year, the Marathon went social in a variety of ways. Here are some of the latest and greatest ways spectators were able to support their runners on another level through technology:
Official ING New York City Marathon Mobile Spectator App: This app let users track up to 10 runners simultaneously, as well as watch live streams of the race and view an interactive course map. Another fantastic component of this app is that runners could use it to push out live notifications of where they were at along their five-borough journey.
TrackMyRunners via Web and SMS: This service allowed users to track up to five runners through their web browser or track up to three runners through text alerts. This service allowed tracking on race day and afterward, and there was no advance registration needed.
SupportYourMarathoner.com: Created by Asics America, this service allowed people to support their marathoners via pre-recorded videos, images and text that played over a large LCD screen triggered by the runner’s personalized RFID tag. Click here to watch the informational video of how this technology worked.
As someone who knew several runners participating, the ING New York City Marathon App made a world of difference when it came to tracking down my runners. Starting off in Brooklyn I was able to track my runners’ progress in real-time at mile 12, then headed to Manhattan where I was able to convince spectators who were already there to let me cut in front of them by showing them my app and telling them my runners would be approaching mile 18 at any moment.
It’s great to see a sport which is usually pretty isolated find ways to engage with spectators and aspiring runners alike. Which sporting events do you think would be a great fit for this type of social technology?
-Manisha M, Account Executive