November is often one of thanks so it is appropriate that I am able to write this note during this grateful month.
Rhode Races & Events has just wrapped up its first year of operations and we are so thankful for you; our participants, our volunteers, our vendors, our sponsors, our Rhode Crew and our partners. The first year of any business is a challenge and this one has had its fair share – but we have loved every race this year and it is all because we feel like we are with our family and friends. It isn’t a “job” for us, it is as if we are hosting our family and friends at a party. We are so grateful you have been a part of our events this year.
We are not sitting back – we have a number of ideas about how to improve for next year. For example, RaceJoy will be free to all participants and will provide live athlete tracking as well as off-course alerts (but we know you won’t need those!). We are looking to make our races even more eco-friendly with bike valet service from Velofix. Starting with the Newport race – avoid the shuttles and traffic – bike to the start of the race and leave your bike with Velofix. We will step up our recycling efforts and partner with more charities to enhance the communities that we are proud to showcase. We are moving our registration platform to RunSignUp which will have a more robust experience for you as a participant – you can manage your profile, change your race distance, defer your race, see your results and locate some of the photo’s that were taken. This will all be housed within your profile so you can see your year over year results too. If you run with your friends – you can receive a refund if they sign up with your referral registration link! Get enough friends and your race is FREE! We are updating our Rhode Master Series to include 5 races next year. We are in the process of creating the medals and swag for those that compete in at least 3 of these races. It will be even better VIP experience next year for these participants – more to follow!
We continue to learn and evolve and try to make better experiences for all of you. We will send out a year end survey next month to hear more from you as to what you would like as a runner in 2017. We want to know what your suggestions and ideas are!
As a way of saying thank you, we have made all our items in our Rhode Races store at 30% off. Use coupon THANKYOU at our SHOP and pick up some sweet swag that shows off your Rhode Racer status.
And, as a past participant – use code 2016RUNRRE – to save 20% off any of our Rhode Races. Register at this link before the code expires on 12/1.
Again – we thank you for joining us in our inaugural year. We hope you will be back next year for even more fun!