RaceRaves is LIVE!

Rewind to April 2014.  A couple of hours after finishing the Big Sur International Marathon, I sat down for lunch with the Gypsy Runner, Mike (who had also finished Big Sur, plantar fasciitis be damned), and Mike’s wife Katie.  Mike and Katie had a top-secret project on which they had been working very hard and the GR and I were finally going to get a sneak peek.  Knowing Mike, I knew it had to be related to one of two passions in his life: biology or running.

What we were shown were static pages for RaceRaves, a website dedicated to races and the people who run them.  Essentially, it’s like Yelp for racers.  Hopefully, people will give as much as they take, and everyone will benefit from the wealth of information available in one location.  If you’ve ever tried to use Google to search for race recaps and elevation profiles for a particular race, you’ll know how annoying and time-consuming it is to sift through the search results for quality, useful information.  Each race page on RaceRaves provides basic information, such as date of the next race, past weather conditions (which I love), and links to the race website and registration (if available).  If the race has been reviewed, it will also show the average ratings for 4 main categories: difficulty, scenery, production, and swag, as well as an overall rating.  Below is the screen shot for the Big Sur International Marathon.  One of the reviewers might look familiar…

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 8.55.53 PMIf there are any blog reports, they’ll be listed on the race page as well.  Each user has his/her own “Staging Area” where you can keep track of PR’s, races you’d like to run, past races, and race reviews.

In September, Mike and Katie asked me to be one of the first beta-testers, to which I happily agreed.  I’ve found the site to be very user-friendly with a clean interface and easy navigation.  In the last couple of months, they’ve already integrated lots of user suggestions, and I know they’re working on many more.  As of last night, the site is officially past beta testing and is live!  I’m excited to see how RaceRaves will grow from here — I think it has the potential to be a really great community and resource for runners!  But it can’t be great without one crucial thing, and that’s YOU.  More users means more reviews, which means more information.  Knowledge is power!

For more on the website, including history, intention, and future developments, I recommend you read Mike’s post!  As always, these opinions are my own and I have not been compensated for this “review”.


Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

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10 comments on “RaceRaves is LIVE!
  1. Dominick S. says:

    Count me in…very cool and yes, I know how damn annoying it is to Google all of the things you mentioned. Hope this works out, it’ll be a timesaver at the bare minimum.

  2. Jan says:

    That’s a super cool website! I love it! I hope it spreads to our rural area and to some of the smaller races too.

    • Mike says:

      Thanks for your interest Jan, we’d love to welcome you aboard. And if we’re missing races you’d like to see, please let us know (feel free to email us or submit them on the site), we’re happy to add them!

    • Jen says:

      The great thing about this site is that it’s all about who participates, regardless of geography or population size. If you can get all of your running friends to review races, and they get their running friends to do the same, then your area might have more reviews than major metropolitan cities!

  3. Mike says:

    Thanks Jen, for playing such a willing and able role in getting RaceRaves up and (pun!) running. And for making time in your busy “eat, run, blog” schedule to rave. 😉 Having lived and run up north for so many years, we’d love to see the site flourish in the Bay Area… and happy to say you’ll continue to play a key role in making that happen!

    • Jen says:

      It’s easy to be on-board with an exciting project and working with intelligent, motivated people. I’m talking about Katie, of course. Just kidding – you’re sorta smart too!

  4. alicias2013 says:

    What a cool idea!! Can’t wait to sign up for an account… like right now. haha! 🙂

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