RunScore and Race Director, the two leading providers of timing software, independently polled their users to ascertain the registration providers most used and most liked by their user base. These surveys, a follow-up to a similar 2014 survey, help identify the registration providers that are most prominent among the timers served by the software companies.
The combined RunScore and Race Director 2016 surveys found that RunSignUp was both the most commonly used (52.91% compared to 39.00% in 2014) and most often the favorite system (47.09% compared to 33.60% in 2014). In total, respondents reported 52 separate registration companies used, with 25 of them being selected as the favorite provider for at least one user.
Another interesting trend is the increase in using one’s own system: this option increased in use from 10.10% in 2014 to 14.56% in 2016, and has risen to 2nd in the list of favorite registr ation systems (11.65% in 2016 from 6.40% in 2014).
You can see a full comparison of the results in 2016 vs 2014 here: https://runsignup.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/survey.pdf
Race Director has also posted a full breakdown of their survey results, as well as the combined 2016 results here: http://www.theracedirector.com/2016OnlineRegistrationProviderSurvey
About the Survey: This is not a scientific study, but rather, a voluntary survey of RunScore and Race Director users. It was sent out separately to users of each software system, and posted online to timer forums. Respondents were able to select multiple registration companies that they currently use (to represent ALL systems they use), but only selected one that is their favorite.
RunSignUp is the leading innovator of online tools for races registration, race day solutions, and running clubs. Services include RunSignUp for registration, RunSignUp Go for Race Day, RunSignUp RD Go for Timers, RunSignUp Clubs to enable membership management, and RaceJoy for mobile experiences. More than 10,000 race directors, timers, running club officers and running stores use these services today, including leading organizations like the Boilermaker Road Race, Crim Festival of Races, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., Fifth Third River Bank Run, Blacklight Run, Bubble Run, Night Nation, Mercedes Marathon, Kentucky Derby Festival, Leone Timing, KC Running Company, Compuscore Timing, Knoxville Track Club, Pike Peak Road Runners, Gulf Coast Runners, Columbus Running Company, Playmakers Running Store and many more. In 2015, over 10,000 races used the system to register more than 2.7 million participants. Services are free except for processing fees when conducting monetary transactions such as race registration or club membership renewal. RunSignUp is founded by runners for runners, using technical capabilities to bring the power of cloud computing to benefit the running community. For more information, visit www.RunSignUp.com.