Live Rider Tracking Allows Pan-Mass Challenge Participants to Track Two Days and up to 192 Miles of Cycling
Rumford Point, Maine (August 15, 2017) – This year, the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), the nation’s most successful athletic fundraising event, allowed participants, family and friends to track riders up to 192 miles across Massachusetts over the course of two days. Live tracking was made possible through collaboration between All Sports Events, race|result and RTRT.
For the first time in PMC history, more than 6,200 participating cyclists could successfully find other riders along the routes, while friends and family received notifications of rider progress through text messages, social media or on an internet accessible map. Using race|result hardware All Sports Events ensured all tracking data streamed seamlessly to RTRT tracking by utilizing custom communication connections. RTRT custom-designed a platform for this unique event with 12 options for routes over two days.
Nearly 30,000 individual visitors tracked the 6,200 riders over the course of PMC weekend. “Riders and their families and friends were thrilled to be able to track progress and find one another along the routes,” said David Hellman SVP of Operations for the PMC. “Riders, volunteers and spectators alike have expressed positive feedback regarding their experience with the new tracking option. It is a feature we will continue offering in the future.”
“The preparation and demands of this two day event are unique,” said Jeremy Dill, owner of RTRT. “With 196 timing waypoints we’ve never seen anything quite like it.”
All Sports Events owner, Jenna Ginsberg, said, “We’ve collaborated with many large charity ride events but the Pan-Mass Challenge is by far the most sophisticated. We enjoyed solving the many challenges the two day ride created.”
The PMC raises and contributes more money to charity than any other athletic fundraising event. The 2017 PMC, which took place August 5 and 6, drew more than 6,200 cyclists and 4,000 volunteers to the two-day bike-a-thon. Together, they are working to raise a record goal of $48 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Since its inception in 1980, the PMC has contributed more than $547 million dollars to Dana-Farber.
About All Sports Events
For over 20 years All Sports Events has provided cutting edge event management, operation and technology services to its clients and partners, including a diverse list of events across more than 20 states. They have timed and managed some of the largest triathlons in the northeast; running races; charity riders; golf events; horse shows; mountain biking; alpine and freestyle skiing; snowboarding; and many others. www.allsportsevents.com
RTRT.me provides real-time race tracking and other services for world class running and multi-sport events. “We are passionate and determined to build the best technology possible for the millions of participants, spectators, administrators and volunteers using RTRT around the globe.” www.rtrt.me
race|result offers professional tools for race timers, including timing hardware, transponders and powerful scoring software. With German engineering and a commitment to quality, efficiency, ease of use, customer service and value, race|result has quickly become a leading company in the timing industry. www.raceresult.com
About the Pan-Mass Challenge
The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the world. The 39th PMC will take place on August 4 and 5, 2018. The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the event’s executive director, an annual cyclist, and a fundraiser. The PMC has since raised $547 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The event donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. The PMC generates more than 52 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and is Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. The PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC's goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. The PMC’s hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. For more information on the Pan-Mass Challenge, log onto www.pmc.org.