ACTIVE Innovators: Top 4 Ways the Adidas Shamrock Run Portland is Racing into the Next Generation

With some 30,000 participants expected to take to the streets for its 40th edition this weekend, the third-largest running event in the west is changing the game on themed fun runs through strategic innovations–no luck required.

How The Shamrock Run is Racing Into the Next Generation

Pirates. Superheroes. Runaway Brides. Themed fun runs draw high-spirited participants across the globe, all year round. In addition to established series, novel new events are popping up faster than you can say “zombie dash.”

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Ripple Effect: Powering the Events that Pay It Forward

emmitt smith gran fondoHere at ACTIVE, our ultimate goal is to make the world a more active place. To make good on this goal, we provide the technology that powers literally thousands of events and activities across the world. We support event organizers, race directors and program managers with whatever tools we can deliver that will help them meet their own goals, because when our customers succeed, we succeed. But our ultimate reward comes when we see our customers’ participants cross the finish line with faces showing accomplishment and joy, as was the case this past weekend at the inaugural Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo, a charity fundraiser benefiting Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities. Continue reading

Chicago Park District Shares 3 Tips on Driving Efficiency

Douglas Park (Source: Chicago Park District)

The Chicago Park District has been on the leading edge when it comes to technology. Their best-in-class organization has received numerous awards and accolades over the years – everything from ‘best green practices’ to creating an ‘exceptional workplace’.

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My ACTIVE World Takeaway? Our Customers Are Superheroes!

To wrap up our amazing week at ACTIVE World, we put our customer superheroes in the spotlight. I was honored to moderate a panel with leaders who power incredible activities.

Dana Zilinski from the Chicago Park District walked us through how they left paper-based registration and an unstable ACCESS database behind in favor of ACTIVE Net™, a fully hosted online solution for park registrations.

It was no small feat for the the largest municipal park manager in the U.S. Seriously, can you imagine using spreadsheets to manage participation at 280 staffed park recreation centers, over 500 baseball fields, 26 indoor and 51 outdoor pools, 71 fitness centers, 22 artificial turf fields, 8 gymnastic centers and 2 conservatories? Thankfully, this is a thing of the past.

Liesien Benet of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, emphasized the importance of cross-functional relationships to selling in and implementing technology on a broad scale.

Geoff Buchheister of Park City Mountain Resort painted a vision for the ski mountain of the future. Geoff told us how his organization uses technology to get people seamlessly from the parking lot, through the rental process and onto the ski slope.

And, last but not least, Kent McIntosh from TEDxSanDiego shared a keen insight that really made me think. Experience-focused brands like Nordstrom and Starbucks have raised people’s expectations so much that participants demand a new level of service and experience from every organization – including their local YMCA or an entirely volunteer run organization like TEDxSanDiego. This experience brand is a completely new paradigm for most community-based organizations. Kent argued that only with technology that makes an activity organizer’s job easier will the experiences activity organizers create meet the expectations of the market.

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ACTIVE to Power IRONMAN Athletes Globally

We announced this morning that ACTIVE will continue to power IRONMAN athletes around the world from registration to finish line!

By offering race registration solutions through a single, global technology platform for IRONMAN’s nearly 190 events worldwide, athletes can go through a simple, fast registration process so that their focus can remain on their training journey and breaking that PR.

We spoke with Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of World Triathlon Corporation, i.e. IRONMAN, who said that their goal is to provide their world-class athletes with the best participant experience possible.

“We believe ACTIVE is the only technology partner sophisticated enough to do this for us on a global scale,” Messick said. “For 35 years, IRONMAN has taken pride by offering world-class events, and by continuing our relationship with ACTIVE, our athletes will have access to outstanding technology that enables a simple registration process so that the focus remains on their training journey and race day experience.”

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ACTIVE World 2013 Kicks Off

Day one of ACTIVE World, our biggest and most comprehensive educational experience for our customers, is winding down. Here’s the recap: it was awesome!

ACTIVE’s CEO, Matt Landa, kicked it off by sharing his personal passion for helping our customers create great experiences, events and activities for their participants. He spoke about a commitment to developing great technology by working closely with our customers to find solutions to their everyday problems.

We then heard from business relationship guru and ex-Yahoo! exec, Tim Sanders, who shared stories on IBM’s transformation, the Starbucks customer experience and the intersection of people and technology. The energy in the room was palpable as we divided into our comprehensive learning sessions.

I sat in on a talk by City of Manhattan Beach who migrated three years ago from Class® to our cloud-based solution, ACTIVE Net™. It was a unique opportunity to hear right from the customer on their experience and how the technology has enabled them to communicate better with not only their City Council, but more importantly, their residents.

I think the most exciting part of this conference so far for me is hearing our customers exclaim, “Wow, I had no idea you guys did that!” I look forward to meeting more customers this week.

Make sure to follow all the conference buzz right here, as well as on Twitter with the hashtag #ACTIVEWORLD and @ACTIVENetwork. More to come this week as the conference rolls on, so stay tuned!

5 Reasons We’re Pumped About ACTIVE World

ACTIVE World kicks off next week and there’s an electric energy in the air here at ACTIVE as we prepare for the big show.

ACTIVE World is our biggest, most comprehensive educational experience for our customers, where we offer them the chance to LEARN from our product experts, CONNECT with other customers and discover ways to GROW their business.

We’re bringing together our best team of product experts and industry thought leaders to discuss the latest industry news and product updates in dynamic keynotes, breakout sessions, 1×1’s and more. What are we most excited about? It’s hard to choose, but here are our top five:


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Can’t make it? Follow all the excitement on our social channels. We’re going behind the scenes at the show, recounting unique customer stories and providing an exclusive look into our technology right here on the Always ACTIVE blog. On Twitter, jump in to the conversation using the hashtag #ACTIVEWORLD and follow us @ACTIVENetwork.

What are you most excited about? Leave a comment here or jump on Twitter and let us know!

We can’t wait to show you all that ACTIVE has to offer next week. It promises to be an amazing experience. See you there!