Several GCC students ran in the Pittsburgh Marathon events this weekend. There’s an app for that too.
Larger marathons often have an app to go with their events, and the Pittsburgh Marathon is no exception. The app is one place for participants and spectators to go to get all their information – race day info such as corral and parking locations, maps, runner tracking and more. It’s a lot more concise and convenient than scrolling through the website.
In my experience, apps like this improve participant and spectator experience. I watched some of my family members and friends run in the Chicago marathon last fall. Their app was very helpful in navigating the city and course. In addition, after signing up to track certain runners, I received notifications when they passed checkpoints along the course, so we could plan where to be to see them. When I used the Pittsburgh app this weekend, I appreciated being able to quickly access information about the expo (event before the marathon at which runners can pick up their bib numbers), corrals, and the course. The app also sends push notifications about new information such as emergency weather updates.
By making an event run more smoothly, apps like this encourage more participants and spectators to come in following years, which helps not only participants but also those putting on the event. When events are run well it creates pressure for other events to improve as well. So when they help events run smoothly, these event apps benefit all parties.