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RaceMenu Uses QR Codes to Allow On-Site Event Registration and Payment


RaceMenu, which is a technology startup that helps event organizers efficiently manage running races, has unveiled a new mobile application that uses quick response codes to simplify on-site registration as well as payments processing. The new app, called RaceDay, made its debut at the two recent Boston-area running races.

RaceMenu had observed that a lot of runners are hesitant to pre-register for races because of concerns about injuries, weather, and other obligations that may arise. On the other hand, event organizers also find on-site registration difficult as they will have to process a large amount of participants’ data and then manually update the software they use for timing and results.

This is why RaceMenu came up with RaceDay.

There is the RaceDay for Entrants wherein each runner will have to sign up on RaceMenu’s mobile website in order to generate a personalized QR code. Entrants need to indicate their name, age, gender and their payment information upon signing up. If they sign up prior to the event, they can also print their RaceDay QR code. At the event, each participant has to show his or her QR code to the event organizer.

With this app, runners don’t have to worry about pre-registering for a race and trying to coordinate their schedules way ahead of time. If they find out at the last minute that they are not able to run the race, then they don’t have to worry about getting their payments back. And if they find out much later that they can actually join a run or a marathon, then there are no pre-registration deadlines or cut-offs to stop them. Plus, on-site registrations are convenient in that most runners bring their mobile phones but not their wallets.

There is also the RaceDay for Organizers, wherein event organizers can use their smartphones or tablets equipped with a camera to process on-site registrations and payments within a matter of seconds by simply scanning the participants’ QR codes. The organizer then takes a shot of the participant’s signature on the phone or mobile device.

Through this app, organizers can focus more on the runners and less on looking for volunteers to handle the paperwork. With the use of QR codes, on-site entries get processed in no time and organizers can accept payments via credit cards without having to use additional hardware. To ensure credit card security, participants will need to enter a pin for the payment to push though.

Another great thing about RaceDay is that it is free for participants and you can integrate it with social networks. If you also use RaceMenu’s RFID timing service and its forthcoming RunSharer app, you can instantly share the event’s results via SMS, -email, Twitter and Facebook when a participant crosses the finish line.

RaceDay supports check, cash, and credit card payments. Credit card information for runners are safely and securely stored at Authorize.net.

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