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Lapio Race Day App Now Available for Download

SAN FRANCISCO – February 10, 2016 – Lapio, Inc. providing powerful race timing software, announces the release of its race day app; creating the ultimate race day experience for participants and spectators.

The endurance industry has seen a recent migration from registration based software, which meets the race management needs of race directors, to timing based software that meets the needs of the participant. The ability to keep participants engaged, happy and registering for the next race is key to being competitive in a saturated race market.

Lapio gives race organizers the ability to go beyond the course, creating the ultimate race experience for their participants. The Lapio race day app provides the following powerful features:

  • Live streamed results
  • Race performance analysis
  • In app commenting on race results
  • Social media integration
  • Photo sharing
  • Race day updates
  • Push notifications

A branded version of the Lapio race day app is available for purchase. These apps are easily configured by race or race series and complete with custom branding. Branded race day apps are the perfect way to wow participants and spectators and give them the ultimate race day experience.

The Lapio race day app is available for download in the App Store and Google Play.

ABOUT LAPIO, INC.
Lapio is the go to software solution for race organizers and timers who want to provide awesome race experiences for participants and spectators. Our software combines race management, live streamed results, social engagement, photo sharing, and mobile into one, easy-to-use, integrated solution. We are passionate about endurance racing and passionate about technology with innovation at the heart of our solution.  Headquartered in San Francisco, Lapio software has timed nearly 3,000 races and more than 900,000 participants worldwide. For more information, visit www.lapio.com or email hey@lap.io.

Lapio Achieves World-Class Timing Accuracy at Newport Beach Triathlon

SAN FRANCISCO – November 19, 2015 – Lapio, Inc. providing powerful race timing software complete with live, accurate results, delivered world-class timing accuracy at the Newport Beach triathlon using Lapio software, race result hardware and Human Tagging RFID HuTag.

The Newport Beach Triathlon, produced by Pacific Sports, offers 3 distances including the Sprint, Super Sprint and Youth triathlons. Setup consisted of 5 timing points including 2 different start locations.  The race was timed using Lapio software and race result hardware was used to collect the chip times from HuTag XC-1 RFID tags. The team timed 591 finishers and recorded 2995 splits with over 99.99% accuracy. Lapio provided real-time data with the results streaming live within seconds of participants crossing the finish line. Results were instantly available to participants and spectators at the event, online and through social media.

“Our timing software is hardware agnostic; meaning that it’s compatible with many different hardware solutions. Lapio streams the data from the timing hardware online, in real-time, creating the ultimate race experience for participants and spectators. We partnered with race result hardware because of their reputation for accurate and quality data. Together with Lapio software, it’s a powerful combination of timing technology.” said Klaus Preisler, Founder, Lapio, Inc.

“We are proud of our hardware and the ability to provide Lapio with accurate timing data that not only meets but exceeds industry standards. Being able to present that data in a way that’s not only accurate but also engaging is a must. Lapio understand this and delivers a cutting edge solution. We look forward to what’s next.” said Sönke Petersen, CEO, race result.

Click here to view results from the Newport Beach Triathlon:

https://app.lap.io/event/2015-newport-beach-triathlon/results

ABOUT LAPIO, INC.

Lapio is the go to software solution for race organizers and timers who want to provide awesome race experiences for participants and spectators. Our software combines race management, live streamed results, social engagement, photo sharing and mobile into one, easy-to-use, integrated solution. We are passionate about endurance racing and passionate about technology with innovation at the heart of our solution.  Headquartered in San Francisco, Lapio software has timed nearly 3,000 races and more than 900,000 participants worldwide. For more information, visit www.lapio.com or email hey@lap.io.

ABOUT race result

race result creates world class timing equipment, trusted by event professionals at thousands of races each year around the globe. Engineered and built in the heart of Germany’s technology region, our systems are designed for rock solid dependability, unbeatable precision, industry leading detection rates, quick setup, and live streaming results data. USA Headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, visit raceresult.com or email info@raceresult.com.

Lapio Subscription Model Brings Affordable, Innovative, Timing Software to Races

SAN FRANCISCO – November 24, 2015 – Lapio, Inc. providing powerful race management and timing software, announces new subscription model pricing that gives events from small to large access to cutting edge race technology at affordable price points for all.

Not all races are built the same but all races should be a premier event. With Lapio, all subscription plans include the ability to offer real-time, live streamed results. With this subscription model, races can then choose from additional innovative features that enhance the race experience for participants and spectators while working within the race budget.

What makes Lapio different is flexibility within all aspects of the software:

  • Pricing options to allow race directors and timers the ability to choose the best fit for their budget.
  • Flexible registration platform providing ability to collect the data you want in the format you need.
  • Software is hardware agnostic; meaning that it’s compatible with many different timing hardware solutions.
  • Timing software built for timing all types of races including multiple timing points, point systems and lap races.

“We believe that races small to large should be able to provide an awesome race experience for participants and spectators,” said Karen Lewis, COO, Lapio, Inc.

“We spent a lot of time researching registration and timing software. Lapio was far superior than anything we looked at. The registration platform gives us the flexibility to setup the event exactly how we want. In addition, the registration data ties directly into the timing software which has saved us time and money. We love using Lapio and even better is that we know our participants love it too,” said Cimarron Chacon, Race Director, Gro Promotions.

“The Lapio system is not only a huge leap forward for timing software, it’s also a breakthrough for race directors looking to super-charge their races’ social media presence,” said Sam Fiandaca, Race Director, Brazen Racing.

From now until December 31, 2015, sign up for Lapio’s premium subscription plan with annual payment option and receive Lapio’s custom results and tracking app at no additional cost.

Click here to learn more about Lapio’s subscription model: http://www.lapio.com/pricing/

ABOUT LAPIO, INC.

Lapio is the go to software solution for race organizers and timers who want to provide awesome race experiences for participants and spectators. Our software combines race management, live streamed results, social engagement, photo sharing, and mobile into one, easy-to-use, integrated solution. We are passionate about endurance racing and passionate about technology with innovation at the heart of our solution.  Headquartered in San Francisco, Lapio software has timed nearly 3,000 races and more than 900,000 participants worldwide. For more information, visit www.lapio.com or email hey@lap.io.

Los Angeles Triathlon at Torrance Beach timed with Lapio, race result and HuTag

SAN FRANCISCO – October 2, 2015 – Lapio, Inc. providing powerful race timing software complete with live, accurate results, announces the successful timing of the LA Triathlon at Torrance Beach using Lapio software, race result hardware and Human Tagging RFID HuTag.

The LA Triathlon at Torrance Beach, produced by Pacific Sports, offers 5 distances including the Olympic, Sprint, Super Sprint and Youth triathlons as well as a 5K run. Setup consisted of 6 timing points including 4 different start locations.  The race was timed using Lapio software and race result hardware was used to collect the chip times from HuTag XC-1 RFID tags.  This marks the first year that the LA Triathlon at Torrance Beach has been timed using this powerful combination of timing technology.

Lapio is no stranger to race timing, having provided accurate, live results for nearly 3000 races and more than 900,000 participants worldwide. Lapio teamed up with race result because of their reputation for high quality RFID timing systems capable of timing any type of sporting event. race result uses the HuTag for triathlons and mud races to not only deliver superior accuracy but also durability for the most demanding races.

“Our hardware is made to deliver consistent and accurate timing data and we are proud to have teamed up with Lapio and Human Tagging to provide this level of timing to the LA Triathlon at Torrance Beach. We look forward to future collaborations.” said Sönke Petersen, CEO, race result.

“When developing our software, accuracy of timing has always been our main priority but product adaptability is second. As the market changes, compatibility with the most cutting edge technology is a must. We are happy to be able to work with race result and Human Tagging to offer our customers superior hardware that not only meets but exceeds their race needs.” said Klaus Preisler, Founder, Lapio, Inc.

“It’s an honor to see HuTags used at prestigious events like the LA Triathlon at Torrance Beach. We are committed to manufacturing quality tags that enable partners like Lapio and race result to in turn provide the best results possible” said Edward Yabsley, CEO, Human Tagging.

Click here to view results from the LA Triathlon at Torrance Beach:

https://app.lap.io/event/2015-los-angeles-triathlon/results

ABOUT LAPIO, INC.

Lapio is the go to software solution for race organizers and timers who want to provide awesome race experiences for participants and spectators. Our software combines race management, live streamed results, social engagement, photo sharing, and mobile into one, easy-to-use, integrated solution. We are passionate about endurance racing and passionate about technology with innovation at the heart of our solutions.  Headquartered in San Francisco, Lapio software has timed nearly 3,000 races and more than 900,000 participants worldwide. For more information, visit www.lapio.com or email hey@lap.io.

ABOUT race result

race result creates world class timing equipment, trusted by event professionals at thousands of races each year around the globe. Engineered and built in the heart of Germany’s technology region, our systems are designed for rock solid dependability, unbeatable precision, industry leading detection rates, quick setup, and live streaming results data. USA Headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, visit raceresult.com or email info@raceresult.com.

Pacific Sports Names Lapio Official Timing Sponsor of Sprint Triathlon Series

San Francisco, CA. – July 2, 2015 – Lapio, Inc. and Pacific Sports LLC today announced that Lapio will be the official timing sponsor of the Pacific Sports Sprint Triathlon Series and the U.S. Open Triathlon in Rockwall, TX.

Lapio software is a cloud-based, integrated solution that combines race management, live streamed results, social engagement, and mobile to create the ultimate race experience for participants and spectators.

Lapio CEO, Klaus Preisler said, “Our software goes beyond basic race timing. We capture the excitement of the race and create an experience that participants remember. We are thrilled to partner with Pacific Sports and share the Lapio experience at some of the most prestigious events in the nation.”

Pacific Sports President, Jack Caress added, “Our goal is to always provide the best race day experience for our participants. Lapio truly understands the sport of triathlon and what we are looking to accomplish at our events. We are excited to have Lapio onboard and look forward to a long-term partnership.”

Lapio software will be used at the Long Beach Triathlon (August 16), Los Angeles Triathlon at Torrance Beach (September 13), Newport Beach Triathlon (October 4) and the U.S. Open Triathlon in Rockwall, TX (October 18).

ABOUT LAPIO, INC.

Lapio is the go to software solution for race organizers and timers who want to provide awesome race experiences for participants and spectators. Our software combines race management, live streamed results, social engagement, photo sharing, and mobile into one, easy-to-use, integrated solution. We are passionate about endurance racing and passionate about technology with innovation at the heart of our solutions.  Headquartered in San Francisco, Lapio software has timed over 1200 races with over 800,000 participants worldwide. For more information, visit www.lapio.com or email hey@lap.io.

ABOUT PACIFIC SPORTS LLC

Based in Orange County, Calif., Pacific Sports LLC has been a premier sports consulting firm for 35 years. It specializes in event development, production, management, and corporate sports marketing and development in participatory lifestyle events including triathlon, running and cycling. Pacific Sports currently produces eight events annually, February through October, including the Rose Bowl Half Marathon, Brooklyn 15k, Cleveland Triathlon, Triathlon Eugene, Long Beach Triathlon, Herbalife Triathlon, Newport Beach Triathlon and the U.S. Open Triathlon in Rockwall, TX. The company and its founder, Jack Caress, have produced more than 400 endurance events in the United States, including the 1996 Triathlon World Championships and 12 U.S. Championships.

Powered by Lapio, Presented by Challenge Family – TBI opens registration for second Global Triathlon Conference

Registration is open for its second global conference July 9-11, held in conjunction with DATEV Challenge Roth on July 12. Registration will be powered by Lapio’s cloud-based software that seamlessly combines all the features needed to provide attendees with the best registration management system possible today.

The 2nd TBI global conference will target global equipment and apparel manufacturers, service providers, technology providers, industry executives, event directors, coaches and other professionals who operate in the swim-bike-run world. The conference will focus on the business of the sport – trends; challenges; growth forecasts; promoting the sport; new technology; social media and mobile trends; international mergers/acquisitions; and other topics designed specifically to bring insights into the market forces that shape the globalization and growth of triathlon, and its related sports of swimming, biking and running.

“We are proud to partner with TBI and Challenge Family to provide registration services for the 2nd global conference.” said Lapio founder Klaus Preisler. “With customers located all over the world, it made complete sense for us to be a part of this event, bringing industry leaders together at a global level.”

Online registration powered by Lapio will be available through the morning of July 10. TBI members who register for the conference will also have the opportunity to purchase a Challenge Roth VIP package at a discounted price. These are premium packages and only 100 are available.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for TBI, Lapio and Challenge Family to work collaboratively to bring together some of the world’s triathlon decision-makers at the world’s largest long-distance event,” said TBI president Jack Caress. “With so many European multisport leaders already headed to Challenge Roth in July, it made perfect sense to create a summit where triathlon leaders can network, acquire new information to advance their business and the business of triathlon, and witness the incredible Challenge Roth on Sunday.”

In addition to Challenge Familyand Lapio, the conference is sponsored by Quintana Roo , Ashworth Awards and FinisherPix.

Lapio Launches Geotracking for Endurance Events

Lapio, Inc. a complete race solution that provides awesome race experiences for organizers, participants, and spectators, announces the launch of geotracking for endurance events, allowing spectators to accurately track participants during a race.

Geotracking joins Lapio’s already robust platform that combines race management, live streamed results, social engagement, photo sharing, and mobile to create the ultimate race experience from start to finish.

In recent years the most accurate way to track participants was by using multiple timing mats to provide an average pace of the participant. During an endurance event the participant’s pace can vary drastically between splits causing tracking to be an estimate and not based on real-time.  Lapio is combining the power of GPS-enabled devices and timing mats to create the most accurate, geotracking in the industry.

Using GPS-enabled devices is now a reality due to the increase in wearable technology:

  • The wearable market is set to expand from 9.7 million device shipments in 2013 to 135 million in 2018.
  • Fitbit fitness trackers are expected to triple to over 70 million devices by 2018.
  • Apple is expected to sell 30-40 million smart watches in its first 12 months of availability.
  • Garmin introduced new colors, further extending the appeal of wearable fitness to the masses.
  • Strava recently released a global heat map of 160 million activities and 375 billion GPS points.

GPS-enabled devices are changing the endurance industry by providing the missing component of location-based tracking: GPS coordinates. Race directors can now know exactly where participants are on the course, increasing event safety. Friends and family can now accurately track participants allowing them to follow their progress and cheer them on.

“We are passionate about providing precise data to race directors, athletes, and spectators. We have proven we can provide accurate, live results; geotracking was the obvious next step. We are not just adding a feature but enhancing an already powerful solution.” Says Klaus Preisler, Founder, Lapio, Inc.

Helping fund this innovation are three notable players in the technology industry, Co-founders Morten Primdahl and Alexander Aghassipour of Zendesk and Thomas Pedersen, Co-founder and CEO of OneLogin.

“Lapio continues to push the limits of innovation in the endurance industry. The introduction of geotracking just proves their motivation to not just be a player in the industry, but a leader.” says Thomas Pedersen, Co-founder and CEO of OneLogin.

If you are interested in learning more about geotracking and Lapio software, email hey@lap.io.

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Mach, Paul. “What do 220,000,000,000 GPS data points look like?” Web blog post. Engineering Blog. Strava. 16 May 2014. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.

Lapio Launches Mobile Solution at Triathlon Business International Conference

Lapio, Inc (Lapio), will be launching their new mobile and social platform at Triathlon Business International Conference.

Lapio software helps race directors and timers of races small to large, provide awesome race experiences for participants and spectators. Their cloud-based, integrated solution combines race management, live streamed results, social engagement, photo sharing, and mobile to create the ultimate race experience from start to finish.

Lapio’s new platform is built on the same trusted technology that has provided accurate, live results for over 900 races and 650,000 participants worldwide. What makes this launch unique is the focus on mobile. Built for mobile first, their new platform addresses the growing need for an adaptable mobile solution.

Published in the Eventbrite Endurance Sports Participant Study, endurance athlete mobile behaviors are broken down as follows:

  • 89% use mobile to manage email
  • 81% read endurance event information on mobile
  • 70% use mobile to post updates on social

Lapio is leading the way in mobile and how race day information, results, live athlete tracking, and photos are shared.

“Race directors and timers thrive when participants and spectators have a race experience worth sharing. Understanding the industries needs and providing our customers the solution is what drives us” Says Klaus Preisler, Founder, Lapio, Inc.

“Companies like Lapio are driving innovation in this industry. Focused on developing solutions to respond to the constantly changing racing industry, we are looking forward to seeing more from Lapio at TBI and the year ahead ” Jack Caress,  President & CEO, Triathlon Business International.

In partnership with Triathlon Business International, Lapio will debut their software at the Lapio hosted 5K race on Monday, January 26, at 6:45AM along the scenic Marina del Ray marina.  See Lapio software in action and how the Lapio platform creates an awesome race day experience.  All levels of runners are encouraged to join! Register: https://app.lap.io/event/2015-tbi-5k

To register for the Triathlon Business International Conference click here.

Lapio Offers Race Organizers Ability to Accept Bitcoin as Payment

Palo Alto, California, January 27, 2014 – Lapio Inc. an all-in-one race management and timing solution allowing race organizers to easily manage and time their events, today announces it will now offer race organizers the ability to accept registration payment for endurance races in Bitcoin currency through Coinbase.

Innovation is at the forefront of Lapio software. Their differentiation lies in the ability to create innovative software that breaks down real and perceived barriers for race organizers. This drive to understand technology and how it affects endurance racing is rocking the industry which has seen little change for the last 10 years.

In a recent article titled “Why Bitcoin Matters” author, Marc Andreessen sheds light on the current state of the Bitcoin and shares why he believes this Internetwide payment system is here to stay. For endurance racing, some more relevant  points he addresses are lower payment processing fees, elimination of credit card fraud, increased payment security and the ability to bring a much larger number of people around the world into the modern economic system.

Co-founder Klaus Preisler says, “As a cloud based company, we must help our customers break down regional barriers. As the internet reaches more and more people and the interest in endurance racing continues to grow we must continue to adapt to support our customers. We have seen potential customers struggling with regionally based issues, which makes it hard for them to embrace new technology. One of these barriers is payment processing”.

Each region has their own barriers. When it comes to payment, the US racing market deals mainly with manageable, yet frustrating, issues of 2-3% processing fees and credit card fraud. While the more emerging markets are dealing with the inability to securely process transactions, leading to very underdeveloped race management systems.

Looking to the future, the introduction of Bitcoin as a payment option will hopefully shatter these barriers and increase the flexibility for race organizers. Lapio also understands the benefit of this technology as well.  Klaus adds, “The fact is that endurance racing is growing worldwide and our pricing model is based on individual participants. This means that our profit is 100% based on revenue created by our customers. By offering increased flexibility, organizers in developed and less developed markets, can strengthen their business by using our product.”

Lapio continues to evolve in an effort to bring race organizers all the features they want in one, easy to use, integrated solution.

About Lapio
Lapio is the go to software solution for race organizers who want to easily manage and time their own races. Our software provides online registration, payment, LIVE timing, social media integration, photo sharing and more! All the features you want in one, easy to use, integrated solution. We are passionate about endurance racing and passionate about technology with innovation at the heart of our solutions.

Reference:
Andreessen, Marc (January 21, 2014). “Why Bitcoin Matters”. The New York Times.

Lapio Announces Partnership with XTERRA Nordic

Palo Alto, California, January 13, 2014 – Lapio Inc. an all-in-one race management and timing solution allowing race organizers the ability to easily manage and time their events, today announces partnership with XTERRA Nordic, organizer of premium off-road triathlon/duathlon races in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

XTERRA is the world’s premier off-road multisport event. An extreme competition, the XTERRA format combines swimming with mountain biking and trail running. It has been described as one part triathlon, one part mountain bike race, and one part “survival of the fittest”. In a competition like this, accurate race results are a must. Being new to the Nordic market, XTERRA Nordic needed a solution that was not only reliable and easy to use, but also enhances customer engagement.

Lapio understood this need and a partnership was born. Lapio is a complete solution that takes the hassle out of managing and timing distance based events; complete with innovative features that help to maximize participant experience.

* Live Streaming of Results
   Live results sent to web, mobile, SMS Text, Facebook, Twitter and email.
* Online Registration with Merchant Account Integration
   Create your own branded registration page and have the registration payments go                  directly to your account.
* Social Media Integration
   Participants can share race registration, results and photos via Facebook increasing race    and sponsorship exposure.
* Photo Sharing
   Race Photos are posted to participant’s individual results page and permitted Facebook      timelines.
* Race Timing made Easy
   Lapio software makes timing easy. Now anyone can time a race, providing accurate, LIVE      results.

Klaus Preiser, Co-Founder of Lapio, says “At Lapio, we want all races, from large to small, to enjoy the benefits of efficient, accurate timing combined with innovative features; all at an affordable cost.”

XTERRA Nordic is not only providing race results to participants, they are seeing their own results as well. “We are really happy to have partnered with Lapio. We are getting more engaged users, ROI in less than 6 months all while saving 40% on the cost of timing,” says Kristian Uhd Jepsen, XTERRA Nordic.

Klaus adds, “As a partner of the  XTERRA Nordic regional events, we are proud to help bring this off-road race series to more people around the world”.

You can register for the upcoming XTERRA Denmark events, here. To learn more about XTERRA Nordic visit www.xterranordic.com.

For more information about Lapio software visit www.lapio.com.

About Lapio
Lapio is the go to software solution for race organizers who want to easily manage and time their own races. Our complete solution provides all the tools you need to deliver accurate, live results and an awesome race experience for participants. We are passionate about endurance racing and passionate about technology with innovation at the heart of our solutions.