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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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Lamkin, Paul. “History of Wearable Technology”. Ranconteur. The Times. 25 Sept. 2014. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.

The Business Page, Miscellaneous. (2015, February). Road Race Management. Issue 373. p. 7.

Smith, Chris. “New predictions suggest Apple Watch sales will be even crazier than most people think.” BGR. BGR, 20 Nov. 2014. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.

Garmin. (2014). 2013 Annual Report. Retrieved from http://sites.garmin.com/en-US/annualreport/

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.