I was sitting at lunch the other week with a good buddy and colleague (for the sake of a reference we’ll call him Elmo). While Elmo is not a runner, we will often talk about running and upcoming races that I’m training for.
Conversation will usually gravitate toward some rough ideas for hosting a race on his farm in rural NC and making a load of money. Easy, right?!
“Yes”, I tell him. “It’s that easy”, rolling my eyes.
This latest conversation was slightly different. Elmo had a new idea. This idea involved building a website (I work in software development) that would keep everyone’s results in one place.
“Elmo, we already have that”, I said.
He wasn’t listening and continued, “And the race organizers would all send the results in and…”
“Elmo, I’m telling you, this exists already”.
“And people would pay to use such a convenient service!”, he said, finishing his proposal.
“Elmo, this exists! I’m reviewing the site right now. It’s called Athlinks AND it’s free to use!”
While Elmo has gone back to the drawing board to think up more ideas, let me tell you about Athlinks.
What is Athlinks?
Athlinks is a free service that gathers all your race results in one place. You can access Athlinks via the web, or using their mobile app. When you sign up initially, it will search through it’s large database of race results and display all results found against your name.
The database contains over 10 years of race results. I actually discovered a couple of races from a few years ago that I had completely forgotten I had ran.
Using all your results, Athlinks compiles a statistics page giving you a neat overview of your entire race career to date.
Adding Upcoming Races
It’s not all about dwelling in the past either. Ha! You can add your upcoming race schedule and Athlinks will automatically pull in your results post-race. BOOM.
It also shows you any friends that are running the same race as you. It’s easy to search and add friends in Athlinks. Here’s a screenshot of me searching for all my friends called Alastair.
Finding Local Events
I like the ability to search and find local events to me. This is really neat. There was quite a few races on this list that I was not aware about. I’m already registered, and have added “Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh” and “Tobacco Road” to my Athlinks profile.
There is a feature called “Rivals” where Athlinks will identify other athletes competing in the same races, and pit them against you on a scoreboard. I haven’t been using Athlinks long enough to judge the usefulness of this. My rival for last years Krispy Kreme Challenge was Randall, a fellow BibRave Pro and an athlete I actively follow on Athlinks.
Create Your Profile
Elmo has come back with another idea. It’s called “The Facebook” apparently. Students can go online and set up profiles indicating their name, occupation, schools attended and so on. Users can add other users as “friends”, exchange messages, post status updates, share photos, videos and links. Thinks he’s on to something this time…