Joining events and challenges
One of the best ways to ensure you maintain a particular fitness routine is by signing up to take part in an event. It doesn’t need to be on a competitive stage, but having an additional purpose – other than to improve your fitness – can be a great motivator.
This is one of the reasons why MapMyWalk lets you create and join fitness events that can range from full and half marathons, through to mass participation night-time bike rides.
Searching for events
To get started, you can search for events that are local to a specific location. This can be the area that you currently live in, somewhere close to your work, or somewhere you’re thinking about taking a trip to in the future.
But with so many events now stored against some of the more popular locations, your search may not return results that are specific enough to your preferred form of exercise. That’s when it can be useful to start using some of the custom search filters.
These allow you to filter down events from a particular location by event type, date range, and with the title containing a specific keyword. So if we were looking to find marathon events in the New York area early in the year, our search would probably look something like the one below.
Advanced filter options allow you to search by specific event types, such as running and walking
How to register
If you find an event that you like the sound of, in many cases you will be able to find more information simply by clicking on the event name. This brings up a full list of details, including contact information for the organiser, any associated maps that show the route, and the option to register.
Registrations themselves will usually direct you to the event’s own website, where you will be able to reserve your place and find out more about the route and what to expect on the day.
From the event detail page, you can also choose to ‘Become a Fan’, which can be a great way to connect with other people who will also be participating.
In some cases the events will no longer be open to accepting new registrations, in which case you may want to bookmark the event as something you’d like to participate in next time it’s available.
Registering for an event will take you through to the organiser’s own website
Bookmarking your favourite events
When you’re selecting the ‘Bookmark’ option, you can also choose to add the event to your calendar. Bookmarked events can then be viewed in one of two places:
- Your ‘Bookmarked Events’ page (Profile -> My Events)
- Your calendar (Home -> My Workouts)
MapMyFitness has also partnered with what is reportedly the world’s largest results database for endurance athletes. This is Athlinks, which currently stores race results for over 150 million races, from 400,000+ athletes in 300,000+ events.
This means that if you were to log your results for a particular event into the Athlinks site, you can then search for your name on the event results page of MapMyWalk, then import these results into your profile.
Event results can be claimed directly through MapMyWalk
If your results have been logged for a past event, then you can even import these historical results by ‘claiming’ them at the event details page. You can find some great examples of this if you search for any of the main running or walking events, such as the New York City Marathon.
Event results can store a variety of information about the athletes, including their name, age, and finish time
Creating your own events
You can also create your own events if you wanted to organize a walk, run, or cycle in your area, and can’t find any using the search facility.
If you manage or are a member of a walking or racewalking club, this can also be a great way to reach out to a wider audience and attract potential members.
The details you can enter for each event cover every aspect of its organization, including basics such as start time and location, but also giving you the option to enter registration information and organizer info.
Although the form for creating your event may seem fairly daunting at first, in reality there are only 10 required fields that you need to complete, which can be done in less than 3 minutes.
10 required fields for the 3 minute event creation:
- Event Title
- Brief Description
- Full Description
- Event Classifications
- Contact Person
- Contact Email
Although these are the only 10 fields that are flagged as mandatory, you’re probably also going to want to at least specify a start time, and projected end time. If not, then a default will be assigned, which will be the time and date the event was actually published.
Events are initially created as drafts, allowing you to check details and add a map of the route
Once you’ve entered all of the information you can, you can then save your event. This will effectively save a draft of your event, but won’t actually publish it until you complete the step that follows.
This gives you a last chance to view the event and make any changes to the details if required. You can also add a route map if you have one already created, or even create a completely new map specifically for this event.
With any changes that you wanted to make now made, and any maps of the route now added, you can publish your event. This will make the event public and open to registration from anyone that’s interested in attending.
Published events allow registration and bookmarking, and can be viewed from your ‘My Events’ page