Hi All Captains,
2017 was my first time running BC and I'm totally hooked. And we are VERY excited to be back in for the 2018 running of the Chase.This year will be the another first; my wife and I are captaining a team. The resources, while helpful, have not been complete on the internal team organization end.
It has been a little overwhelming to keep up with everything early on, and with months to go, I would like this to run without a hitch. Last year, we had some issues in the planning phase with personnel, supply, and financial items - even with a veteran Chaser at the helm!
Also, the Guides, while rich in info, are somewhat spread out which caused confusion during the race. to assist us in calculating pace times, leg starts/stops, etc we had to get a complex spreadsheet from a teammate that had run with us last year. There has also been a post recently with a basic checklist that is relatively complete but is on paper.
The race officials do a great job in terms of helping with information and the Ragnar app works for course info; but this is 2018, where is the app for internal team management?
I see these problems and them as a software developer. So I have built a Chase companion app that tracks personnel (Chasers, Drivers, etc), expenses, member payments, insurance/paperwork needs, and other things. It also combines all the day-of-race information, integrated GPS points of all the exchanges, and automates the complicated pre- and during-race pacing calculations.
Currently, I am in the process of testing and improving this initial version. I NEED HELP! I am going to offer the first 25 teams to contact me free use for this year's race in exchange for detailed feedback. PM or text me. I'll have this offer up through July 2018, or until all 25 seats are taken.
TL;DR - I need help from teams to test my awesome Chase companion software. There is a free, limited space Beta period that I am opening up TODAY that will be open through July - contact me for details if interested.