Most of you are familiar with this scenario: You hear about a race in your area, pay the entry fee (which isn’t cheap anymore), get a new running outfit, and then get to the event and realize the event is completely unorganized and there isn’t even a cool t-shirt. Well, that doesn’t need to happen ever again….once you find Bib Rave .
Bib rave is an on-line portal for race reviews. The goal of this on-line resource is simple…search for a race, read a review from past participants and decide if that is the race for you. Or, run a race, write a review and tell others about your experience.
Bib Rave was founded in 2013 by Tim and Jessica Murphy. We actually met way back when the business was launching, as they were one of the first supporters of a run club I helped launch in Chicago called Crew Runs the World. Not only are the Murphy’s very accomplished runners, but they are some of the nicest people you will meet in the running community. One can’t help but developing a friendship with them and trust their insight to what is going on in all things running.
The company began, as the founders realized there was a need in the market to locate more details on the race day experience, before you hand over big bucks for an event. Yes, there are bloggers who post race reviews, but it can be a bit daunting to dig through the layers the internet. There are also various websites that provide details for up and coming races in a local area. However, those sites usually lack the personal experience had at the event. Tim and Jessica's mission for this website is to create a space for runners from all over the United States, as well as Canada, to find and share honest race reviews from real participants.
Over the years, the business has expanded to include an ambassadorship program which currently includes 75 running ambassadors. These ambassadors help promote various running events, run cool races throughout the country and even review gear from sponsors. While complementary entries are given and gear provided to some ambassadors, Bib Rave has an expectation that each review is honest. The goal isn’t to fill up with website with loads of reviews, but to provide real perspective from every day runners.
One other fun thing that has evolved from this business is a weekly twitter chat hosted by Bib Rave. Each Tuesday at 8pm central time a facilitator hosts the chat, asking questions based on a weekly theme. Anyone can participate and the answers are shared via the hashtag #bibchat. These chats are highly informative and an amazing way for the running community to connect while sharig tips, and advice. In my opinion, this should be a must on runners weekly “to do list”. Let me warn you..the chat tends to lead to a side discussion on food, donuts, or beer, so don’t participate on an empty stomach.
Why am I telling you about Bib Rave? First of all, I think it is an amazing resource that I have used numerous times before deciding on a race. Secondly, they have so graciously asked me to join their ambassador team to help spread the word in Southern California.
This means that on occasion I might run a race, provide a race discount offer or review a product from a company that has been referred by Bib Rave, but the catch is, I still will be providing an honest recap on what I discovered.
So, what are you waiting for…head to www.Bibrave.com for some race research and make your next run the best race ever.