Runners – how many times have you found yourselves asking running club buddies, Facebook friends and fellow Twitter users what they thought of a race you are thinking of doing?
We’ve done it in the past, but now there’s a website you can find the important race information you seek.
Introducing Bib Rave! Below, owners Tim and Jessica Murphy tell us a bit about their new site and the type of information runners can find as well as their ties to MKE.
For people who are unfamiliar with Bib Rave, can you talk a bit about what the site is and what it offers?
BibRave.com is a place to find and write race reviews. It’s like Yelp or TripAdvisor, but for races! Now users can read or share race day experiences, ranking things like SWAG, course difficulty and race management. It’s a great place to read what other runners thought of the race and to leave your own feedback on the race for other runners to read.
How did you get the idea to start Bib Rave?
After our first marathon, Tim qualified for Boston so Jess wanted to train along with him that spring. When shopping around for races, she couldn’t really find a neutral source of information (the only source of information was each race’s individual website or Facebook page). Then, after months of training and lots of money spent on travel and the race entry, she had a pretty rotten race day experience. There wasn’t a place where she could have been warned about the race ahead of time, and there wasn’t a way for her to leave feedback for other runners who might have been considering that race.
Lots of really good (and a few bad) races later, we decided that there needed to be a way for runners to help other runners learn about races beforehand. So BibRave was born!
What races have already been reviewed on your site?
We have races on BibRave from all over the world. A few standouts that our users love are the Disney races, the Chicago Marathon, The North Face Endurance Challenge Series and the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon!
What is BibRave’s connection to the MKE running community?
Tim is from the Milwaukee area (Pewaukee!) and lived downtown for a few years. So when training for our first marathon, we did a few runs with the Badgerland Striders and spent lots of time running along Lincoln Memorial Drive. Plus, being so close in Chicago, we definitely love the Midwest running community!
What are your goals for the site?
We want BibRave to be THE place where people go for race reviews. Runners are such a passionate, data driven community, and we want to help them learn as much from each other as possible. There are so many good races out there, but there are also a lot of bad ones. We really want to help runners have the best race day experience possible.
Anything else people should know?
We’re really excited about our monthly giveaways, where users who leave five or more reviews on BibRave.com are entered into a monthly drawing. In March, we’re partnering with The North Face Endurance Challenge to give TWO lucky Ravers a FREE race entry. Tim did TNFEC Wisconsin last year, and it was a fantastic event. Hopefully a Keep Running MKE reader will score one of those free entries!
Thanks for chatting with us Tim and Jessica! If you’d like to learn more about Bib Rave, you can connect on:
Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!