Guest post by Mordecai Holtz of Finishers.club
We runners are a rare breed.
We’re pedantic in recalling every aspect of a course, every time, and every piece of running data.
3:30 , 3:42, 3:45
Those are my marathon times. I cherish them every day. I gaze at my medals regularly. I bask in my personal accomplishments that places me on a virtual podium among a miniscule percentage of the global population.
Occasionally, I find myself reviewing the database of race pictures to recall those euphoric moments crossing the finish line.
A sneak preview of the Finishers.club interface
With a short list of completed marathons, the quest to remember is easy.
When moving to the growing list of completed half marathons (13), including 4 in 5 weeks, keeping the data (pictures and times) becomes a bit more of a challenge.
Sure, in a moment of personal curiosity, reviewing the watch data can be a viable option. But, with every completed race, the simple task seems to feel like a long hill run, when it should be as simple as a pre-run stretch.
We train. We run. We cross the finish line. We may not podium, but we’ve accomplished something that makes us proud and eager to complete another race.
Nothing can prepare us for the emotional impact of raising our hands after crossing the finish line. We don’t want the comedown to end. Strange as it may sound, the high of crossing the finish line, after months of training, is a feeling we runners enjoy recalling.
The camaraderie among runners is impressive.
When speaking to other runners, our ‘resume’ of accomplishments is always the center of attention. It’s not our professional experience or our family lineage. It’s simply what races we’ve completed that brings out the passion, the drive, the desire to go the distance. Hearing about races from fellow runners, regardless of course, makes us tick.
Three years of running has enabled me to speak with many runners from across the globe. All can chant their finish times like a national anthem. Their pride is palpable. All the data is stored in their brain.
Leaving a digital footprint of running successes, today, involves multiple sites and a levels of complexity.
The challenge is over.
That’s the narrative behind Finishers.club. One site, geared for runners to customize their own running resume and claim their spot on the podium. Each person will have their place that can be shared, updated, and becomes the ultimate conversation piece.
Every runner has a reason. Every runner has a goal. Every runner deserves a place on the podium, now it’s possible.
Finishers.club will officially launch in summer 2015. Click here to reserve your spot on the platform where you can memorialize and share your favorite races, pictures and gear — for free, forever.