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Meet Hyrum Oaks of Race Entry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hyrum Oaks.

Hyrum, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2008 I created the Utah Valley Marathon and as a race organizer I was not satisfied with any of the registration providers that were available to me. After a few years of using a few different platforms I finally decided to solve the problem and make my own platform. Today that platform is RaceEntry.com and we have over 3,000 events using the software today. The Race Entry was first created back on May of 2012.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been many challenges. The product has turned out to be even better than I had hoped, but this has taken 5.5 years to get here. The costs have been far higher and more difficult that I had ever imagined. I also have been amazed at how many different requests and opinions there are out there. I have heard many times that it is impossible to please everyone, but I think we come quite close. Our team of developers has done a terrific job taking care of our many events custom requests that we receive. This was not always the case the first couple years had some tough learning experiences, but today I am happy to report that the development is easier and faster.

Please tell us about Race Entry.
We have a race management platform. The software facilitates race registration, creating race maps, race charity fundraising, race merchandise selling, etc. We have many features that help to grow races participation. I am most proud of our 98.6% retention rate. I believe that retention is the greatest measure of a good product and excellent customer service.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood comes from my teen years when I qualified for the Boston Marathon. When I first began my efforts I was slow, but after a summer of running 120 miles a week I dropped weight and ran much faster. I don’t recommend this amount of miles per week, but I was young and stupid. The summer of running was not very fun, but the outcome was worth it.

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