I’ve been running races for over 20 years, long before social media was a “thing” and even before I even owned a mobile phone! In my early days of racing, I didn’t really know how to keep a record of my finishing times other than to just write them down somewhere. But thanks to the online platform, Athlinks, I can now revisit my past results and track how I have progressed over the years!
What is Athlinks?
Athlinks is the ultimate online results tracker where you can view, save and share every finish time for ever finish line you have crossed, no matter the distance! Athlinks.com (and the Athlinks app for iOS and Android) is a comprehensive resource for athletes to connect with friends, compete with rivals, discover new challenges and races, and enjoy a connected, consistent race experience.
How does it work?
1. Create a profile at Athlinks.com. You can find mine here.
All you need to set up an account is your email, your date of birth and location. If you have changed locations over the years, no worries! You can still search my your name and birthdate. I wasn’t sure my results for the races I have run in Ireland would show up, but they did!
2. Claim your race results!
Once you create a profile, Athlinks will automatically show you possible results to claim. You can filter the search by adding your birth year to your name. That helped me as there were lots of “Laura Mullins” out there! Claim the results that are yours and they will be added to your profile. If you would rather not have a race shown publicly, no problem! You don’t have to claim every race you ran. For me, my slowest marathon was London 2017. I had to walk the last 10 miles due to a chest infection. While some people may not like their slowest time to be shown, I am proud that I finished that race and love to have the record of it as a reminder of what I accomplished that day.
3. Add your name to races you will be running in 2018
Let your friends and rivals know what your race schedule is for 2018. You can enter your goal time for future races so your friends can cheer you along the way! I added the Rome Marathon to my Start List. I can see other Athlinks members who will be running it as well!
4. Follow your friends (and even your rivals)
I LOVE that I can just log onto one platform and see what races my friends are planning to run. Maybe knowing a friend or fellow BibRave Pro is running a certain race will inspire me to join them there. Because running friends make the best friends, don’t they?!
Athlinks wants YOU to Win 2018
Before January 8, 2018, those who sign up for a new Athlinks account or existing members who claim a new race result are eligible to win great prizes – from race entries into the Leadville Race Series and the Life Time Tri Series, to a one-year premium TrainingPeaks subscription. To learn more and “Win 2018”, visit https://app.athlinks.com/win2018/
See what my fellow BibRave Pros think of Athlinks: