A free smartphone application dedicated to the Mill Race Marathon will provide all the latest information with the touch of a finger.
The app, which went live in August, includes a countdown with the days, hours, minutes and seconds for those eagerly waiting for the inaugural Sept. 28 event.
Leslie Nix of Cummins Inc. has been loading content in recent weeks to include a calendar listing, places to see and things to do in Columbus, news items, sponsors and how to register.
Come race day, the app will be even more useful for participants and spectators.
A tracking item will allow family and friends to see a dot on a course map, showing where the athlete is on the course, helping to know when to show up at the finish line for cheers and hugs.
A live tab will list race leaders, and news items will be posted about anything that might be critical to know, such as weather emergencies, road closures or any safety issues.
Once the race is over, participants can find their results on the app.
Smartphone or tablet computer users can go to the app store and install the “Its Your Race” free app. Then search for “Mill Race Marathon” under “Find an event.”
Being the first year, Nix said, they are waiting to see how it all works. The system could be overloaded given the large number of runners and spectators on race day, but they hope the app provides useful on-the-spot information.