What the RUNchute? A brief narrative on where this whole thing came from...and we'll also explain what it is!
The RUNchute concept all started with John Honerkamp (Run Kamp) who wanted to bring back the classic "dual meet". RUNchute is an innovative platform that allows teams to race, runners to challenge themselves and a new way to embrace your training. Ultimately the race is a battle against yourself but when that battle is shared with others, an epic team component is possible. RUNchute revitalizes the traditional Cross Country (XC) Dual meet. Two teams lace them up, no referees, no questionable calls, no special equipment, just runners competing for their team. Team scoring is determined by adding the finish place of each team’s top 5 runners. Lowest team score wins. It’s that simple.
What's unique about the RUNchute platform is that runners compete asynchronously (i.e. virtually) on the same course using their GPS device. After importing their race effort from Strava, the RUNchute platforms verifies that the runner completed the race within the given window and gives them the option to post their time to the live leaderboard or they can elect to keep that hidden until the race window closes. Following completion of the event, RUNchute computes the typical XC team scoring (e.g. points, 5-person average, 5-person spread) but we also do some cool things that allow you to view the race in a whole new light.
Right now we are just in beta as we pilot the platform and the idea. If you want to be kept in the loop for future races or have a race concept that you want to run by us - go for it. We're developing the platform so that teams can compete anywhere...
Likely the most frequently misspelled word in cross country (it is chute, not shoot). This is the narrow area after the finish line that runners are lined up and herded into after finishing. The area is typically lined with some type of flagging. Before automatic timing, the chute would help ensure that the finished runners would stay in the proper order of finish so a race official could pull their race bib info (name, school) and place it on a spindle (in order of finish) so that team results could be calculated.