It’s true: Not everyone has gone through the effort of setting up a website that lists personal race statistics. (I’m poking fun at myself here.) Athlinks does this work for you and gives it a better look than I ever could.
The front page is simple: Type in a racer’s name and search. (Simple is good.) What’s returned is just so cool. Any race result that includes a match for the entered name appears. It’s this next nugget that’s a bit curious. You’ll notice pretty quickly just how many racers share your name. But that’s ok! Athlinks lets you set up a profile. You can then claim those specific results belonging to you.
Storytime: I’ve always registered for races using my full name. However, I shortened it on 1 occasion. (I have no idea why.) Coincidently it was my best 13.1 time. The issue was that different results would appear depending on how I spelled my name in the Athlinks “Search”. Quick emails to both the race to update my registration and then to Athlinks to refresh their postings resolved the matter. Thank you, Athlinks!
Now my favorite part: Upon claiming races, Athlinks puts you through their statistical blender. “Total Races” and “Total Race Miles”. Not a big deal. But highlighting your best 13.1 and 26.2 and then calculating your percentage rank indicating where you fall among your peers? Very nice!
The ability to claim races is a feature that deserves even more discussion. Perhaps you had a race you prefer to just forget. Well, you don’t have to claim it. Also, on 1 occasion I injured myself shortly before race day. The race had a no-transfer policy. No one likes losing an entry fee, so @HalfMarathonGal just grabbed the bib and ran in my place. (I won’t be claiming that race but perhaps she will.)
There’s quite a bit more that I really haven’t delved into. Following and messaging others. A “Rivals” feature (guessing this provides the ability to enroll yourself in a little friendly competition). And there’s a race finder as well.
Any respectable review has some constructive criticism, right? The profile picture posting seems a bit buggy. I’ve only been able to add one race picture to my profile (and that took multiple attempts). That’s about it. Their mobile website is nice as well.