The Social Life: Race along to handy link

By Alison King

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There are social media links to everything nowadays.
There are social media links to everything nowadays.

There are social media outlets for pretty much everything these days. Whether it's to raise your business profile on LinkedIn or promote your brand on Twitter, there is something for everyone.

If you're into sport, particularly individual sports, then take a look at Athlinks. It's tagline is "social media for endurance athletes". But it doesn't matter what distance you race, you can still use it.

I use Athlinks to log my race times. On Sunday, I finished my third City-to-Surf event in Tauranga and, when I got home, I was keen to see how that finish stacked up against my previous races.

Instead of going to the event website and trying to navigate my way through - nothing against Event Promotions - I turned to Athlinks. Every race I've finished, I have claimed results and can find them all on one page. It was as simple as selecting running and the distance - and there they were.

As to social media, you can "friend "other people in your sports circles and set them up as rivals if you tend to race against them a lot. You can find your next events, add that you will be racing, and even set yourself a predicted finish time. You can "rival" anyone you race often, they don't have to be a friend. And if you're in a club, you can join your club's profile on Athlinks.

I love the results function the best.

On my Athlinks page, my results are broken up depending on the discipline, whether it is a swimming event, cycling, running or triathlon. I can select a particular year (2010 was my most competitive and 2012 the least so) or type of event type (triathlon has the edge over running).

When it comes to the social side of it, I have my rivals, but I have also connected my Athlinks profile to Facebook. You can type up your training for the day in the WDYDT (What did you do today?) box and that pops up on Facebook too.

After my race on Sunday, I realised I hadn't claimed a few other results - that is, adding race results to your profile - so I did that too. It's one thing keeping race numbers and medals, but results are equally important to me. By using Athlinks, I have them logged for posterity -

- Rotorua Daily Post

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