Jarrod Shoemaker

Birthday:

July 17th, 1982

Birthplace:

Concord, MA

College:

Dartmouth College

How many Triathlons have you done?

I did my first triathlon in 2003 and started racing professionally in 2004. Over the course of the past ten years I have probably raced in over 120 triathlons both in the US and around the world.

How did you get in to Triathlons?

When I was in high school my uncle was doing triathlons, I did not really know what they were and I almost went with my family to watch him race Ironman Hawaii, but decided against missing school and cross country. He talked to me about how the professional stuff was good for runners and people who knew how to swim so I put that in the back of my mind and went off to Dartmouth College to run. Towards the end of my college career I realized I was a good runner, but would never run 13:00 for 5k so I decided to start swimming again and learning how to bike. I did my first triathlon right before my senior cross country season, placing 10th overall. I decided that during my senior year I would throw in some extra biking and swimming to help my running recovery. Amazingly during my senior year I set PRs in the 5k (14:09) and 3k (8:08) while running a bit less and doing a bit of cross training. Upon graduation from college and placing 13th in the NCAA 5k I jumped headfirst into triathlon.

What is your most memorable endurance event experience and why?

I do not think I can say anything other than racing at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008. For many reasons this experience was amazing, representing my country, being an Olympian and experiencing the biggest race a triathlete can compete in. For me racing on the ITU (International Triathlon Union) circuit our races are one step above most local races, we compete on closed roads, have grandstands and huge TV screens, but the Olympics were even above that. There were over 50,000 people in seating on a huge dam, the venue was spacious, open and perfectly manicured. There was a lot of room for the athletes to move around and prepare.

Favorite endurance event website, and why?

I am not sure I have a favorite event website, but for me ease of finding information is the most important thing. As an athlete I do not want to be searching all over the site looking for course maps, registration info, parking instructions, results and other pertinent information. I find that way too many websites have too much going on, in my mind simplicity is important. I also think too many websites over use massive graphics causing you to have to scroll all over the place. The most important information should be at the top and easy to find.

Most technological savvy event you have experienced?

I have been to many events, but I do not believe we have seen what can be done for triathlon in terms of technological uses. Most races have pieces of the puzzle down, but leave out other pieces that can be just as important. From the moment an athlete signs up to race they should have no stress regarding any part of the race experience. On the other side there is much to do for the experience of the spectators, family and friends at races. Most races provide little information to the spectators and live timing during a race is hard to come by. This is one of the reasons I am happy to be working with RacePartner, to provide better information and communication to all parties involved makes the race experience greater for both athletes and spectators.

What excites you most about your partnership with RacePartner?

I am excited to be working with RacePartner because I believe a lot can still be done in the endurance event space. I like things that are simple and easy to use and I find most registration sites have too much info and ask if you want to buy other things, while that might be great for the registration sites bottom line, I just want to register for the race, put my information in and get an email confirmation. RacePartner is working to make it easier for athletes, race directors and timing companies to coordinate all the data on race day and this will benefit everybody. In addition to the registration side, the website work that RacePartner does makes events look extremely professional. From the first engagement of an athlete until race day the entire process should be simple and effortless.

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