Event Calendar: User Guide

Wondering how to use our new event calendar? The following provides an overview of the search options and how to use them:

 

The Search Bar

Search Bar
The Search Bar includes three ways to search for events: by date (Events on or After), by keyword (Event Name/Keywords), and by location (Events Near). Depending on how specific you want your search to be, you can use one, two or all three of these. To perform your search, click the Find Events button.

Events on or After: Click on the Date field to display a mini calendar and choose a date. All events occurring on or after that date will be displayed.

Event Name/Keywords: Enter an event name or keyword(s) to view all events that include those words in their event name or description.

Events Near: Enter a Zip Code or City, State (such as “Boston, MA”) to view upcoming events near that location. By default, the search radius is 25 miles. To shrink or expand the distance, use the Search Radius filter option, found in the Advanced Filters bar.

Views


You can choose how your search results are displayed – in a List, by Day, by Month (on a calendar), or on Map – by using the View As option, located on the right of the Search Bar.

List View: List View shows upcoming events in chronological order. To browse events beyond the first page, use the Next Events links located at the top and bottom of the list. To view additional information about an event, click on the event name.

Month (Calendar) View: Month/Calendar View shows all events in a selected month. A few events are displayed per day, and any additional events can be seen by clicking View All on that day, or clicking the date itself. Past dates and events are shown faded, with current and upcoming events in bold. Mousing over an event will show the event’s name, date, time, and description. To view additional information about an event, click on the event name.

Day View: Day View shows events on a single date. Events are ordered and separated by start time. You can navigate with the Previous/Next Day links found at the top and bottom of the list, or with the date picker in the Search Bar (upper left). To view additional information about an event, click on the event name.

Map View: Map View shows all upcoming events plotted on a map. Clicking a dropped pin shows the event name and venue address. If the Events Near (Location search) is used, the map will zoom in on the selected location. Additionally, each event will display with the distance away from the location you entered. To view additional information about an event, click on the event name.

The Advanced Filters


The Advanced Filters provide additional ways to search for events, including: Event Distance/Type, Day, Time, and Search Radius. As with the Search Bar options, you can choose to apply as few or as many of these filters as you’d like.

Event Distance/Type: Want to only find 5K events? Half Marathons and Marathons? Choose one or more Event Distances and Types from this dropdown list to display only those events in your search results.

State: To view all upcoming events in a particular state, choose the state (or states,  to view events in multiple states) from this dropdown.

Day: Looking for only events that occur on a Saturday? Choose one or more days from this list to view only events occurring on those days.

Time: Want to find morning events? A race occurring at night? Choose one or more time-frames to view only events occurring during those times. Note: This filter takes into account start time and end time. For example, an event starting at 11am and ending at 3pm would display as occurring in the Morning and Afternoon.

Search Radius: Want to find events closer or farther from the location you entered in the Events Near field? Use this option to change the search radius of your location search (the default search range is 25 miles). Note: In order for this filter to appear, you’ll need to first enter a location in the Events Near field and perform the search by clicking the Find Events button. After that, you’ll be shown the Search Radius filter to change the search range.

Note: In some views certain filters will not be applicable. For example: if you’ve clicked into Day view and see all events taking place on Monday, April 21 — selecting Saturday from the “Day” filter in the sidebar is not going to do anything. Why? Because you’re already looking at events taking place on a specific Monday, so there are no Saturday events for filtering to begin with.

Note: There is a Reset Filters button at the right of the filters panel. When you’ve been filtering for a while and don’t want to manually undo all of your selections, just hit this link and it’ll take you back to square one.

We hope that this guide has helped answer any questions you had about using the calendar to find upcoming events.

Happy Searching!

– The Cool Running Team


Have an idea for how we can improve the Event Calendar?

Please submit your idea! Our team will periodically review the most popular ideas for possible inclusion in a future release.

How can I report a bug?

If you come across an error, please let us know by going to our Customer Feedback page and selecting “Contact support” to submit a bug report. Please include as many details as possible with your message.

Event Calendar Update FAQs for Race Directors

Why has Cool Running moved to a new calendar?

As with other systems on the web, there comes a point in time when a new version or system is necessary to meet the needs of its users and owners. Given the volume of events on our calendar, it is important for us to have a reliable system that can support your needs. We also want to be able to deliver you the features you want in the future as new technologies become available.

Our previous Event Calendar was no longer able to meet the demands of our ever growing audience, and as such, we had to switch to a new calendar.

Moving to this new calendar will address our concerns, add new features for event directors and runners, and will lead to the faster development of future enhancements.

What improvements does the new calendar offer to race directors?

The new calendar features many improvements, including:

  • - The Submit an Event form is now 1 page and eliminates unnecessary fields.
  • - Every event has its own Event Details page
  • - Event Descriptions no longer have character limits. You can also style the text (font, size, color).
  • - Recurring events can now be configured on a daily/weekly/monthly/custom basis

What improvements does the new calendar offer to runners?

New features for those searching for upcoming events include:

  • - Additional Views, which lets you search for events on a Map, by Day, or by Month. List view is also still an option.
  • - You can now filter events by Day or Time (For example, view only events occurring on Saturdays and/or in the Evening)
  • - Proximity search allows you to find all events within __ miles of a zip code
  • - Individual event detail pages provide you more info on each event
  • - Google Maps provide more accurate directions and interactive maps
  • - Responsive Design means an improved appearance on your tablet or mobile device
  • - Export events to Google Calendar or iCal

I had an account in the old calendar. Why do I need to create a new account?

In the old calendar, you could create multiple accounts per email address. Many users had two or more accounts, which often led to confusion over which account they had used to submit an event.

Our new calendar allows one account per email address, which resolves that issue and means you’ll only need to remember one username moving forward.Register for a new account now.

How can I change my password?

To change your password while you are logged in, visit your profile and click “Edit Profile” to change your password. If you are not already logged in, you can click here to enter your username or email address. A link to create a new password will then be sent to your email.

What happened to the events I already submitted?

All upcoming events that were previously submitted were moved to the new system and can be found on the new calendar.

How can I submit a new event?

To submit your event to our calendar, go to the Submit an Event page. You’ll need to create a new account prior to logging in for the first time.

How can I edit an event I’ve already submitted?

Go to your event list and click “Edit” under the event listing that you want to update or edit.

We realize that any change is difficult and want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we make this transition. Please don’t hesitate to send us your feedback or any ideas you’d like us to consider for a future release.

- The Cool Running Team


Still can’t find your answer?

Go to our Customer Feedback page and select “Contact support” to send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Have an idea for how we can improve the Event Calendar?

Please Submit your idea! Our team will periodically review the most popular ideas for possible inclusion in a future release.

How can I report a bug?

If you come across an error, please let us know by going to our Customer Feedback page and selecting “Contact support” to submit a bug report. Please include as many details as possible with your message.

Event Calendar Update FAQs for Runners

Why has Cool Running moved to a new calendar?

As with other systems on the web, there comes a point in time when a new version or system is necessary to meet the needs of its users and owners. Given the volume of events on our calendar, it is important for us to have a reliable system that can support your needs. We also want to be able to deliver you the features you want in the future as new technologies become available.

Our previous Event Calendar was no longer able to meet the demands of our ever growing audience, and as such, we had to switch to a new calendar.

Moving to this new calendar will address our concerns, add new features for event directors and runners, and will lead to the faster development of future enhancements.

What improvements does the new calendar offer to runners?

New features for those searching for upcoming events include:

  • - Additional Views, which lets you search for events on a Map, by Day, or by Month. List view is also still an option.
  • - You can now filter events by Day or Time (For example, view only events occurring on Saturdays and/or in the Evening)
  • - Proximity search allows you to find all events within __ miles of a zip code
  • - Individual event detail pages provide you more info on each event
  • - Google Maps provide more accurate directions and interactive maps
  • - Responsive Design means an improved appearance on your tablet or mobile device
  • - Export events to Google Calendar or iCal

How can I search for events with this new system?

For a complete description of the search features and how to use them, please review our User Guide.

We realize that any change is difficult and want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we make this transition. Please don’t hesitate to send us your feedback or any ideas you’d like us to consider for a future release.

- The Cool Running Team


Have an idea for how we can improve the Event Calendar?

Please submit your idea! Our team will periodically review the most popular ideas for possible inclusion in a future release.

How can I report a bug?

If you come across an error, please let us know by going to our Customer Feedback page and selecting “Contact support” to submit a bug report. Please include as many details as possible with your message.