The creation of RaceGrader was inspired in 2011 because of a lack of online information relating to endurance events in Southern California. As an athlete that participated in running races and triathlons, it was frustrating trying to find your next race.
Thus, RaceGrader was born. We set out to develop a site with two simple ideas in mind:
- Have the most complete and easy-to-navigate race calendar for events in Southern California. We found nearly 700 races from San Diego to the Santa Barbara area. We also decided to include “destination events” that would appeal to athletes here in SoCal.
- Develop a community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts in Southern California. Initiate an open exchange of ideas through a discussion forum and social media outlets.
As RaceGrader began to progress, we listened to the community and found there was a need for more. Race enthusiasts wanted an online resource to get a discount to their favorite event. No surprise, we all know how expensive this hobby of ours can get!
So, we started to encourage races to list their events with discounts on our site. And now we strive everyday to provide the best and largest discounts available online!
We believe in the Southern California endurance-athlete community. And like you, we get inspired when we get a nod from a runner heading the opposite direction, or a biker stopping to help another fix a flat or a triathlete sharing some GU with someone ready to “bonk”. These are the things that make our community special and we’re thankful to be working with you everyday.
RaceGrader was developed to meet the needs of the Southern California endurance athlete. And we’ll continue to do so for years to come!