25th September 2017
It is often the case that if you want to succeed at something, do what you love – and this is certainly what’s happened with Racecheck founders Katerina and Alex Tanti, whose love of running and triathlons has led them to set up this rapidly growing race review platform for endurance sports events.
A family-run business, Racecheck was founded when Alex competed in one of his first events in Japan and found himself frustrated that there was nowhere to share constructive feedback of his experience with either fellow athletes or the race itself. He realised that there was a real gap in the market for a race review platform within the endurance sports community and, with sister Katerina in agreement, Racecheck was born.
The great thing about being sports enthusiasts themselves, with countless medals between them, is that Alex and Katerina understand exactly what it takes to be an athlete and what it is that athletes want. Their passion for sport has led them to create an extremely valuable tool for both athletes and event organisers.
For athletes, Racecheck is the go-to platform for sharing reviews on endurance events across the globe; it helps athletes of all abilities to find their perfect race, and it fosters a great sense of community.
For event organisers, Racecheck is the place to be seen delivering the best events out there; organisers can list their events for free and reach out to the growing global athlete community.
It all fits perfectly with Alex and Katerina’s mission to change the way athletes and event organisers interact, one race at a time.
So, who are Alex and Katerina? It was an inspiration to catch up with them and find out more about the brains behind Racecheck…
Favourite event: Triathlon
When did you start: 8 years ago, when I was working in Japan
Triathlon history: Over 50 events from sprint triathlons to IRONMAN completed in 8 years
Best achievements: Representing Greece at the 2012 Barfoot and Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final, Auckland / 2013 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, London and 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Sunshine Coast Australia.
Next challenge: Qualifying for the Ironman World Championships
What do you love about sport?
“Sport challenges us emotionally, physically and mentally. It brings all your character traits to the surface and is an amazing journey of self-discovery and improvement. Training is one thing, but competing in races takes things to another level. The sense of achievement at the finish line after having experienced a whole spectrum of emotions throughout the event is incredible – a very unique feeling.”
Favourite events: Ultra Running and Triathlon
When did you start: In 2000, I thought I’d give triathlon a go and came 3rd in the Greek National Triathlon Championships! It took until 2013 and to be living in the UK for me to get the bug properly though, and I returned to training and competing, culminating with representing Greece at the ITU World Triathlon Championships and numerous other middle distance triathlons. Ultra running has since become a big passion of mine too.
Best achievements: 1st overall in the Race to the Stones 50km, 2nd day (2016) / 3rd AG in Ironman 70.3 Turkey (2015) / 9th AG in Ironman 70.3 Zell-am-See (2015). Also, balancing the demands of training with family life and Racecheck!
Next challenge: Challenge Denmark middle distance triathlon and Highland Fling Ultra run.
What do you love about sport?
“I love pushing myself to see how far I can go and the feeling of achievement when I complete a race or goal. It’s important to be proud of yourself and to do your best, no matter your level. I hope that I am inspiring my children and showing them that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything!
“I also particularly love the sense of community that you get with running and triathlon – athletes are generally hugely supportive of each other and you come to really value the community of like-minded people that you are part of. It adds so much to the sport and to life!”
Tell us more about #VisorClub…
“Visorclub is something very special to us. It was created by our users and happened very organically. It is an exclusive club, which you can only join by posting reviews on Racecheck to support other athletes: There is then a monthly draw and new members of #VisorClub are selected and awarded the honoured Racecheck visor. You have to earn it and work for it – like with a race – and you do this by contributing race reviews to help fellow athletes find the right race for them.
It really embraces the idea of what we are trying to achieve at Racecheck – promoting a healthy lifestyle, encouraging camaraderie from a race, providing organisers with constructive feedback, celebrating joint achievement and supporting each other. We have 180 members of #VisorClub so far, who wear their visors with pride and tag us from events all over the world!”
“We have some exciting developments in the pipeline for Racecheck over the coming months. In the meantime, we’d love athletes of all abilities to review all events they complete for the benefit of others on Racecheck. Let’s continue to nurture this fantastic global athlete community with the sharing of unbiased, honest information and use the power of feedback to create positive change.”