Events.com, the event management platform that ‘facilitates and enhances the experience of hosting and attending events’, has announced today that Les Courses Gourmandes, the largest circuit of gourmet-themed foot races in Quebec, Canada, has selected Events.com to provide online event registration and operational expertise to its event series.
Backed by a mission to promote and democratize running through gourmet and themed events, Les Courses Gourmandes showcases local artisans, local produce and regional tourist attractions, offering a different type of racing experience.
“Les Courses Gourmandes is expanding rapidly and we needed to combine the best in event registration and bibs under one roof,” said Frédéric Houde, Founding President at Les Courses Gourmandes.
“Whether we are adding a promotion, opening a new distance or managing payments, these activities are all critical to our business, and Events.com allows us to seamlessly make event updates without interruption to our attendee experience.”
“When Les Courses Gourmandes opened their first event with Events.com, La Chococourse 5K, they were able to generate over 1000 registrations in 24 hours! It really shows what a clean, simple user interface can do,” said Chris Fenn, Development and Partnerships at Events.com.
“We are proud to offer a product that is attractive and user-friendly for both the organizer and participant; and one that supports multiple language needs, in this case French and English simultaneously.”
Beginning in the Montérégie region, Les Courses Gourmandes (The Gourmet Races) attracted nearly 6,500 runners in 2013 and more than 10,000 in 2014. In 2015, 15,000 runners from across Quebec will participate in 8 events in Montérégie, Mauricie, the Laurentians and the Eastern Townships.
Les Courses Gourmandes was created at the end of 2012 and held its first event in 2013 in Mont Saint Grégoire, Québec, The Maple Half Marathon. Since then, 10 other themed and food related events have been created, notably the Orchard Half Marathon and the Microbrewery Half Marathon.
Les Courses Gourmandes has received several small business awards and has ‘generated millions for the Montérégie region.’
Events.com is a leading online marketplace ‘uniting event organizers and event participants in a single place.’ The company notes that its cloud-based application bridges the gap between event organizers and event goers, giving the event ecosystem an improved solution to planning and finding events.
Events.com has over 75 employees with headquarters in San Diego and an office in Ottawa, Canada.