Chip timing, also known as net time, is a method used to measure the actual time it takes a runner to complete a race from start to finish. In races that utilize this technology, participants are provided with a computer chip attached to their running shoe. This chip is programmed with their information and is received along with their race bib during registration. The chip is securely fastened to the ankle using a Velcro strap. As the runner crosses the starting line, the chip registers the start time, and as they cross the finish line, it records the finish time. This chip time is distinct from the "gun time," which is the time it takes to complete the race from the moment the race officially begins.
Chip technology is widely utilized in large races, particularly marathons, providing numerous benefits for participants. With chip timing, runners can position themselves at the start based on their pace, eliminating the need to navigate through crowds. Additionally, for longer distances like marathons, the chip records splits at various points along the course, such as the half-marathon mark. This feature is advantageous for friends and family who wish to track runners online during the race.
This question applies only to the Dual Antenna System with two receive antennas. Our systems have the capacity to accommodate as many runners as can fit across the antenna mats, typically around 700 runners per minute over a 4m wide mat.
Competitors have the option to either handle the chip return themselves or seek assistance from finish marshals. The chips are then placed in plastic bins or buckets for collection by the race organizer. It is the responsibility of the race organizer to ensure that all chips are collected and returned to the appropriate place.
Our systems and procedures offer flexibility for Race Organisers to accept entries right up to the day of the event, maximizing revenue potential. There is no need to turn away competitors unnecessarily, as we provide an agreed number of additional pre-programmed chips and corresponding numbers. These can be sold on the day or used as replacements for any forgotten or lost chips and numbers.
Race results can be generated while competitors are still finishing, allowing for quick display and timely prize presentations. The prize presentation report and team results reports can be produced simultaneously, ensuring efficient processing. Additionally, we prioritize posting the results on the web, typically before leaving the race venue.
To ensure accurate results, it is essential to have precise finish information. Conventional manual timing, although reliant on skilled operators, is still prone to errors. Rectifying these errors can be time-consuming and lead to delays in producing the results and prize list.
With Tri & Enters chip timing services, these errors are eliminated. Our system records the runner's race number and time as they cross the finish line, directly feeding them into the results system. This streamlined process ensures accurate and efficient result generation.
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