Using the latest chip timing
technologies, we provide fast, accurate results for your race. At most events, preliminary
results are available as soon as your participants begin crossing the finish line.
From high school cross country invitationals with 6 or
more races taking place on a single morning to providing the timing and scoring for
the Illinois High School Regional and Sectional cross country races to marathons and triathlons, we
have the experience and expertise to provide fast accurate results.
Final results will nearly always be posted online the day of
the race. Preliminary results are available and can be posted on site once the athletes begin crossing the
finish line. Once all the competitors have completed the race, final results will be printed and provided to
the Race Director as well as electronic results (available in a variety of different formats).
Three timing chip methods are available for your race.
This method utilizes a card which is slightly smaller than a
credit card. The athlete attaches it to one of their shoes by either lacing it into their shoe laces or
using a set of twist ties to hold it securely to their shoe.
This is the most inexpensive methods of chip timing. The
cards are small and are reuseable. However, volunteers must be placed at the finish line to retrieve the
tag after the athlete has completed the race. This system is ideal for local running races where there are
fewer than 500 athletes.
The bib-tag is integral with the runners bib (number). These are
disposable so there is no need to retrieve these at the finish line. These are available as
chips which are attached to bibs that you provide or as a generic bib where the
chip is pre-attached or you can design a custom bib specific to your race. The
bib-tag is also ideal for mountain bike races where the bike/competitor's number is on a bib like
placard attached to the front of the bike.
Today, most major road races utilize the bib tag method of
timing. Since the bib is worn on the torso (as opposed to the shoe tag on the foot of the athlete), the time
associated with that athlete more closely coincides with the "official" time of the competitor (where their
official time is when the torso crosses the finish line, not the foot), it is also not susceptible to an
incorrect time/placement caused by when the foot with the tag crosses the line relative to when
the torso crosses.
However, the bib-tag, being disposable is a bit more expensive
than the shoe tag. If your race has a key sponsor and exposure for that sponsor is important, the bib-tag is
a billboard seen by every spectator and every competitor. Many athletes keep their bibs from each race with
the race date and their time written on the back so it can also be a durable reminder of both your race and
This is the tag for your race if the competitors will be swimming
or are in any kind of environment where a shoe-tag or bib-tag cannot be used. The chip is part of a soft
neoprene ankle wrap which has a velcro strap for individual adjustment. The athlete places the strap around
their ankle and secures it to fit. The chip then stays with them for the duration of the race regardless if
they wear a wetsuit over it or need to change shoes. It is waterproof so it can be used in the swim
portion of a triathlon to accurately capture the competitor's swim
Running races with over 50 competitors typically will utilize a
timing mat at the start line. This allows the runners that are at the back of the pack to not be penalized
because they did not cross the start line at the same time as those at the front. Their time will be based
on when they cross the start line not when the start signal is sounded. For instance at the major marathons
such as Chicago, New York or Boston, those at the back will sometimes cross the start line up to 20 minutes
after the start signal.
We also have the ability to provide "splits" for your race or
capture lap times. Today, it has become all too common to hear about competitors cheating. One of the most
common methods is by cutting the race course. By placing timing mats at specific locations, you can
verify that all competitors have completed the course. We can look for disproportionate changes in
a competitor's race pace as another method to ensure they have legally completed the entire race. Ask us how
we can help ensure a fair race for all your athletes.
Besides the basic timing mat at the finish
line we typically employ a back up method as well. Usually this is a second independent timing
mat. We can also manually enter the time and bib number into a second computer (synchronized with the timing
system) and, especially if placement is critical, we can utilize finish line
Contact us today to find out more about
how we can assist in making your race a success.