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Event Timing Services

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).


Timing Choices

Three timing chip methods are available for your race.

The Shoe Tag:

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:

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 your sponsor.

The Multi-Sport Tag:

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 time.

Timing Options

Start Line:

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.

Lap/Split Times:

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. 

Finish Line:

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 cameras. 

Contact us today to  find out more about how we can assist in making your race a success.