Finish Line Basics
Obtaining correct finish
line results requires coordination among registration, finish line and results
processing. This is best accomplished when the following rules are enforced.
Coordinate specific race rules with registration personnel: Registration and timing personnel must understand all special requirements of the race such as divisions, bib number assignments and required registration data and its transmission to data entry personnel.
Rock solid communication is necessary between all members of the registration and results team.
Put information on your website and entry forms explaining that the race is chip timed and explain some of the requirements below.
Registration Entry Form fields should follow the following example:
Also on your entry forms please copy and past these instructions so the runners and walkers will have an idea about chip timing and the importance of returning the chip after the race. Or at least getting it back to me if they do not complete the race.
IPICO CHIP Instructions
|(1) All of the above data is required.
Runners who do not include date of birth are assigned an age of zero, and
are excluded from awards consideration.
(2) Include instructions to "Print or write legibly."
(3) The "Division" fields will most typically be Run, Walk, Wheel or Racewalk. In the case of two concurrent races, it could be 5K Run, 10K Run, 5K Walk, 5K Racewalk or 10K Wheel. It is preferable to offer an option to circle rather than a blank to fill in.
(4) Do not use a background image where data fields exist and do not use a dark colored paper. Dark background colors or images make the handwriting difficult to read.
(5) This data field design approximates the software registration window and improves the efficiency of race day registration
Race Number Requirement for Chip Timing
(1) All race registrants must receive
a single unique race number. Duplication of numbers is not permitted
If a runner or walker changes their mind and wants to change to walker or runner they do not need to fill out a new form. Just notify me of what bib number needs to change to what division, ie runner or walker. Very easy! However, this should be done 30 minutes prior to race start time.
Data Requirements (Race data):
|(1) Complete range of race numbers
indicating beginning number and ending number and prefix/suffix, if any.
Subdivide the range of numbers by division (if you want to, not required).
For example: runner number range could be 1 - 500, walker number range could
be 501 - 600, wheelchair number range could be 601 - 610.
(2) Structure of race awards: overall, masters(40+), grand masters(50+), seniors(60+), wheelchair, walker, racewalker, etc. and age divisions. If at all possible, use standard age divisions: 1 - 9, 10 - 14, 15 - 19, 20 - 24, 25 - 29, .... 70+ for 5 year increments or 1 - 9, 10 - 19, 20 - 29, ..., 70+ for 10 year increments. Indicate depth of awards in each division for overall male and female runners and walkers(if applicable).
(3) Race start. Will your race start in waves? How many? What will be the time delay?
Pre-registration runner data:
(1) As entry forms are received, race registration personnel should assign correct bib number to each runner. All runner data on entry form along with the assigned bib number should be entered into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Include complete file with each transmission.
(2) Your complete runner data file should be e-mailed daily beginning one weeks prior to race date.
(3) Race number assignments should be made in a continuous, ascending order within each division range.
(4) Once a race number is assigned, it can be reassigned up to the day before the race, you just need to tell me.
Race day runner data:
(1) Runner completes his/her own entry form. Registration personnel assigns race number.
(2) Race number assignments must be made in a continuous, ascending order within each division range -- no exceptions.
(3) Race day entry forms should be delivered to the finish line for data entry as expeditiously as possible.
(4) Should a runner desire to change race division, previous race number can be used but timing personnel must be notified immediately. This should be done 30 minutes prior to the race start time.
(5) Race day registration should close 30 minutes prior to start of race. Exceptions allowed for smaller races.
Passing Out Chips On Race Day:
1. If you use a seperate table to pass out chips participants with bib numbers can go to the chip table, show them their bib number and pick up the corresponding chip. OR...
2. If you are using bibs/do not use bib numbers and are useing the chip only, the runner can pick up their bib and/or chip as they register. If they are pre-registered, they can pick it up as they check in and get their bib and/or chip.
3. The chip should be on top of the shoe, above the laces, laying flat. Two wire ties are recommended.
4. Pre-race announcements should be made to make sure everybody has picked up their chip and has it securely fastened to their shoe.