Race FAQ’s


  • How do you time the races?

    BibTag System

    The RaceResults BibTag system is designed to minimize logistics and is extremely user friendly for participants. It is the world’s only timing system with just a single tag attached to the bib number. We simply distribute the bibs with integrated tags to the runner and the results are guaranteed.

  • How do I get my timing chip and what do I do with it?

    The timing chip will be attached to the back of your race number. Make sure you wear your race number on the front of your shirt or shorts. These chips are made specially and the timing mats will pick them up.

  • Can I wear my own personal timing chip at your races?

    Your race number already has a timing chip attached to it, so you CANNOT use your own chip.


  • When can I pick up my race packet?

    You can usually pick up your packet one or two days before raceday at our 1st Place Sportss stores. Packet pickup days, times, and locations should be listed on the race information website.

  • How do I know where to go to pick up my race packet?

    During registration, you will mark where you will pick up your packet on the specified Packet Pickup days. Please remember what location you selected! If you are unable to pick up your packet at your specified location during the packet pickup days, you can pick it up at the event. All packets not yet picked up are moved to the race site for race day pickup.

  • What happens if I marked a store to pick up my packet, but I couldn't make it?

    All race packets that do not get picked up at our stores get taken down to the race site for race day pickup/registration.

  • I had to select where to pick up my packet, so why is it at a different location?

    We download all your information directly from online into our race registration database. We do not edit any of the information, so the packet goes where you selected it to go. If there was a mistake somehow, and your packet is not where you thought it would be, you can always pick it up on race day before the event.



  • What is Gun Time vs. Chip Time?

    Gun time is the amount of time it takes you from when the race begins to when you cross the finish line. Chip time is the amount of time it took you from when you crossed the starting line to when you crossed the finish line. Usually, unless you are right at the front of the starting line, your gun time will be slower than your chip time.

  • My chip time is faster than the person listed before me in the results. Why am I not listed first?

    Per United States Track and Field rules and regulations, awards and results are usually based on gun times, not chip times, although it is up to the discretion of the Race Director. The person listed above you most likely had a faster gun time.

  • My chip time says I ran faster. It isn't fair that I didn't win my age group! Please explain.

    USATF Rules and Regulations state that awards are supposed to be given based on gun time, although with advanced technology, it is now up to the discretion of the Race Director.

    The basic rule is the first person to cross the finish line wins.

    USATF rules explain it like this:

    USATF Rule 245.1 states “The order in which the athletes cross the finish line will be the official finish position.” Further, Rule 245.3 – regarding transponder timing – “the actual time elapsed between an athlete reaching the starting line and finish line can be made known to the athlete, but will not be considered as official time.” In short, official time per USATF rule is gun time.

    To read an article that better explain this rule, click here.


Entry fees are non-refundable. This policy applies to all entrants and is in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected family/business emergency, have a medical emergency, etc. If the course has to be changed or the race cancelled due to an act of nature, or the event time changed due to circumstances beyond our control, there are no refunds or rollovers. You may not sell, transfer or give your bib to another person, unless given express permission by race organizers. There are NO exceptions.


During 1st Place Sports events, there is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions (for example: lightning, tornado, high winds, extreme hot or cold temperatures, etc…). 1st Place Sports will do as much as we can to make the experience as safe as possible. But if there is severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a reasonable delay, or if conditions persist, race officials reserve the right to shorten or cancel the race. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please check the event website, our 1st Place Sports social media, and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations. If you are already at the event, listen to the announcer about any weather changes that may occur.