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General Race Information Q&A

Race Timing

How do you time the races?

We time our races using MyLaps Timing technology which uses a timing chip. A timing chip is a miniature transponder in a specially designed plastic housing. This device contains a chip in combination with an energizing coil. These elements are encased in a waterproof glass capsule, meaning the chip can be used under all conditions (wet, dry, hot and cold). MyLaps timing allows for fast and accurate results!

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

For most of our races, you will pick up your chip on race day at the registration area. For some of the larger races we put on, you may receive the chip when you pick up your race packet. The chip must be worn on your shoe or ankle during a race to ensure the timing mats will read the chip. You must cross the timing mats at the start and finish to be included in the results. Sometimes, the timing chip will be attached on the back of your race number. In this case, just 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?


YES:

Yes, if we are using the timing chips that you attach to the shoe or ankle, and you pre-register, you can use your own timing chip. You will enter your chip number on the race entry form, and deduct $2.00 from the entry fee.

NO:

If the event is using the Bib timing system, where your race number already has a timing chip attached to it, then you CANNOT use your own chip.

If you wait to sign up on Raceday, you CANNOT use your own chip. The day before the race, we feed all the timing chips into our registration system, so when participants get to the race, there is already a timing chip corresponding to their assigned race number. Meaning if you sign up on raceday, the race number you receive already has a timing chip designated to it in our system. This is why you HAVE to wear the chip we give you!

What happens if I lose the timing chip during the race or afterwards?

Your race entry fee covers the cost of the chip rental. At the finish line, we have bins set up for Chip return. If you lose your chip, it is a $30.00 replacement fee. Make sure your chip is securely fastened to your shoe!

Packet Pickup

When can I pick up my race packet?

You can usually pick up your packet starting two days before raceday at our stores. Packet pickup days, times, and locations should be listed on the entry fee or in the race information.

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

On each entry form, you mark where you would like to pick up your packet on the specified Packet Pickup Days. You can choose between any of our 5 store locations, or you can mark "Raceday," meaning you will be picking up your packet at the race. Please remember what location you marked!

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 raceday before the event.

Online Registration

Why does online registration close early?

Online registration closes at least 3 days before a race we manage. We need that time to download all the online entries, put them into our database, and get the Bib Numbers ready to send out to our stores the day before Packet Pickup begins.

Why are entry fees higher online?

Online registration fees are higher to cover the processing fee.

I signed up online, but I did not receive a confirmation

Usually, if you did not receive an email confirmation, then your online registration did not go through and you were not charged. You can try again, come into any of our stores to register, or call the Race Office (904) 731-1900.

Timing Results

What is Gun Time vs. Chip Time?

Gun time is the amount of time it took you from when the race begins to when you crossed 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 more 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 always based on gun times, not chip times. 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 given based on gun time. The first person to cross the finish line wins.

We only include chip times in our results for two reasons: to give individual participants a true sense of their finish time, and incase of any ties or cheating inquiries. We don't use Chip Times for awards or listing results. 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.