What is a chip timed event?

You may have heard runners talking about their “chip time” from race results. Chip time is another way of saying “net time,” or the actual amount of time it takes a runner to go from the starting line of a race to the finish line.

How much do timing chips cost?

Imagine a single charity run with 20,000 competitors – a locked chip will routinely cost above $1 USD per chip. An identical unlocked chip (for example the Dogbone Monza r6 from Smartrac) will cost around 20-25c. The chips of course are used for just this race, then thrown out.

How do timing chips work at a race?

Chip timing is able to precisely measure your race results by registering your race chip as you run across RFID timing mats located throughout the race course. Your individual clock starts as soon as you pass over the mats located at the starting line, and likewise ends as you cross the mats at the finish line.

How are 5K races timed?

The average 5K running time per mile is about 13 minutes, 21 seconds for women and 11 minutes, 22 seconds for men, resulting in finish times around 41 minutes, 30 seconds and 35 minutes, 20 seconds, respectively….Average 5K Time and Pace.

​Age Group​ ​Women​ ​Men​
70+ 53:20 45:00

How do marathons track your time?

By affixing RFID labels to the bib of each runner and strategically placing timing mats (RFID readers) throughout the course, it’s possible to track the progress and finishing time of each runner. In fact, this is how many races throughout the world are timed today — using RFID labels and barcode technology.

How are the Olympic races timed?

Line-scan cameras The current photo-finish system used in Olympic competition, as well as other top-level events uses a digital line-scan camera aimed straight along the finish line. TimeTronics, FinishLynx, and Omega are examples of commercial timing systems commonly used in athletic competitions.

What is the difference between chip time and gun time in a race?

Gun time is the time elapsed between when the race starts (gun goes off) and when the participant crosses the finish line. Chip time or net time is the time the person crosses the start line mats and crosses the finish line mat; chip time will always be less than gun time.

When did chip timing start?

But technology made a big impact on race organizers when the marathon timing chip was introduced in the 1990s. Suddenly, they were able to track runners from the second they crossed the start line to when they reached the 5-kilometer point, to halfway through the event and the all-important finish line.

What are the best race timing chips for my event?

All of these race timing chips work with all of our chip timing systems Jaguar Bib-Chip – As low as $1.25 each Great for: Running events from 100 to 100,000 participants as well as adventure races and mud runs. The Bib-Chip is your all-in-one solution for race timing.

What is eventchiptiming?

Put simply we are event timing specialists! running, cycling, triathlon events around the UK. Our chip timing equipment is custom built so we can handle any chip timing scenario. Different start/finish areas, commentator lines, multiple laps and remote timing points are all just part of the job for us. EventChipTiming provide instant results.

Why choose its timing?

ITS is a top vendor for any type of timing chip. Race timing systems and other timing systems that need a timed bib or timing chips for running races often use our products.

Where can I rent a chip timing system?

You can rent your chip timing system either direct from the manufacturer, through a regional distributor or sometimes even race timing companies (although the latter would probably try to steer you towards getting the full timing service from them). In the UK, you can rent the following systems: