Timing was never in-house at Rivalry Events when we first began organizing rivalry runs back in 2013. But after hiring chip timing companies and watching them do their technical magic at our races it quickly grabbed the attention of Race Director, Jimmy Addison. He became fascinated and obsessed with the idea of investing in expensive RFID chip timing equipment and spending over a year learning about RFID technology and how to implement the equipment and knowledge to time our own races.
Chip timing is one of those technical cornerstone pieces of great running and multi-sport events!
It requires accuracy, precision, focus, and attention to detail. However, timing the first few races was no easy task. Technical mishaps bogged down the results and therefore the overall success of our races and left us a bit disheartened about the whole idea of chip timing ourselves. Long story short, when a serious runner doesn’t get a race time he or she can be very frustrated, and oh boy did we find that out fast!
So we tried manual timing while we ironed out technical issues with chip timing, but that doled out even worse results. Turns out to manually time a race you need several detail oriented and focused volunteers for clusters of close finishers, and yet mistakes will still happen.
We were desperate chip time successfully!
It took a couple of years of trial and error with different software and hardware but perseverance paid off and we finally reached a point in 2016 where we felt on top!
Here we are 2 years later timing our own rivalry runs and even offering professional chip timing solutions to other events. And with our experience in organizing and timing races, in addition to our race assets, we can even offer all-in-one running and multi-sport events chip timing and production services for medium sized events.
We are excited about our expanding services. If you are planning on organizing a race consider hiring us. You can find out more about our chip timing services and prices on our chip timing page. For our full race timing website, including finding race results and learning about other races please visit www.rivalryevents.org. We look forward to working with many races in the Pacific Northwest!