One of the most common questions we’re asked by first-time race planners is how transponder race timing works. If you’re looking to provide participants with an exceptional race experience and pinpoint accurate results, familiarizing yourself with timing technology is a great start.
How Does Transponder Race Timing Work?
Transponder race timing is a type of timing that relies on a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that is attached to the runner’s bib. (At SpectaSport, each bib we provide is embedded with two chips, just for extra redundancy.) Mats, or other types of antennas based on your timing location, “read” the chip’s information each time the runner passes over them, recording both the time and the runner’s location. It works in a similar way EZ Pass does when the scanner clocks your transponder as you drive under a toll booth. The result is accurate race times organized by information gathered at registration (i.e. by age, gender, etc.).
Arguably the best part about transponder race timing is how quickly runners can get their race results after finishing. There’s no need to do any additional number crunching after the race is over. Runners can simply check their time as soon as they cross the finish line. At SpectaSport, our timing software allows runners to check on their mobile devices without even having to download an app. Our race timing packages even include kiosks which are another convenient place for runners to check their time.
Where to Get Transponder Race Timing
Though some first-time planners wonder if timing equipment rental is an option, we would never recommend it. A DIY approach is not only an unnecessary hassle, it could result in disappointment. To avoid any mistakes, choosing SpectaSport is a no brainer. Small charity races are our specialty, and we’re able to provide seamless timing services, invaluable race management support and so much more for an extremely affordable rate. Reach out to our experts at 610-306-0574 or complete the contact form on our site for a consultation.