Race timing software is a key element of race day. In every single race you run, there is some sort of software program present to help track the times of every single runner. The software needs to be reliable and accurate in order to provide race officials with correct numbers, especially if there is a virtual tie for the top finisher. At SpectaSport, we been providing race timing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware since 2009, so we consider ourselves experts on the features that should be included with the race timing software.
SpectaSport was actually one of the first race timing companies in the region to time ALL races with chip timing—even small charity 5K races. Since we’ve started, there have been huge leaps in technology in terms of chip timing features and reliability. SpectaSport was an early adopter of the dual chip (disposable) bibs, kiosk implementation with instant results, up-to-the-minute online results and more. Even now, we’re still a national leader in our implementation of results kiosks for smaller (under 1000 entries) races.
Race Timing Software: Our Best Advice
So, as professionals, what’s our number one piece of advice when it comes to race timing software? Choose a race timing company that is experienced and licensed in the software they are using. We’ve spent nearly a decade perfecting our timing service offerings. Our Charity Star package provides all the technology of the biggest races into an affordable, self-contained finish line command center that can fit into a parking spot, if needed. Race timing is more than just hardware and software. It’s a service that should be provided by knowledgeable experts like the folks on our team.
Check For Unlicensed Timing Companies
When it comes to organizing your race, you need to be wary of companies that do not hold licenses to use the timing software they use. It’s easy to check for this—simply ask to see the license for the program that your race timer is using. If they aren’t able to provide one, you’ll need to do some further investigation.
If you wind up using a company that does not have a software license, you are putting the results of the race at risk to the point where it might be difficult to declare a true winner. Many runners use their race results to enter into other races throughout the year. These results need to be 100 percent accurate.
Contact SpectaSport to Discuss Our Race Timing Services
Are you organizing a race for a charity event or other organization this year? Are you unsure of the race timing software you should use? If so, you should speak with our experts here at SpectaSport. We provide licensed race timing to races throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Call us today at 610-306-0574 or complete the contact form found on the website.