Too my surprise there are still event orgainisers choosing to time their events manually.
Firstly I have to say great effort if you do, having been in the sports industry for 15 years I know the pressure it puts people under, and with increasing demand from participants to have fast results then I’m sure this pressure will increase as time goes by.
Not only that, if you do time manually you need consider the welfare of your participants. Waiting in cues to have their race numbers manually recorded is not good when it’s cold, wet or even scorching hot! All you want to do is warm down and change clothes.
Regardless of how little participants pay to enter your events they want fast results.
If you are still manually timing you may not know, electronic timing is not a NEW concept. The first manufacture to introduce electronic transponder timing was AMB Identification & Timing, although it was in motorized racing. Since 1983, AMB active transponders are used in several motorized sports ranging from RC model car racing, high speed car racing, motocross, motor cycle racing, kart racing to snow cross. Since 1992 AMB transponders are also used in non motorized sports such as cycling, marathon, horse racing and triathlon. There are now three main types of timing systems. RFID, Active and UHF... check out more information
So when your are planning your event, price timing into your budget your day will be less stressful, good luck with your event planning for 2011.