You can save a few bucks and time the race yourself, just buy a stop watch and a bunch of Popsicle sticks, of course that requires eating a lot of Popsicles. Now if you time the race yourself who is going to come and if they do come are they going to come back next year and choose your event over one that is professionally timed?
Chip Timing Technology
Once you decide to have your race professionally timed, there are options to consider. You can go with the old fashioned pull tag method, this is manual and requires keeping the runners in chutes, and a person typing bib numbers, and hitting a button each time a runner crosses the finish line.
We are in the 21st century; do you really want to hire a timing company that does things manually. At some point you’re going to want to move towards chip timing, so why wait? If you were looking for a word processor would you buy a typewriter?
At Colorado Race Timing we use the IPICO chip timing system. If you’re looking for the technical details, check out the IPICO website. I’m going to break it down in layman terms: When you’re at the grocery store, going through the self- checkout line, you scan your Popsicles at the counter. In a nutshell that’s RFID technology, that’s chip timing. That UPC barcode that you scanned, that’s the “timing chip.” When the runners cross the finish line, we know who that individual is, their age, gender, age group and the exact time that they crossed the finish line. When you have all of that information, timing becomes less complicated and you’ve reduced errors.
Cost and Value
The BolderBoulder uses the IPICO timing system. If the IPICO timing system is the correct choice for the BolderBoulder, it will work for you.
Colorado Race Timing is not the cheapest timing company out there but we’re also not the most expensive. Warren Buffet once said “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” At Colorado Race Timing, you’re going to get value.
Free Race Promotion
We time races and we promote races.
Colorado Race Timing is owned by the same people who operate www.runcolo.com which is Colorado’s number one running website; bringing in over 77,000 visits per month. We will advertise your race with a rotating logo for two months prior to your race, include your race in our monthly E-Blast (38,000 Colorado runners) and feature your race on the front page of RunColo a week before the race. Then we will cross promote your event on Facebook where we have over 4,600 friends.
All of that is done for free and we promise you no other timing company can come close to marketing a race like us.
Race Management & Equipment Rental
We offer race equipment rental. We will rent you everything you need to put on a race, (with the exception of port-o-potties… and we do not plan to get into that business anytime soon). We also provide course management services. We can lay out your course before the race. Remember outsource what you don’t know to the experts.
At Colorado Race Timing we know timing and course management.
Contact us for a quote; we look forward to making your event a success.