The Perfect 5K Plan

How-to-Plan-a-5K-cover-page-300x187by Chronotrack

Chronotrack, the supplier of the timing equipmant and chips used by Yankee Timing has put together a comprehensive guide on organizing a 5K. “Planning a race can be a monumental project. Whether you’re trying to figure out how to plan a 5K for the first time, or you’re an industry veteran on your 50th event, there’s always more you can learn when it comes to the details of race management. So we’ve pulled together a 44-page guide on how to plan a 5K (or any race distance, really) to help get your creative juices flowing.”

And the Bib goes On

djc_bw-150x150by Dave Camire

Why do we wear bibs at races? The answer seems obvious to most of us, however to some the answer is not obvious at all. Don’t believe me? Next time you are at a road race walk around and ask that question. The answers may surprise you.

I’ve found that there is a portion of the racing population that does not make the correlation between these Tyvek squares and scoring the event. They do understand that to get a time they need to wear a number, but the understanding stops there. Continue reading And the Bib goes On

The Magical San-San Tour

Dave Camire

Dave Camire

by Dave Camire

San Antonio, TX – One of the goals we have at Yankee Timing is to keep up-to-date on the latest technologies and trends in the timing and events industry.  January and February is a great time for us to attend industry conferences because this is our slow season.  There are very few road races in New England and other events like triathlons and MOB events (mud, obstacles, and beer) do not happen in the dead of winter. Continue reading The Magical San-San Tour

The timing company screwed up!

by Dave Camire

Dave Camire

Dave Camire

The dreaded email usually begins with “I am so disappointed my time is not listed.” Followed by, “I don’t understand why this happened?”

The logical conclusion is to blame the timing company for giving out a defective timing chip.  However before you start flaming them on every available social media outlet or jump off a bridge over your disappointment, please take into consideration that there are factors involved that are out of their control.

Perhaps a better understanding of how things work, or don’t work, can bring this into focus. Below are five of the most common reasons for someone being missed in the finish results. Continue reading The timing company screwed up!

Make Sharp Choices with Your Pins

steve_molandby Steve Moland

The method used for distributing safety pins at an event may seem trivial, but it can have a major impact on people flow. And as we all know the smoother you move bodies the more efficient your event will be. Rule number one is not to  put the boxes of pins on the tables where folks pick up numbers, shirts or do race day entry. It’s simple, put them over on some other table and let folks waste time there as they diddle and fiddle counting out pins. They are runners, they can walk somewhere else as part of the process. You don’t have give them cradle to grave service for all things at one single place. That method is time-line poison for having late starts.

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Designing a Usable Entry Form

djc_bwBy Dave Camire

One area often over looked when designing an effective race application is the entry form. This is the portion of the application that the race entrant fills in with their personal data. This information is then entered into a computer for results processing. If done correctly, results processing and after race follow-up is a much easier task.

Avoid straight lines – Try to avoid using straight lines for critical information. Lines allow for too much creativity. Lines (or fill in the blank) allow users to write in cursive. This can be difficult to read depending on the legibility of the handwriting so printing is preferable. This is especially true during race day registration when an entrant in nervous or hurried and will scribble information. Instead use blocks (see sample entry form). This way you force the entrant to print, thus saving valuable time during data entry and reducing the need for name spelling corrections after the race is over. Also make sure the blocks are large enough to write in. Small blocks will defeat the purpose of trying to keep the information legible. Continue reading Designing a Usable Entry Form