Timing Chips and Bib Numbers
Challenge Columbus 5k will be timed using the IPICO chip timing system. When you check-in (at pre-race packet pickup or on race day), you will receive a white envelope. If you pre-registered, the envelope will have your name on it. Inside the envelope, will be your bib number, timing chip and two twist ties. You will need to use the twist ties to attach the timing chip to one of your shoes (see photo sequence below). It’s also important that the correct chip goes to the correct runner/walker. The timing chips are reusable. We will be collecting them at the end of the race. Wear your bib number of the front and outside of your shirt. The timers need to see your number as you cross the finish line.
- Please DO NOT attach the chip to your shoe with your shoe laces as this can break the chip and cause you to not receive a time.
- Please DO NOT wear your chip on your bib number, place it in your pocket or leave it in your car. You will only receive a time if the chip is secured on your shoe.
This event will be chip timed. Two times will be provided in the results: a “Chip Time” and a “Gun Time”. Chip Time is your actual time, starting when you cross the mat at the start and ending when you cross the mat at the finish. Gun Time is calculated when the horn/gun sounds at the start of the race and ends when you cross the finish mat. We will be using this time to score and assign your finish positioin. If you want to be considered for any awards, you should position yourself as close to the front of the starting group as possible. This complies with:
- USATF Rule 245.1: “The order in which the athletes cross the finish line will be the official finish position.”
- USATF Rule 245.3: regarding transponder timing – “The actual time elapsed between an athlete reaching the starting time and finish line can be made known to the athlete, but will not be considered as official time. In short, official time per USATF rule is gun time.”