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IPICO Timer of the Month: Craig Wilson, Red Cap Timing
Craig Wilson wasn’t always a timer. In fact, he got his start in timing by simply volunteering. For almost 30 years, Craig was an environmental scientist for the state of California where he proposed water quality standards and managed the state’s water quality monitoring program. In 2004, when his son was on the high school track team, he volunteered to learn how the school’s timing equipment worked. His first two races were timed with FinishLynx. From there, he was hooked. Three years later he created Red Cap Timing, and he’s since created a web app called TimerHub. We recently talked to Craig about Red Cap Timing, his IPICO set up and how to communicate with race directors, coaches and spectators. Tell [ ... read more ]
IPICO Timer of the Month: Ken Racine, Racine MultiSports
Ken Racine started his endurance career in the 1980s, spending five years participating in triathlons. After taking time off to focus on his family and career, he returned at age 39 and started competing again. That second wind helped him solidify his decision to become a race director, and in 2006 Racine MultiSports was formed. Today, the company owns and operates 17 events, which includes timing with IPICO equipment. We recently caught up with Ken and talked about how he got into timing, his IPICO setup and advice on how to enter the timing field. Tell us a little about Racine Timing and how it came out of Racine MultiSports. After hiring timing companies for the first two years of operation, I decided to [ ... read more ]
A Race Timer’s Guide to Planning a 5K
      Planning a 5K event is no easy feat, even for an experienced race timer. An endurance event is full of nitty-gritty details that requires a hands-on team to get it all done. And for those of us in the finish line community used to taking charge of just one area of the race process, it requires a bit of mental and logistical preparing.     If you’re looking to start your own endurance events or add race directing services to your timing business, here’s an easy primer to organizing your first 5K, from start to finish. Our guide to planning a 5K race  provides actionable tips and tricks to help timing managers and endurance event organizers make sound business decisions, [ ... read more ]
SUPPORT PORTAL ENHANCEMENTS FOR IPICO TIMERS
          Working to continually provide valuable support solutions, ACTIVE | IPICO is building upon an existing team of stellar support experts to deliver expanded support tools for IPICO timers.    Enhanced support includes: Knowledge Base: Tap into a continuously growing library of quick-reference articles to answer questions anytime, anywhere. Case Management: Submit, view and manage service requests through one intuitive interface. Collaborative Forum: Ask and answer questions from other IPICO timers.   Knowledge Base Earlier this year, we launched a public knowledge base on our support homepage that provides IPICO timers with self-help guides [ ... read more ]
2015 Tokyo Marathon – A perfect day
99.99% read rates in Tokyo Marathon Motohiko Kato, Head Timer for RECS, pictured the day after the Tokyo Marathon 2015, has something to smile about. At the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, they received 99.99% read rates, the BEST EVER at a major mass participation event. The 2015 Tokyo Marathon took place on February 22nd and had 35897 starters and 34,528 finishers with 14 read point out on the course. Read the race report here. http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/2015-tokyo-marathon-report And if that wasn't enough...On the same day RECS timed an additional ten races with an additional 50,000+ runners, 200 staff working that day, and over 100 elite systems deployed! Amazing! [ ... read more ]
BUPA Great North Run 2014
HS Sports timed the BUPA GREAT NORTH RUN with a 57,000 strong field on Sunday, September 7th using IPICO Sports equipment. The 2014 staging of the world's biggest half marathon was guaranteed to be a momentous occasion, with the tally of runners who have crossed the finish line at South Shields in the 33 year history of the event set to break the one million mark Race Report http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/athletics/29074934 MARY KEITANY WINS AND BREAKS THE COURSE RECORD Mary Keitany (Kenya), the 2012 London Marathon champion who has returned from time off to have a baby, was well clear of the rest of the field and her time of 65 minutes and 39 seconds beat Paula Radcliffe's mark set in 2003 by one second. [ ... read more ]
USA Pro Challenge Stage Race
Photo: © Jonathan Devich Colorado, August 2014; The final stage of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge, which played out in front of a beautiful Colorado backdrop, took the riders from the cycling town of Boulder, over Lookout Mountain and through Golden on the way to the finish in Downtown Denver where Tejay van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team took the overall win for the second year in a row. Alex Howes (USA) of Team Garmin-Sharp, who has had an impressive performance in America’s biggest stage race, sprinted to the line to take the final stage win with the roar of huge crowds driving him to the finish. “This is a race that I think has firm footing in the eyes of the world with it broadcasted in so many different [ ... read more ]
IPICO Sports Cycling
EXPAND YOUR TIMING BUSINESS by Gemini Timing We have owned Gemini Timing for three years. During these three years we have been perfectly content with timing 5K’s, 10K’s, Mud Runs, Half Marathons, Marathons, Triathlons, if you can run it, we can time it.  A client of ours who is the race director for a 4th of July race approached us in March 2014 and asked if we had the capability of timing bike races.  We didn’t yet but having just attended the Ipico Conference that January we knew that there was equipment available to us that could make this possible.  So after a little research we were the proud owners of several sets of bike antennas and power tags capable of safely timing bikes whipping over a finish [ ... read more ]
Event Spotlight – 2014 Gran Premio TERNUA 14K
With the slogan “Over the snow and under the stars” a few hundred daring runners gathered January 18, 2014 at the Spanish ski station of Sierra Nevada to participate in the 2014 Gran Premio TERNUA 14K Snow Running. Unfortunately as the 6:30pm race start time was approaching a big snow storm came down with over 35 MPH (60kmh) winds, temperatures as low as 10°F (-12°C) and little to no visibility.     IPICO Sports timer David Morales Santiago of Granada’s GLOBAL-TEMPO task to time such event shared with us an amazing race video along with the message “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”. A must see video: http://vimeo.com/85429604 [ ... read more ]
IPICO Sports Announces Update to Elite Reader Delta Software
IPICO Sports is pleased to announce the release of its latest software update for the Elite reader, version 2.5.1.0.  This update improves time synchronization among multiple readers, improves the time synchronization when using Dashboard, adds the option to add sequence numbers to the First Seen Last Seen output and many other improvements and fixes.  This update is recommended for all Elite readers. The update is packaged with an update to the IPICO Sports Dashboard Reader management software.  The download and installation of the new Delta update is accomplished through the use of the Dashboard application.  Instructions to perform the update with Dashboard is available at the following location: Elite Reader [ ... read more ]
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