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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 ]
Brighton Marathon timing with 13,000 finishers
At ACTIVE Network, we love to see innovative and unique ways that our customers are using our technology. On April 18, Brighton Marathon & BM10K partnered with ACTIVE to utilize the full suite of event management lifecycle solutions. Brighton incorporated our IPICO dual frequency RFID system with ACTIVE Timing and ACTIVE Results to accurately and precisely track and time almost 13,000 finishers, resulting in nearly 154,000 separate splits recorded.  As the world grows increasingly mobile-first oriented, race directors are looking to incorporate mobile technology into their race-day experience. In a groundbreaking event, the organizer and timer were able to quickly configure timing equipment with a user-friendly [ ... 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 ]
Introducing the TUHF System
From all the glitz and glamour of the IPICO Users Summit in Las Vegas, there’s one thing that stands out among the rest: the introduction of our brand new TUHF System. The TUHF System marks ACTIVE Network | IPICO’s introduction to the UHF market and is planned to launch in Q2 2016. While many IPICO timers rely on our Dual Frequency hardware, we’ve noticed an emerging trend of timers looking for a lower-cost, disposable timing solution. Keeping an eye on these needs, the ACTIVE Network | IPICO team created UHF hardware that compliments the existing – and evolving – portfolio of Dual Frequency hardware. Built for road races and those looking to enter the UHF timing market, the TUHF System features two [ ... 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 ]
A TEXAS TIMER’S LONDON MARATHON EXPERIENCE
                  Who is Kirsten Lancaster? A petite IPICO Timer from Belton, Texas, Kirsten Lancaster slings mats and barricades with the strongest of men.  Despite women being a minority in the timing industry, she has no problem easily proving she’s “one of the guys” when it comes to timing operations and tech-savviness. While at Texas A&M University, Kirsten was on the cycling team and enjoyed the camaraderie that comes with endurance sports.  She looked forward to daily rides and weekends racing with her team, and bonding while strategizing how they would beat their big rivals. “I swim, I run, I used to be into triathlons, [ ... read more ]
EVENT TIMING SPOTLIGHT: IRONMAN BRAZIL
  *Photo Credit: World Triathlon Corporation                       A Championship Event IRONMAN Brazil will host the 2015 IRONMAN Latin American Championship in Florianopolis on May 31.  With 2,000 registered participants from 36 countries, this 140.6 mile event “offers a scenic course and sparkling beaches, which have been attracting athletes from all over the world for over 15 years,” quotes IRONMAN organizers.  Brazil is now host to four IRONMAN events each year.    LATIN SPORTS Ironclad Timing Based out of Sao Paulo, Carlos Galvao’s LATIN SPORTS will be timing IRONMAN Brazil for the fifth [ ... read more ]
So, just how many runners are timed?
  Running event participation continues to increase year after year, which is no surprise to the timing industry.  More runners easily mean more events to time, and more athletes to time within these events. What is new, however, is the explosion of runners in non-traditional events (also known as experiential events or mob events), such as color-infused runs, glow-in-the-dark events and obstacle races. These events do not typically require a timer to track the whereabouts of runners along the course or carefully monitor the finish times of elites. Running USA reports that in 2013 there were over 19 million finishers in timed running events throughout the US.  They estimated 4 million participants in [ ... read more ]
Made for Mud Runs
  Most timers would be concerned about read rates if their course looked like this -                         Why? Because mud and water do not mean ‘accurate results’ for most timing systems. However, if you use ACTIVE | IPICO mats and shoe tags, mud runs can still yield highly accurate race results.   Why ACTIVE | IPICO equipment is ideal for mud runs: Our dual-frequency technology Is unique to IPICO and we put a lot of R&D into its development and hold many patents Reads through mud, water and the human body and gives accurate read rates Produces 99.99 % accuracy in large-scale events [ ... read more ]
Souvenir Shoe Tags given to 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon Runners
    The Virgin Money London Marathon upped the ante for runners by providing them with a commemorative shoe tag on the 35th anniversary of the race.       The Souvenir Tag The shoe tag celebrates the marathon with a photo from the inaugural race back in 1981, when the first marathon winners Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen crossed the finish line together. After contending a close race for more than 26 miles, the two winners quickly chose to cross the finish line together and win the race hand-in-hand. This moment was especially moving for both elites, as neither had yet won a marathon during their career. This special moment was printed on the timing chips that were [ ... read more ]
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