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17 Tips to Make 2017 a Success: A Short Guide for Timers
Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again, where we work on resolutions both personally and professionally. To ensure you have a successful 2017, here are 17 quick tips about business and life to get you started. 1.       Develop a business plan As a business owner, you know where you want to be at the end of the year. January is a great time to sit down and plan how you will reach that vision. If you don’t already have a current business plan for the next few years, do some research and talk to the experts to make sure your business stays on the right path. 2.       Re-evaluate contract agreements Did you have something happen in 2016 and found out you weren’t covered? Either way, [ ... read more ]
Timer of the Month: Steve Reed at Reed Results
Our Timer of the Month is Steve Reed at Reed Results. Steve's ACTIVE Network Account Manager, Jordon Richards, recommended him for the Timer of the Month because of his amazing work at the U.S. Open Tri in Rockwall, Texas, where our employees were participating in our annual charity challenge run benefitting Kids in the Game. For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you may remember Steve’s sweet tent setup at that race. Q: Tell us a little about Reed Results. A: We are a small timing operation located in central Indiana, but have had the opportunity to time events in several states. Like a lot of timers, we got our start volunteering at races. As time progressed, our role expanded to include more timing-related [ ... read more ]
Introducing Brian Newsom, Our Newest Team Member
We’re so excited for you to meet Brian. As you’ll see, he’s going to fit right in around here. Though he earned a degree in Business Administration at The University of Texas at Arlington, focusing on Finance, and started his career in mortgage and commercial real estate, Brian, a lifelong athlete, found his calling in the endurance space in 2010. From his experience as a race director for Racing Systems and The Original Mud Run (where he gained experience with IPICO Race Timing Systems), he has been in the trenches and “making the doughnuts” at 4am on race days. Wearing many hats—such as business development, marketing, live TV spots, emcee, volunteer coordinator and festival designer, just to name [ ... read more ]
New Updates to ACTIVE Timing (and a webinar)
New Updates to ACTIVE Timing (and a webinar) ACTIVE Timing V1.7.6 now brings you even quicker race timing setup and a powerful result calculation system for triathlon events! In this release, ACTIVE Timing has been completely redesigned for timers to manage readers, race layout, and results, and monitor participants during the race. Our updates include: New reader management page Manage and review all your readers collectively from the convenience of one screen. Also. with V1.7.6, you can provide independent decoding function for Lite, Elite, or Super Elite readers. Visual and usability enhancements to race layout configuration- Support multisport event timing: swimming, cycling, and running.   Group [ ... read more ]
How One Race Grew to over 20,000 registrations and became an influencer
In case you missed the article in Endurance Sportswire this morning, Nicolas Stevens, our Senior Product Manager offered some awesome insight into how races become influencers. Below is a quick preview, for the full article visit Endurance Sportswire Take a look at the races and brands that inspire you, whether on social media, blogs, forums or simply industry chatter. What is it about these races and brands that has you paying such close attention? They are influencers. An influencer is a brand or a race making waves through innovation and proven results in their industry. You can tell which brands are influencers by the size of their following. What is their rate of recurring registrations? Do they have a [ ... read more ]
Brighton Marathon Weekend: A Timer’s Dream
It's always exciting when you get to experiment with new racing technologies and test just how far your equipment can go. For many timers, it's this love of technology and sports that drives them to become a race timer in the first place. Earlier this year when ACTIVE was given the opportunity to work with the Brighton Marathon weekend and HS Sport, we jumped at the opportunity to see just how far this collaboration could push the technology, and we were not disappointed. As the second largest marathon in the UK, behind the world-renowned London Marathon,  Brighton Marathon Weekend organizers are laser-focused on innovation and enhancing the event experience. In the past, it was a challenge to successfully convince [ ... read more ]
Timer of the Month: Eliecer Adames with Timing Co.
This month we sat down to talk with Eliecer Adames from Timing Co. in the Dominican Republic to learn more about what gets him up in the morning and how his IPICO hardware has helped to build his business.   Tell us a little about your favorite event that you put on? Last year was a big growth year for us, we were given the opportunity to time a 10k race with over 3,500 participants. We were so honored because it was the biggest race in the country! We were excited to be trusted with this challenge; but at the same time, this was our biggest race yet and we were frightened by the task of setting up readers for such a large amount of runners. The IPICO team was invaluable, they gave great and timely advice. [ ... read more ]
The Complete Timing Solution Race Timers Have Been Waiting For
Ease-of-use. Streamlined processes. Real-time reporting. These are key things that timers are looking for when they are evaluating different timing software options. ACTIVE Timing is the answer to your event timing needs. As a complimentary offering with IPICO hardware, ACTIVE Timing is built for activities both large and small. It acts as the primary scoring application, automatically highlighting discrepancies and detecting potential errors, it even integrates with ACTIVEWorks Endurance Registration—simplifying the process of uploading participant data for event organizers. Additionally, ACTIVE Timing offers expanded support for triathlon and lapped events, making it the complete solution event timers have been [ ... read more ]
UHF Best Practices
Frequency matters when it comes to timing. While the basic principles of race timing will stay the same, there are differences in how you prepare for a race with ACTIVE | IPICO Dual Frequency technology, and how you prepare for a race using UHF RFID race timing systems.   Whether you are a new race timer, or an old-timer timer, there are steps you can take to ensure the accuracy of your reads and refresh your memory. Based on successful events with our TUHF reader, we have compiled this list of Best Practices.  Preserve your investment and get tips on: Software specifically designed for UHF readers Common UHF mistakes and how to avoid them Assembly and transport of RFID tags and equipment to ensure [ ... read more ]
“What’s my time?” Chip vs Gun
Every four years, the world unites in a celebration of unity through diversity and a show of unprecedented athletic ability. In 2012, the games kicked off in a new way: with a starting pistol. As a race timer, the concept of a starting pistol is nothing new to you; after all, gun timing has been the standard for world record times for many years. However, with the development of RFID timing systems, timers typically set up a gun start as well as chip timing for ease of use and accuracy. To those just getting into timing, there are two types of timing commonly used in endurance events: Chip timing (which IPICO technology uses) and gun timing. It's important to understand the difference in the two because, depending [ ... read more ]
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