While Contract Timers in the southern hemisphere are kept busy over the summer months it can be a different story in the northern hemisphere with limited events being held due to cold weather conditions. This is not the case for Sportsoft who keep busy during the winter months with cross country ski races. The Ultra system can handle the below freezing conditions and the overhead patch antennas are prefect for ski races as there are no mats to cross or hassle removing snow from the antenna mats.
Conditions were predictably hot for the another debut Challenge event at Camsur, Philippines. The long course event was raced over a half ironman distance and was won by Aussie Brad Kahlefeldt and Simone Braedli of Switzerland. The event was timed using Ultra and Hutags with Racetec mobile live results. The water ski park at Camsur is ideal for running triathlons and the post race party is also legendary.
Over 2000 women took part in the 2015 Nike Womens Race in Istanbul on the 6th of June. The event is the second major Nike event to be run in Istanbul in a year and was timed by local timer Plus Timing using Ultra and special tags developed by Tadbik. Nike is a fan of the shoe tag so Tadbik designed a new tag that would work perfectly without costing a fortune. The result was excellent read rates and a professional customised and branded tag for the event. To read more about the new tag and event click here.
State -of -the -art chip timing has finally come to South Africa’s premier canoe marathon – The Dusi Marathon. Timing of the event was achieved using Ultra and a new flip tag developed by Tadbik Industries specifically for this type of event. Craig Eldridge from FinishTime was impressed with the performance of the tag and side antennas. See the full wrap on RFID Journal.
RFID Race Timing Systems were used at two Challenge events in the month of February. First up was Challenge Melbourne which saw over 1400 compete in atrocious weather conditions. Despite the wind and rain the athletes all enjoyed the scenic course on Port Philip Bay and the finishers towels were very welcome on the finish line. The event was managed by SuperSprint and timed by Tomato Timing using Ultra systems and Hutags.
Leon Griffin, Nic Kastledien and Robbo say cheers to Challenge Melbourne
Later in February one of the hottest events on the Challenge Family series took place in Subic Bay (Philippines) and was again timed by RFID Race Timing Systems using Ultra. The timing service at Challenge Philippines boasted more timed splits than previous years and a new live results application that anyone could track using their smartphones. The combination of Ultra, Hutag with OutReach software is proving to be the new benchmark in multipsort timing and well in the race against the older and much more expensive active transponder systems used in Ironman.
Ultra was again in action this time in the hot and steamy conditions of Jakarta on October 26. Over 10,000 runners took part in 4 different events culminating in the marathon. The race timed by IndoRace based in Jakarta was won by Julius Seurei and Nyansikera Winfrida both of Kenya. The popularity of running events in Indonesia is on the rise following much the the same phenomenon in Singapore, Malaysia and The Philippines.
Tilahun Regassa won the 2014 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven in 2:06:21 on 11 October. The womens event was won by Iwona Lewandowska in 2:28:33. Over 20,000 competed in the event held in the picturesque dutch town of Eindhoven. The event was timed by MySports who are the leaders in event timing and videography in Holland. They used over twenty Ultra8 systems to provide live race results and a comprensive video montage of each athlete in HD quality at many points along the course. Our new Ultra mats also debuted at the finish line this year.
FinnTriathlon organised the largest and oldest triathlon in Joroinen (Finland) last weekend timed with a brand new RFID Race Timing System. The 3 day long weekend boasts short course and support events before Sunday’s long course event. When Finntriathlon did their homework on a suitable system to do their timing ‘in-house’, they came to the conclusion that Ultra was superior to the other systems out there. In the space of only 6 weeks the FinnTriathlon team were able to develop the skills to time an event of over 1200 triathletes with 8 splits and live results all day. This is testament to the ease of setup and reliability of industrial grade equipment and software that has many years of development, and international events behind it.
Winner Darby Thomas crosses the Ultra timing mats at Joroinen 2014
Records were broken at this years HBF Run for a Reason with over 30,000 runners taking part in either the 4 or 12km runs. The event was timed by blueChip Timing in damp conditions using over 20 Ultra8 systems covering a whopping 20m on the finish line. An added feature of this years race was the ability for runners to pass through a results kiosk and their tag was automatically scanned and results instantly displayed on LED TV screens.
Ultra again providing dependable technology to the worlds iconic eventsThe 2014 Nykredit Copenhagen Marathon was once again timed with Ultra Systems by our largest customer, Ultimate Timing of Denmark. There were more splits along the course and a shiny new app to download that had features that rivaled any other live timing platform in the market today. The app allowed individual runners to be tracked on the race course as if they were wearing a mobile GPS tracker. The live feed of splits were also beautifully displayed on a easy to use grid. To see for yourself download the app from iTunes or go to the NCM website. Ultimate CEO Morten Toft reported that the read rates of the tags using Ultra were almost too good to be true at pretty much 100% along the 5km split points, start and finish lines. This has reinforced their decision to invest heavily in RFID Race Timing’s technology for the coming years.