Approximately 11,500 people took part in a Run Geelong on November 20. A charity event, Run Geelong included runs of 6km and 12km to support the Geelong Hospital children’s ward. Raising an impressive sum of over $475,000 AUD, the event had 9,100 finishers whose times were all captured without exception by Tomato Timing using the ULTRA System. CEO Andrew Peterson was on course to see first-hand the smooth running of the event and the successful capture of race times.
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On November 20, over 3,000 cyclists donned their helmets and pedalled in support of three different charities in the Santos Great Bike Ride for Charity. The Great Bike Ride, established in 2004 and taking place a stone’s throw from RFID Timing headquarters, is one of Perth’s most popular cycling events. Participants of the 10km, 53km, and 106km rides raised significant and vital funds for the Horizon House, Hope for Children and the Heart Foundation. One of the largest bike events ever to use a UHF system, the Great Bike Ride was reliably timed by Blue Chip Timing with the ULTRA System.
More on the Great Bike Ride here
From the day we produced our first ULTRA we have been acutely aware of the requirement for a UHF multisport tag. This is because events like triathlon that must use a transponder attached to the ankle because a shoe cannot be worn for all disciplines and often a wetsuit is worn right up to the transition between swim and cycle. The problem with passive UHF tags is that water is a major barrier to good read performance. This occurs either due to the tag’s close proximity to the skin or having a wetsuit dripping in salt water wrapped around the transponder. Most attempts at a solution in the past have seen chunky plastic clips used to hold the tag off the skin but this is cumbersome and not effective for wetsuit swims.
RFID Race Timing Systems in conjunction with our agents in USA and Europe have been testing a new special Gen 2 UHF tag with amazing results in triathlon. The tag has been tested and modified by RFID Race Timing Systems to maximize read performance when worn on the ankle. These tags are reliably read using only two antenna ports connected to two side flank antennas either side of a timing point that can be up to 6m wide. The new tag will be officially unveiled in January 2012 at the RFID Race Timing System conference in Florida. Attendees at the European Conference held at Stansted UK were also given a sneak preview of the new multisport tag we call UltraTag.
On the heels of the successful Users Conference for our European timers in September, we are pleased to announce that the 2012 RFID Race Timing Conference for our partners in the Americas will take place in beautiful Deerfield Beach, Florida on January 26 – 28, 2012. We are also thrilled to extend complimentary registration to those who respond by December 26, 2011. The conference will include a meet and greet cocktail party on January 26 in the evening and informative seminar sessions – including the launch of our new multisport UHF tag as well as other product demonstrations — on Friday, January 27 and 28.
For more information and to register, please click here
RFID Race Timing helped make history when it had the honor of being selected as the first RFID system used to time all participants in an Ethiopian event. On September 19, the first race of the 2011 Coca-Cola Road Race Series – a 7K run – took place in Addis Ababa with more than 3,000 participants. The ULTRA system was used by the Great Ethopian Run who was proud to have results posted for all runners online within two hours of the event’s completion.
More information on the event may be found here.
On September 17 and 18, over 60,000 spectators cheered on the 5,600 competitors lining up in various races comprising the 24th Triathlon Audencia La Baule. The event, which included nine races geared for any age and athletic level took place in picturesque La Baule, France, northwest of Nantes. The triathlon was timed by RFID Race Timing distributor, Ipitos, with the HDD System.
For more information, visit the event website.
Some 1,000 participants gathered on a misty September 19 morning for the inaugural Challenge Henley ironman triathlon. Taking place on the River Thames, through the scenic Chiltern Hills, and nearby villages, the event included a 3.8K (2.4 mile) swim, 180K (111.8 mile) bike race, and 42.2K (26.2 mile) run. Challenge Henley-on-Thames is part of the Challenge Family global series of long distance triathlons featuring 13 races over three continents. The race was timed by our UK / Ireland distributor, StuWeb Timing Solutions, using the HDD System.
More on the triathlon can be found here.
BBC coverage of the event is here.
Considered to be the ‘blue ribbon’ marathon event in Ireland, the Dublin Marathon took place October 31, with record numbers as 14 000 runners, joggers, and fun-seekers poured onto the streets of Ireland’s capital. The event has grown in popularity over the years and is internationally known as the Friendly Marathon due to the amicable atmosphere shared by the thousands of spectators. Timing Data Service effectively managed the increased number of competitors delivering accurate and timely results thanks to the reliable ULTRA system.
For more information visit the race website.
An estimated 25,000 runners and spectators came out for the fourth annual Fort4Fitness event which took place on September 24 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A total of 8,600 participants registered for the Half Marathon, 10K, and 4 Mile Run/Walk making it the largest Fort4Fitness to date. End Result LLC used the ULTRA System combined with disposable tags to time the race.
More information on the race is here.
Local news coverage of the events is here.