Monthly Archives: July 2014

Timing a race certainly has its advantages!

Today I had the fortunate experience of helping the owner of a chip timing company time a race in the remote wilderness.  Well, not all that remote I suppose.  After all, I’m sitting here on a laptop with Internet connectivity writing this post!

But I am about an hour away from civilization, amongst only the cool mountain breeze, a few (but surprisingly cooperative) insects, and acres and acres of high-altitude mountaintop scenery. What can be better than this?

Though I must admit my mind has been far from the technical details of race timing software, it has occasionally pondered the necessity of software that must be reliable, accurate, and able to run all day.  Literally!  I’ve been here for eleven hours (it’s a 100-mile mountain bike race) with about two more to go.

Back to work, readers, I hope you’re having as fun of a day as I am, even if you can’t enjoy the mountains quite like this!  (It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.)

 

Successful Race Timing, Successful Events…

Readers, do you know what makes for a successful event?  It’s the people!  I had the pleasure of providing services to a race this morning in a small Montana town; the people made it successful.

Arriving at 4:30am and finding volunteers who arrived early (as if 4:30am isn’t early enough already!) and anxious to work is so incredibly nice.  And not only that, they were hard-working, smart-working, and anxious to do whatever it took to help make the event successful.  And though it wasn’t a very large event, it was indeed successful: fun, enjoyable for the participants, enjoyable for the workers, accurate timing, smooth registration, great weather… I could go on, but you get the point!

As I think about race timing software, how to time a race, and the many things which make Good Times Software successful, I must not forget that it’s the people that make the events successful!

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Race Timing Software, Timing a Race, and: Kiosk Heaven!

Readers, a ton of work has been put in to adding two new Kiosk Screens that were released as part of Good Times v3.5.2 last night.

First, an Events Results kiosk screen which shows either Overall or Age Group / Gender results for a selected event.  On-screen controls allow kiosk visitors to select the event, what view they wish to see, and whether they want to see results displayed by Gun Time or by Chip Time.  The other is a Personalized Results kiosk screen which shows individual results (gun time, chip time, placement overall, placement by gender, etc.) whenever the kiosk visitor enters their bib number.  Additionally, the Personalized Results kiosk can be configured to send those results to a label printer that can instantaneously generate a sticker for the runner.

Other things in 3.5.2…. a “custom output designer,” an advanced feature that allows an HTML report to be customized with Good Times output and then transferred to an FTP server; pace calculations; and an unlimited number of Age Brackets.  Other minor enhancements were made as well, and current customers will receive a copy of the Release Notes that go into more detail.

On a completely unrelated topic, I had to go by an additional flat screen monitor this week.  Craigslist is often a good choice, and I’ve spent (and made) lots of money over the years with them.  But for the first time, I actually received a nicely written “receipt” for my $79 purchase.  Here is the picture:

Craigslist Receipt

Craigslist Receipt

Pretty cool, ‘eh?  At first I thought it was a little strange, but then an admiration of the fellow grew within me, knowing that he probably runs a pretty tight ship in other areas of his life.  Granted, the admiration wasn’t enough to motivate me to start providing receipts like this, but nonetheless I ended up being impressed!

Gotta run… helping out this weekend at what was voted the Best Overall Marathon of 2010 by Runner’s World Magazine!

Visit our FREE Trial Download page to get a copy of Good Times Version 3.5.2, and check out our YouTube Channel for how-to videos.

Timing A Race: When does “technical” become “too technical”?

Well that’s certainly a great question!  If you’re an event director, or involved in timing races or handling some elements of race registration, then you already know things can get a little “dicey” at times!  For instance… grabbing a few thousand rows of raw data from an online registration site and trying to manipulate it, upload it somewhere, etc.

It’s inevitable readers, timing a race (unless you do it by hand the old-fashioned way!) requires just a bit of technology savvy.  Not an enormous amount, but some… so can you use Windows?  Can you use tools like Microsoft Excel, or a file editor like Notepad?  Are you comfortable adding a computer to a wireless network?  You’ll be fine!!

And if you’re concerned, you can always give us a call.  In fact, our Premier Support customers have 24×7 access to telephone support, which is very helpful on race day.  If you haven’t checked out our YouTube Channel, take a look.  Another video was added today, too.  It’s a great resource for Good Times Software how-to videos.

I hope you all had a terrific Independence Day!