Stickers. Yes, the joyful little things from childhood… in fact, I was just telling someone the other day that I think it was around the age of 10 that I stopped liking stickers. Maybe that’s typical for people: you like stickers as a kid, and then they sort of lose their appeal.
Within the last two months, I’ve seen no less than 3,000 fully grown and mature adults clammering around in huge lines to get stickers. Yes, stickers! Seems like all the craze up here in my neck of the woods is to get your own little sticker with personalized race results right after you cross the finish line and head over to the timing company’s results kiosk.
What is the big deal about the race results sticker? I’m not quite sure I’ve figured it out yet, readers. But I’ve jumped on the bandwagon, and soon we’ll be releasing another version of Good Times Software that supports a multi-computer Results Kiosk, complete with support of… wait for it… stickers!
The idea is simple: runners finish their race, and walk over to the results kiosk. They enter their bib number on the USB number keypad, and a sticker with their personalized results prints immediately before their very eyes. The sticker has a logo (an option), plus all of the stats for the participant: gun or chip finish times, paces, current overall placement, etc.
One last thought… those 3,000+ adults asking for stickers at some of these races I’ve attended were extraordinarily environmentally friendly! I didn’t see one sticker lying on the ground. What was the destiny of said sticker then? You be the judge: a refrigerator door? the trash?