Timing a race and posting results

Well good Spring afternoon readers!

Let me pose a question to the runners in the crowd: How do you like to receive your race results?  Seriously, think about that a moment.  Race timers are always thinking about the best ways to time a race, keeping costs low and accuracy high.  But what about you, the runner?  Besides accurate results and a great overall race, how do you prefer to receive your race results?

Here are some options:

  1. Watch the overhead clock as you run by the finish line
  2. Look at printed reports posted on a nearby telephone pole
  3. Look at a computer-based kiosk
  4. Receive stickers with personalized race results
  5. Receive a text message on your mobile device
  6. Wait until you get home to look at a website

I’m interested in knowing because let’s face it, your results are important to you (at least the competitive runner!) and getting them shouldn’t be a grueling experience for you.  But the best way?  I’m simply not sure.  Personally, I’d love to send a text message to you.  I could easily communicate your gun finish and chip finish time, and even your rank overall and within age bracket.  But I only see a small percentage of runners crossing the finish line with their phones.  A growing percentage, yes, but is it really a viable option?  And I’d have to collect your phone number during registration, of course.

So let me know.  Feel free to use the blog post ‘comment’ feature to provide feedback.

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