Timing multiple races (the kinds that usually occur on the same day, at the same venue, with different start times, but ultimately are all part of the larger “event”) is one area where I consistently see timing software handle it in different ways.
One approach is to have all individual races wrapped up under a single event. For example, consider an event, “Run With The Beatles” (guess readers know what I’m listening to right now) that actually has a kids 1-mile fun run, a timed 5k, 10k, and half-marathon. With all of those separate races wrapped up into one “event,” software that approaches it this way will usually have separate Divisions for each race.
The approach we take with Good Times is a little cleaner. Each individual race is what Good Times Software considers an “event.” That’s right, each race has its own Event Profile (options, timing system, rules, age brackets, etc.) and actually maintains a separate set of participants for each of those events.
You see, with this cleaner approach also comes a much more intuitive way to use the software and produce results for your participants. When information for multiple races is intertwined with each other and tied to a larger single “event,” managing all of the settings, rules, reports, participants, etc. can really become tricky. And why? The result ends up being the same! If I can do something with the same or less effort, in a much more organized way, and produce the same results then I’m going to do it!
And that’s exactly what we’ve done with Good Times. Not just with how we handle timing multiple races, but with everything we’ve built: the software has been built from the ground up to be intuitive and handle all of the complexities easily so you (the timer) do not have to worry about it. After all, all we want you to worry about is impressing your event directors and participants with timely, accurate results and a successful event!