When you receive your pack in the mail or pick it up on race day, you’ll find your race number with a timing tag attached. It’s important to take care of these two items – they are vital for your participation in the event.

Read on for more information on your race number and timing tag.

Race Number

It is essential that you wear your race number throughout the event. Your race number should be worn on the front of your top, using a safety pin to secure it in each corner. If you don’t have any safety pins, come and see us at the registration desk on race morning and we’ll fix you up.

Pimp Your Bib

When you register, you can choose to have a nickname or other message on your race number, instead of your first name. Just look for the “nickname” question when entering. There is limited space on the bib and we want your nickname to be big and easy to read, so this field is limited to a maximum of 20 characters. Some participants prefer to keep things on the down-low. If you’d rather that your name was not printed on your race number at all, just put a full stop into the nickname field and we’ll use that as our signal to leave the space empty.

Due to the lead time required to print and prepare the race numbers, if you enter in the final week prior to the event it is unlikely you will have a name or nickname printed on your race number. Feel free to get the sharpie out and get busy with your best artwork.

It’s also important to remember that if your entry was transferred from another person, it’s possible that the race number was printed with their name on it. In these cases, you can either go with the flow, or put some tape over the name to cover it up. Either way, the race results will correctly show your name, even if your bib does not.

Timing Tag

Your timing tag is used to calculate your time and place for the race results. When you receive your race bib, your disposable timing tag will be attached to the back. Leave your tag on the back of your bib during the entire race. We will place timing mats at the start line and finish line of your event which will read the exact time that your timing tag passes across these points. From this, we can calculate:

  • your gun time – the time taken between the starting hooter firing and the time you cross the finish line
  • your net time – the time taken between you crossing the start line and the crossing the finish line.

We use gun time for our top 3 merit awards in each race because we believe that an athletic competition is a head-to-head contest and the person who crosses the line should be declared the winner. However, we also understand that the vast majority of participants will take some to cross the start line and the time that matters to them is their net time. For this reason, the official results we publish on the event web site will show and be ordered by net time.

Running Events use the timing services of our sister company, Timing Sports – one of the largest and most experienced race timing providers in the world. With Timing Sports, you are in good hands.

Wearing Your Tag
You must leave your timing tag on the back of your bib, in the same place as it will be when you receive your race number. Wear the race number and timing tag on your abdomen throughout the race for an accurate time. Once the event is over, you don’t need to hand your tag back in! These timing tags are disposable so you can add them to the bin or even hold onto it as a keepsake.

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