Race Scoring? Yes!

October 28, 2009

With each year comes new technology and this one is no exception. Here are some highlights from Race Scoring:

  • Athlete Alert – E-mail alerts sent to the subscriber’s address that enables family/friends to select up to four runners and receive updates on their progress from the course. Registration is now open at ingnycmarathon.org and will also be available at the Expo.
  • Race Day Tracker – web tracking program that enables family/friends to select up to five runners at ingnycmarathon.org and see their progress on the course with live updates of splits and an interactive map. Available on race day only; no pre-registration required.
  • ChronoTrack & D-Tag – all runners will be timed by the ChronoTrack System. This system utilizes a single-use RFID D-Tag that each runner must wear on their shoe. This disposable D-Tag needs to be attached correctly, so please go through the instructions that are included in your runner packet!
  • Additional Splits – we will be timing all runners at the start and finish, each 5km mark, half-marathon and new for this year, the last half-marathon of miles. This means that miles 14 & 15 have been added for this year.
  • Over one million times! – With the additional splits and an expected 42,000 starters, we will be providing each runner with 24 times; that means we will process over 1 million times on race day!
  • I’m very excited about the technology we are utilizing for this year’s race, which will be the largest marathon in history. Our goal in race scoring is, “Every runner, every time” and we are striving to achieve that.

    Tom Kelley
    Race Scoring

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    Carrera de Amore!

    November 5, 2008

    And now another action packed episode of “Carrera de Amore” (the Race of Love).  What the heck, I wonder who rented all these trucks (and there are more I can assure you of that)…

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    Ritz, Hall, and Sell

    November 1, 2008

    America’s 2008 Olympic marathon team at the expo on Friday.

    Find more photos from ING New York City Marathon race week right here.


    Race Scoring: Not as Simple as It Looks?

    October 30, 2008

    For race scoring, it’s all about technology. For Sunday’s race, we will be utilizing 56 ChampionChip systems at 28 locations on the course. One location presents a particular problem: the 25K mark on the Queensboro Bridge.

    The Queensboro Bridge is made mostly of iron. Transponder timing systems create magnetic fields that activate and detect each runner’s chip, but iron tends to dampen magnetic fields considerably. As a result, a standard setup at this location would not be able to create a magnetic field that is strong enough to read every runner’s chip.

    We work closely with ChampionChip, the manufacturer of our timing systems and chips and they have provided us with a very unique solution, compliments of Reinier Gerritsen, the engineer behind much of the current system:

    This is certainly the most complicated timing system that we will be using at the Marathon and might be the most complicated setup I’ve ever seen! In addition to the complex setup that is designed to optimize the magnetic field, the equipment will be specially pre-tuned to be more powerful and together, we should be able to read every runner’s chip at 25K.


    Reinier Gerritsen

    Reinier will be at 25K in person to help with this system, making the trip from Nijmegen, Netherlands, where ChampionChip has its headquarters. He almost wasn’t able to come, as he crashed on his mountain bike last week and broke several ribs. Our thanks go out to him for his dedication and all of his help! When you pass by 25K on the Queensboro Bridge, give a cheer to Reinier!


    Preparing to Land in NYC, Back from Rio

    October 14, 2008

    4:30 a.m.

    Let the marathon begin. I love marathon season and with fall travel now behind me and our team at NYRR, we are boots on the ground until race day.

    I bet it would surprise folks how much non-marathon-related business some of us continue to conduct even in the final weeks before the marathon. That said, there is a clarity of focus that we relish at this time of year. And as runners from around the world begin their taper down for the big day, we begin our ramp-up.

    Admittedly, I had to fight a desire to abort the trip to Rio and then the desire to flee home early. Sounds ridiculous, I am sure. How bad can Rio be? It’s not that, it’s just a particularly intense time of year, and it takes a level of strength and confidence to be away during this time.

    As I so often find, however, the trip was well worth it. At NYRR, our reasons for being are to get people of all ages and abilities moving to healthier and better lives and to build the sport of running. While our name may suggest a geographic boundary to our work, our efforts are not just local or national, but global, as one would expect from any truly New York City institution. I was in Brazil, on the occasion of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, for a meeting of the IAAF Road Running Commission. The IAAF is the international governing body of track and field. After decades of the explosion of road running and mass participation events happening in small towns and large cities outside the purview of national and international federations, there is a move toward more of us in the industry working together to take the sport to a new level. We gathered from around the world in such vein.

    As we prepare to land, I look forward to a walk to school with my family followed by a breakfast meeting with our marathon team leaders who are going strong. As we prep for the marathon, we’ll share our learnings from our weekends with a focus on those most relevant to the massive party we are hosting in just over two weeks time.

    Cheers, Mary


    Just Another Manic Monday

    October 13, 2008

    Mondays are always the most hectic day of the week this time of year because there’s so much going on that some of it gets lost over the weekend (even though everyone is usually working then too). It’s like an avalanche when you walk in the door. Emails, phone calls, meetings, projects you forgot even existed. 

    Everyone’s got their own coping mechanism for a Monday. I, for one, prefer to chew gum (it’s sugarless so don’t worry about my teeth). They’ve also given out stress balls recently. Others prefer to get wired. I just got out of a meeting with Graham the production dude; he was hoisting a giganto cup of Starbucks and trembling like a purse dog.

    So you see, we all find our ways to cope.

    After all, there’s a marathon to put on. And for me, there’s a lot of information still to deliver to the running masses. It’s on my list, I’m working on it, I swear…

    – Web Guy Ed