The green Course Timeline shown below is a visual representation of your physical course. By default, the Course Timeline for each race has two Timing Points: Start and Finish. You may add up to 16 Timing Points to a Course. (More are possible, but page formatting becomes compromised)
Timing points represent the physical Start, Finish, and Split points of your actual course, and contain a variety of settings that determine how tag reads are scored.
Creating a New Timing Point and Interval
Step 1: Create a Timing Point
- Click Timing Point next to the Timing Device button. This will open the Create a Timing Point window.
- Assign a Timing Point Name. This name should represent the physical location of the timing line the point corresponds to.
- Choose a Time Selection Type. Options include First Read and Last Read. Selecting First Read means that the software will take the first tag observation as a given Athlete’s valid time. Selecting Last Read will assign the last tag observation. We always recommend you use First Read for any point except the Start.
- Define the Distance from Start for the point. You can specify distances in Kilometers, Miles, Meters, Yards, and Feet.
- Set a Minimum and Maximum Accepted Time. This function invalidates tag reads before the specified Minimum and after the specified maximum. Times are in HH:MM:SS format and can be set as Positive or Negative. Be very careful to allow enough time in the Maximum accepted time for even slow athletes to be able to get valid times at the point, unless the Max Accepted time is being used to enforce a time cutoff for the race.
- When you are finished with these settings, click Continue.
One step 2 of the process, you must add a corresponding Course type Interval for the Timing Point.
Course type Intervals are important because they are used to define results segments within the Course, determine pace information, enable Map Tracking for Points on the Course, and determine some aspects of how Online Results are shown, so each new point MUST have a Course type interval associated with it. Course type Intervals always begin at the Start Point and end at some other Point on the Course.
- Enter and Interval Name - this is the name that athletes will see in their results for their time at this point, so make sure the name is clear.
- Enter an Interval Race Type. This determines some visual elements within legacy results.
- Select a Pace Unit, then enter Default, Fast, and Slow Pace values. The Pace Unit will be used to determine how pace is calculated and shown in results. Pace information entered here will also be used to populate the Unrealistic Pace report which flags athletes whose pace is over the Fast Pace or under the Slow Pace.
- Click Complete & Save when you're done.
Once created, the new Timing Point will appear on the Course Timeline, and its corresponding Interval will also appear in the Intervals section. A Timing Point may be edited at any time by clicking on the corresponding “target” below the Timing Point name or by clicking on the arrow next to the Timing Point button and selecting the Point there.
Under each Timing Point is a small bar with a red indicator. This shows whether the Timing Point is set to accept First Read (red dot on the left) or Last Read (red dot on the right) and can be useful for quickly assessing whether points are configured correctly.
Intervals can also be edited at any time by clicking on the gray Interval bar or clicking the arrow on the right of the Interval button. If you delete a Timing Point, its corresponding Interval will also be deleted. If you delete an Interval, its associated Timing Point will also be deleted. This is not true of the Start and Finish Timing Points which cannot be deleted. If you have a lot of Timing Points and Intervals in the event, you can use the All/Course/Split buttons to filter the interval display by the different interval types. You can also click the arrow text to the + Interval button to edit a specific interval.
Once you've created all necessary Points, remember to Add Timing Devices.