There are several options for timing your race. Directors of large races (>500 runners) should hire a commercial timing company. If your race is a small to medium sized local race, consider requesting the NVRC's Race Timing services. This service depends on the availability of our Club Timer. If your race is small and our Club Timer is unavailable, you might want to try timing your race yourself.
The NVRC times road races as a service to the running community, primarily in Centre County. We do not aim to make a profit nor to take business away from commercial timing companies. If you plan a large race (>500) or if you require ancillary services such as registration or advertising, then you should hire a commercial company (see a list below). We also time cross-country events with printouts for dual meets, invitationals, or multiple dual meets. And our software will also handle duathlons, triathlons, and races with teams. Results are posted on our website, nvrun.com.
We require that the race director furnish us, ahead of time, with an EXCEL file of pre-registered runners and that he or she furnish 2 or 3 people at the finish line to assist us. We furnish a finish line chute and display clock.
The NVRC does not loan equipment. If a NVRC-approved timer is not available for your race, we cannot time it for you.
- Chip Timing. The NVRC owns a chip timing system utilizing ChampionChips, either returnable or disposable. Race entry, overall results, and age group results are done with commercial software. This is the fastest and most efficient timing system. The charge per chip is about $0.75 per runner for returnable chips and $1.25 per runner for disposable chips, in addition to the base fee. There is a substantial charge if returnable chips are not recovered.
- Time Machine. The timer records data at the finish line with a Time Machine; those data are transmitted electronically to our computer. Tear-off tags are collected from bibs at the finish line. Race entry, overall results, and age group results are done with commercial software. If the race director supplies bibs, they must have tear-off tags. If your race involves a substantial number of runners, we will print barcoded labels for the tags. These can be scanned directly into our computer. If we print labels, there is an additional charge of $0.05 per runner. We can also supply labels for pre-registered bags at the same rate. The Time Machine/barcode method is almost as fast as chips for races with less than 250 runners.
Our fees. We charge a base fee of $55 to $150, the amount depending on the size of the race and the timing method. We will invoice after the race. We will also charge mileage if the timer travels more than 10 miles from his or her home. If electrical power is not available for our computer and printer, we will charge $25 for rental of our generator. If we furnish bibs, the charge is $0.20 per bib ($0.08 for cross-country tags) and $0.01 per pin.
Here are some races we have timed recently:
Herbie’s Hometown Loop
Black Moshannon 5K/10K (chip-timed)
District 6 Cross-Country Championships (chip-timed)
Here are links to some commercial timing companies:
Runner’s High http://runhigh.com/
PA Runners https://www.parunn ers.com/
Pretzel City Sports http://pretzelcitysports.com/
Miles of Smiles http://www.smileymiles.com/
Motion Timing http://www.motiontiming.com/
Here is an article on how to time your own small race.