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What is ChampionChip timing?
ChampionChip Technology
The development of the ChampionChip technology started in 1993, initiated by the organization of the Seven Hill Run in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. It was officially introduced at the Berlin Marathon in September 1994. Presently the ChampionChip technology is used in the big city marathons, Ironman triathlons plus thousands of other events around the world, with proven superior performance.The basis for the ChampionChip technology is the radio-frequency-identification system (RFID) from Texas Instruments, which is also used for security-locks in cars and admission control in buildings.The success of the ChampionChip technology is achieved through the combination of synchronized multiple antennas, high-tech analog and digital electronics, and dedicated software for live bulk data handling.The ChampionChip
ChampionChip is a miniature transponder in a specially designed plastic housing. This device contains a chip in combination with an energizing coil. These elements are encased in a waterproof glass capsule, meaning the ChampionChip can be used under all conditions (wet, dry, cold and hot).The ChampionChip can be worn in different ways. For running races, the ChampionChip is usually attached to the runner's shoelace. In triathlons it is attached to an ankle bracelet.There are no batteries in the ChampionChip. The transponder is passive until moved into a magnetic field, generated by a send antenna. Here the energizing coil produces an electric current to power the chip. The transponder then transmits its unique identification number to a receive antenna. The whole procedure takes approximately 60 milliseconds and is repeated continuously.
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Where do I get my chip?

Your chip is supplied to you for the event in your race packet - which you pick up at the registration tent - with your bib number, etc. Chips must be returned at the completion of the event. Our staff and volunteers will be in the finish chute collecting chips from the athletes as they finish.You must return your chip when you finish. Participants who do not return the chip will be assessed a $150 TTD fee. If you accidentally leave with your chip, or pick up your packet and not attend the event, please return the chip in a packaged envelope to:

Odessey Timing Company
#1 Moonrise Development
Winnie Mohammed Road
Diego Martin, Trinidad W.I.

Phone: (868) 784-4128

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How do I wear the Chip?
Chips will be attached to a velcro bracelet which you would place on your ankle. Bear in mind: no chip, no time. Only athletes wearing a ChampionChip will be timed. The reading distance of the ChampionChip System is limited. The antennas are embedded in the red mats on the road. Therefore the chips should be located as close to the mats as possible - on the ankle of the participant.It is also important to have the long end of the chip pointing toward your toe.
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How does the Chip work?
The send and receive antennas are cast in thin tartan mats. These antenna mats are placed at the finish line and other timing locations. They are connected to a Yellow Box at the side of the road, containing electronics and batteries. Each time an athlete wearing a ChampionChip crosses the mats, the chip gets energized and sends out its ID-number. This number and corresponding time are then stored in the Yellow Box and transferred to a timing computer for further processing.All runners must ensure they run across the orange mats at the beginning of the race. Also at the end of the run - no matter how tired you are - CONTINUE TO RUN ACROSS ALL MATS.
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Can I buy a chip?
You do not need to buy a chip to participate in most events in Trinidad. However, if you wish to buy your own personal ChampionChip please contact Jason at (868) 784-4128.
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Can you explain Chip Time versus Gun Time?
Gun Time: The time from the sound of the starter's signal to the time when the runner crosses the finish line. Also know as the Official Time. Real Time, Chip Time: The time from when the runner crosses the starting mats at the start line, to the time when the runner crosses the finishing mats. For personal interest only.
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IAAF Timing and awards policy: how are the winners determined?
Gun Time is the official time.
All awards are based on GUN TIME — the time from the start of the race (gun) to when you cross the finish line as per IAAF, Athletics Canada, BC Athletics, USATF, AIMS and International Awards standards.
Excerpt from the IAAF Road Race Handbook — Pg 196 RULE 240
Note: For road races and road walking events, the official time will be the time elapsed between the start gun and the athlete reaching the finish line. However, if an athlete crosses the start line after the start gun, his time elapsed between the start and finish line can be made known to the athlete but will not be considered as official time. The order in which athletes reach the finish line will be considered as the official finish position. 196 RULE 240The Chip timing is provided for personal interest.
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What are the advantages of Chip timing?
For Participants:
  • Fast and accurate results at each event
  • Net times: the ChampionChip can register every individual start time, even when participants are at the back of the pack
  • Split times, transition splits for triathlons, lap times
  • Free flowing finish, no more restricted space at the finish
  • A personal ChampionChip can be used all around the world in many sports like running, triathlon, cycling, mountain biking, in-line skating, cross-country skiing
For event organizers:
  • Fast and accurate results
  • High level service by providing net times and splits for every individual participant
  • Split time services for press, TV and Internet
  • Free flowing finish line (no chutes, less building up and taking down material)
  • Check points along the course
For Timers:
  • High quality service for event organizers and participants
  • Working with a high-tech and easy to use timing system
  • Collection of more data than ever before
  • Possibility for real-time online services to speaker, press, TV and Internet
  • Multipurpose utility: the system can be used in many different sports events and in many different set-ups
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