With the exception of "fun run" participants, all entrants in the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon will be timed using disposable Bib Tags (B Tags). You will receive your Bib Tag at packet pick-up.
Bib Tags are NOT available at the starting lines.
HOW TO USE THE BIB TAG!
Your Bib Tag has your race number on the front and the timing device on the back. Pin the tag as usual on the front of your shirt. Do not fold the tag as this can damage the timing strips on the back.
BEFORE YOU START
MAKE SURE you are wearing YOUR Bib Tag - if you mixed yours up with someone, well guess what - that person will get your race time, and you'll get theirs!
DURING THE RACE
Make sure you run over the activator pads on the road at the starting line and at the finish line. Do not run around the pads, or you won't get timed!
Don't jump over the line, or stomp on it, just run normally, and it will read you.
AFTER THE RACE
You do not need to turn in the Bib Tag, so you don't have to worry about removing it right after you finish. If you do not want to save the tag as a keepsake, we encourage you to remove it and place it in a recycle bucket near the end of the chute area.
HOW IT WORKS
Your Bib Tag works like ID badges at work - it has a unique magnetic code imbedded into it. The pads you cross over emit a magnetic field. When the magnet in your Bib Tag sweeps across the magnetic field of the pad, a unique disruption to the field is created than can be registered by receivers in the pad. It's called telemetrics. It's also how Mobil "Speed Passes" work.
First your personal race data is loaded into a computer and matched to your unique Bib Tag ID.
As you cross the actuator device at the starting line, your exact starting time is loaded into the computer "ear" via electro-magnetic waves. The same thing happens at the finish line. The starting line times are all transmitted to the results center via cell phones data transfer.
The difference between these two times is your exact finish time for the race. This technology was first used in competition in '94 Berlin Marathon, & in the U.S. in '96 in L.A.