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Beat Beethoven 2014 Results

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Results from today's 20th Annual Beat Beethoven 5Km, organized by the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, are available in searchable, dynamic format are available on the web.

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Today's race was the first Fairbanks race to rely on chip timing as the primary layer of timing.  The system used was the ChronoTrack system.  On each bib was a chip encoded with a bib number which interacted with the timing antennas and chip readers at the finish.

At the finish we had a 14' wide finish line with four antenna cores in it, connected to a chip reader, as well as two Flashpoint antennas on tripods - one on either side of the finish line.  The three layers of timing are to mitigate the possibility of missing a runner crossing the finish line.  Based on our initial evaluation, we believe that the finish mat antennae missed two of the 702 official finishers, but that those two runners were caught by one of the Flashpoint antennae.

If you were near the finish line, you may have noticed that a large area around the finish line was roped off. This was to prevent inadvertent reads of chips on the bibs of runners who had already finished.  With the chip technology that we are using, it is necessary to keep people away from the immediate finish area (about 20'-30' away from the antennae) in order to insure clean data.

This year we will also be using the chip-timing technology at the Chena River Run, the Midnight Sun Run, the Jingle in July and the Equinox Marathon.  Other races that SportAlaska Event Timing Services will be timing this year will use the technology that we have used to successfully time hundreds of local races over the past 12 years.

See you at the races,

John Estle, SportAlaska Event Timing Services

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