Timing a Triathlon race is easy and affordable using RaceGorilla. A triathlon takes a long time and both coaches and supporters like to receive fast and regular updates of the split times. Timing a triathlon race with RaceGorilla, is very affordable even at club level. Adding splits does not add to the costs of timing, like when using chip timing.
Especially at the finish, the athletes arrive running mostly individual, so there will be no problem keeping up with the manual timing process. Still if things get busy, the workload can be divided among multiple timers, as the app is constantly synchronized via the cloud server.
How to use RaceGorilla in a triathlon?
Triathlon is mostly started in waves. When using RaceGorilla, it is possible to start both individual (time trial) as per start group (mass start) or in start waves. As the athletes are leaving the water it they might still be close together. As the race develops, the athletes will spread and the process of taking splits will get easier along the way.
When timing a time trial race, it is possible to use just use manual timing. If the times have to be more accurate, it is possible to connect the finish button to a Alge Timy or a Tag Heuer CP520 and send the times to the smartphone at the finish using the RaceGorilla Bluebox, the exact time will be online in a matter of seconds.
Do you want to check what the results can look like? Here is an example of the Blowater Gold Coast Triathlon in Hong Kong
Timing formats for triathlon
For Triathlon, there are basically two formats available: simple and full. They both use the mass start settings to start in groups. It is possible to start multiple categories or start groups at the same time (for example the juniors and the elite).
A simple triathlon race only contains a start, finish swim, finish bike and a finish. The normal triathlon format add the start bike and start run splits. Extra splits can still be added using the dashboard, such as swim laps, bike and run splits.
Want to learn more about how to set up a simple triathlon competition using start waves? Have a look at our start wave tutorial.
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