Wednesday, December 4, 2013
By Rachel Lenzi firstname.lastname@example.org
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This year, runners from the elite field on back will have timing chips embedded in their race bibs. Mats at the start and finish line record when each runner passes each line, capturing an accurate time.
2010 Press Herald file
THE BIG RACE
WHAT: The 14th Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race
WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Cape Elizabeth
START: Route 77 near Crescent Beach
FINISH: Fort Williams
Five technological advances through the course of the history of the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10 K Road Race:
• Runners using GPS devices to track their mileage or wearing iPods to listen to music while running
• The World Wide Web, which has brought about online registration, as well as e-mailing event information and an event website, www.beach2beacon.org
• Cameras at the finish line for photographic evidence of runners crossing the finish line
• A bigger selection of footwear for runners, including some custom-designed shoes that can potentially help runners minimize injury and maximize their gait cycle
• Wicking fabrics designed to pull sweat away from the skin and disperse it throughout an article of clothing
While the first of the elite runners are making their final turn towards the finish line, Teschek attempts to beat the clock in his own race.
Because there is no stable wireless frequency or connection between the start and finish lines, Teschek has to establish that connection the old-fashioned way – moving parts from Point A to Point B.
After the last runners cross the starting line, Teschek picks up a set of timing registration devices placed at the start line that pick up start times then hops into a police escort, which takes back roads in Cape Elizabeth to the finish line.
Teschek exits the car – sometimes less than two minutes before the first runner crosses the finish line – and immediately connects the devices to a laptop, and begins downloading start times into a computer.
The process of posting net-time results, Teschek said, can take up to 20 minutes. And, in the fashion of technology, there's always room for improvement.
"There's a demand for times," Teschek said. "We'd like to be able to expedite that and get those (results) in real time. That's the next technological step, and that would be the most efficient."
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