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So, how does it work?

The disposable 'B'-Tag is the most convenient timing devices available. This thin tag is almost detectable on the back of your bib number! Simply wear your bib on the lower front of your torso as you would normally and you will be automatically timed across all of your timing points. Official instructions for attaching the 'B'-Tag to your shoe are available here.

What are the benefits to the athlete?

  • No pre-race check-in
  • Tag is disposable
  • No need to learn how to attach to your shoe
  • Lighter, less intrusive tag
  • Accurate Time
  • No Fees for lost or unreturned tags
  • No post-race tag return

ChronoTrack have also put together a useful list of frequently asked questions:

What happens if the 'B'-Tag gets wet?

The tag is completely weatherproof and will work regardless of rain, heat, storms, humidity or other inclement conditions.

How do I make sure I have the right tag?

Each tag will be clearly marked with the bib number of the participant to whom the tag is assigned. Because the timing tags are clearly marked with the runner's bib number, there is no need for "chip check" or "tag check" at packet pickup. The purpose of traditional chip check was to ensure that the chip given to the runner was the correct chip. Because the tags are already labeled with the runner's bib number, there is no need to check that the tag is correctly assigned.

How do I make sure that my tag works?

Each 'B'-Tag is checked and double-checked for functionality before they are distributed to the athlete. The tag is always "on" and does not need to be activated. There will be no "tag check" or "chip check" at the EXPO.

I already own another timing chip; can I use it with the ChronoTrack system?

No. Using the disposable 'B'-Tag assigned and given to you before the race is the only method to correctly track your times. Other tags and chips are not compatible with the ChronoTrack system.

What is tag time and how is it different from gun time?

Tag time (Chip time) is recorded by an electronic tag that is attached to a runner's shoe. Your tag records the time at which you cross the start line, the finish line and several split times in between. Tag time is often shorter than gun time because tag time begins when a runner crosses the start line while gun time starts when the gun is fired; many runners don't cross the start line until several minutes after their official gun time has begun.

How accurate is tag time?

Tag time is the most accurate form of marathon timing available because it measures the exact time between a runner crossing the start line and the finish line. Tag time also records several important splits, providing an accurate record of a runner's pace.

Can I leave the 'B'-Tag on my bib?

Yes! The bib tag stays on the back of your bib, and your bib should be worn on your lower front torso. There are still 'D' Tags in use on occassion, and those tags are removed from the bib and installed on the shoe per the instructions printed on the tag. Mettle Events has converted exclusively to the 'B' Tag.

From an event organizer's perspective the Chronotrack system allows them to focus their energy elsewhere, not only in the weeks leading up to an event but also on race day. An obvious benefit is that event organizers can now utilize volunteers where they are needed instead of focusing on the demands of a complex timing system. The ChronoTrack system is not only easier, but it is also more cost effective, with the tag cost being significantly reduced to the point where they can be disposed of after a race without disrupting the quality and accuracy necessary for a timing system.

What are the benefits for Mettle Events and other event organizers?

  • Tag is disposable
  • Costs are lower
  • Easier to distribute pre-race
  • Eliminates post-race bottlenecks
  • Frees up volunteers to help in other key areas

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