By now you all know that we have introduced a new timing system for the 2011 race – the RaceTec timing system (previously known as Winning Time), which is the same timing system used by the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. This new timing system will be introduced for the 2011 event and will be used for a minimum of the next five years. If you already have one of these chips from taking part in the cycle tour, then you can use it for Two Oceans. If you don’t have one of these chips, then you will need to purchase a new one for the event at a cost of R80. They usually cost R110, which means the event office is subsidising the chips for runners.
After extensive research and investigation into various timing systems, the directors of the Two Oceans Marathon Association made the decision to introduce a new timing system, the RaceTec System, previously known as Winning Time.
This new system will be introduced for the 2011 event and will be used for a minimum of the next five years. It is the same timing system used by the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and offers state of the art technology that will make the processing of results and times far easier and more user-friendly, as well as far more cost effective. This system is used extensively and successfully at various other races around the country, including the 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg.
Those runners who already have a RaceTec (or Winning Time) chip can use it for next year’s Two Oceans Marathon. However, those that do not possess a chip will need to purchase one at a cost of R80. The chips are usually R110 but the race office will be subsidising them by R30.
When we first introduced a timing chip system 14 years ago we encountered a massive outcry, but over time, the runners embraced the new technology and it has become an integral part of our event. While we appreciate that the introduction of new chips may be a slight inconvenience for some, we know that runners will see the bigger picture, as using this system will benefit the runners and the race in the long term.