We announced in our previous newsletter the news about a new timing partner – RaceTec System (previously known as Winning Time). This new timing system will be introduced for the 2011 event and will be used for a minimum of the next five years. Those runners who already have a RaceTec (or Winning Time) chip can use it for next year’s event. Those who don’t have one of these chips will need to buy one for R80. The chips are usually R110 however the race office will be subsidising them by R30.
The RaceTec System is the same one used by the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour so if you’ve done the Argus that chip is valid and can be used for Two Oceans. The system 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. It is also used extensively and successfully at various other races around the country, including the 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg.
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 them and the race in the long term by managing costs down and passing on the savings to them. Please visit our website at www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/news/racetec for more information on the RaceTec System.