Trail running is a wonderful way to explore the wild. It is can enjoy nature and have a challenging physical exercise at the same time. Trail running is a recreational sport, but the real challenge is to run a race. CloudTimer offers an excellent timing solution, as it is affordable and offers a great way to improve the race experience for everyone like competitors, supporters, audience, organisation, volunteers and sponsors. Real time and detailed results are available as soon as the competitor crosses the finish line. As a trail running race organiser, you just need a couple of volunteers with their mobile to have a great race.
CloudTimer is great for Trail running races!
There are two main settings available in CloudTimer: a mass-start and an individual start mode. For trail running, the mass start is most commonly used. As the athletes will reach the finish line individually it is a fairly easy task to record the times manually. When greater finishing densities occur, just add some extra smartphones to the finish line. That is one of the advantaged of working cloud based.
There is really only one thing you really have to take care of as a race organiser: Make sure your volunteers are connected and know which task they have to do. It’s not difficult to learn (call it easy to learn), but it might at times get stressful at the finish line so the crew has to know what they are doing.
Formats for trail running
Most trail running races, use the mass start. This means that all competitors start at the same time, or in groups. It is possible to start the athletes individual, in pairs or in small groups (for example a group of four). In that case use the time trial setting and select one or more athletes at the same time to start.
Use a the standard format available in CloudTimer to do a quick test.
This standard format has a start and a finish and a category of men and women. To set up a race with more splits or more categories, use the CloudTimer dashboard to configure the race entirely to you demands.
Try it yourself
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Check what the results can look like. Have a look at this example of the Dutch Coast Race in Surfski in The Netherlands