HOW TO TIME A BACKYARD ULTRA RACE

A backyard ultra running race is where participants must consecutively complete a loop (typically 3-4 miles) in less than one hour. When each lap is completed, the remaining time within the hour is typically used to recover for the next hour’s race.

Use these settings on Webscorer PRO to exclude the rest period in between the laps from the total time:

Start type = Mass
Record lap times = On
Number of laps = Time-limited
Exclude laps = On
 
 
Manual timing:
 
1. First lap is started by tapping the “Start race” button for the mass start
2. You’d tap lap times for each racer as they complete the lap
3. To start all racers together for the next lap:
   - Tap the “Fast-tap view” toolbar button
   - Tap the bib number of each racer still racing
   - Tap the “Same time” button when the race clock shows an even hour
   - This will give all racers the same start time for the next lap
 
RFID or NFC chip timing:
 
1. First lap is started by tapping the “Start race” button for the mass start
2. Racers’ lap times are recorded as the chip is detected at the end of the lap
3. To start all racers together for the next lap:
   - Line up all racers some distance away from the antennas
   - Give the command for racers to start the next lap at the next even hour
   - Racers will pass through the antennas and get the same start time as their chip is detected
 
If a racer fails to complete the lap in an hour:
 
1. You’d record the racer's (last) lap time as usual
2. And then clear the racer off the timing screen
   - Tap the “Lap control” toolbar button
   - Select the “Finish racer” option
   - Tap the racer’s bib number
   - The bib number will then disappear as “finished”