When you register you’ll find 6 x race numbers and 6 x timing tags in your registration pack. It’s important to take care of these two items – they are vital for your participation in the event.

Read on for more information on your race number and timing tag.

Race Number

It is essential that each team member wears their race number throughout the event. Your race number should be worn on the front of your top, using a safety pin to secure it in each corner. If you don’t have any safety pins, come and see us at the registration desk on race morning and we’ll fix you up. However, we do understand that some of you in costume may want to change the position of your race number to suit. Have at it – so long as it is clearly visible, we’re all good.

Pimp Your Bib

When you register, you can choose to have a nickname or other message on your race number, instead of your first name. Just look for the “nickname” question when entering. There is limited space on the bib and we want your nickname to be big and easy to read, so this field is limited to a maximum of 20 characters. Some participants prefer to keep things on the down-low. If you’d rather that your name was not printed on your race number just leave that field empty on the team list. Your team name will be printed on the bib too.

Due to the lead time required to print and prepare the race numbers, if you enter in the final week prior to the event it is unlikely you will have a name or nickname printed on your race number. Feel free to get the sharpie out and get busy with your best artwork.

It’s also important to remember that if your entry was transferred from another person, it’s possible that the race number was printed with their name on it. In these cases, you can either go with the flow, or put some tape over the name to cover it up. Either way, the race results will correctly show your name, even if your bib does not.

Timing Tag

Your team timing tags are used to calculate your overall team time and place for the race results and also – unique to the Rotorua Ekiden – the split time for every individual race leg. When you pick up your race packs, your timing tags will be attached to the back of your race number. Leave your timing tags on the back of your bibs when you pin them to your front. Whenever you pass over a timing mat, your tag will record your time. We will place timing mats at the start line, the finish line and at each changeover location.

These timing tags are disposable so don’t worry about handing back in at the end of the event. Either dispose of them in a rubbish bin provided or hold onto your tag as a keepsake!

Important! It is vital that team members who are waiting around for their team members at the various changeover points do not stand on or near the timing mats as this will trigger the split time for your team and mess up the stats for your team members. The timing mats are blue and red, and will have fencing around them so they are easy to spot … and avoid.

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