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pEDo: November 2009 - The other side of my cerebro.

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11/21/2009 11:51:00 AM

Timex Run Photos from PhotoVendo

My first four fun-runs and marathons have always been blank, meaning, no graphical memories of the event can prove my stories except for the race bib and certificates that I kept. Prior to my corporate-times running, I only have two mind sets of joining a running event: a) To win or to finish the course; 2) To keep myself healthy and active. And when I started my fifth running event, I just realized how good it is to see yourself, the event, and your running buds with a photo memories that you can keep and be proud of.

One issue rises though if you also want a photo of your actual running posture, or just to see yourself in action while running. For those who have running buddies with them who always carry a camera along the race route, this is easy. It's just a matter of exchanging point-and-shoot with each other. But what if, like me, doesn't want to carry a camera while running, or none of your running colleagues with cameras runs with you on your chosen distance category?

Don't worry, PhotoVendo is just around to capture your running moments. It is really self-fulfilling seeing yourself in action, and also helpful in analyzing your running posture, as well as your worst facial expression while breathing (lol!).

Check out some of my photos below taken during the 1st Timex Run:

Passing the 7th kilometer along Buendia Bridge


Getting near the finish line

My last full sprint a few meters from the finish line
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11/21/2009 09:58:00 AM

RFID Technology in Running Events

Sprints, dashes, relays, cross-country, trails and marathons - are the most common running categories that many of the athletes and non-athletes are engaging of. Running events have been filling up our streets early in the morning each day, or mostly once to thrice a week. A lot of people are already joining marathons, from as young as three years old, to as old as eighty plus. And for most of the runners, time is of essence; elapsed time, split times, average speed, and etc. are the timing details that a runner wants to know and record during his training or running course. Thus, Transponder timings (also called chip timing or RFID timing) were born.

But before the Timing Chips got its hike on running events, other timing and tracking gadgets such as stop watches, speed trackers, barcodes and barcode readers, and wrist watches with built-in timers have been the personal choice of every race organizers and runners. Even until now, these manually operated timers are still widely used for personal and smaller events.

My recent 10k running event with Timex have been blessed to have this kind of technology which accurately measured the race time of each runners. The data gathered by the RFID Chip also helped in the generation of a detailed running analysis (RunAlysis) of every participant. Thanks to the organizer, RunRio for including this kind of innovation for this event.

The RunAlysis generated for me was excellent. It boasted my average speed both in mph and kph; my place by gender, division, and overall ranking; split times per mile or per kilometer; and a bird's eye view of the finish line when I passed through it. A sample detailed race statistics can be downloaded here.

So how does this system works? A timing chip is marked with a unique identification, and is composed of a silicon chip and energizing coil. This coil is inactive (passive RFID) until moved into a magnetic field, generated by a send antenna in a mat (used to mark the start and finish lines of a race). The transponder then transmits its unique identification number to a receive antenna in a mat a. The send and receive antennas are cast in thin tartan mats. These antenna mats are placed at the finish line and other timing locations. They are connected to a box at the side of the road, containing electronics and batteries. Each time an athlete wearing a timing chip crosses the mats, the chip gets energized and sends out its unique ID number. This number and corresponding time are then stored in the box and transferred to a timing computer for further processing b.

One more thing that I was happy about my previous race was the free online photo vendo courtesy of Photovendo.ph. As I have previously stated in my blog for Timex Run 2009, the PhotoVendo uses the signal from the timing chip to trigger the shooting of the cameras stationed on some posts along the race routes, this was not the case (lol). There were camera men stationed along the race routes, armed with fast-shooting cameras with big lenses, not automated though, but are also triggered to shoot for the runners as they pass them by. This made the downloading of photos from their website made possible just by inputting your race number.

Further readings:
a. Wikipedia
b Alta Vista Sports
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