GSE Timing has adopted four main methods of managing wave starts during the COVID-19 pandemic. One
is better suited for larger events, one is better suited for smaller events, one is designed
specifically for medium and larger cross-country running, and the fourth is for smaller cross-country
meets (dual meets and triangulars). While we are more than
willing to work with event directors on a hybrid of these approaches, or other approaches altogether,
we feel like these approaches are more likely to create accurate results with the least amount of
management than variations on them might require.
GSE Timing does not assist in start line administration on race day. We will provide a visible clock
if needed to assist in getting all participants started on time. We strongly
encourage whoever is administering the start to have a back-up clock/wristwatch with running time. This
is not needed for the chip start option.
Please note that these start methods are not limited to events where social distancing is
expected but were designed with that in mind.
Cross-Country running events tend to be larger than
most fitness events with more races. Due to the size of the starting line, chip starts are not
generally an option. Here is a "rough draft" of what we feel would work best in this sport. This
is a work in progress and, as always, modifications will be made where possible to accommodate the
needs of individual events.
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