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RB67 Legend 233 posts since
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Oct 21, 2009 10:27 AM

Fun Run without timing

I am looking for peoples thoughts on this issue.  A friend of mine is helping organize a 5k "fun run" for our churches 50th anniversary.  I asked if she was putting the race on coolrunnings to generate more interest.  She responded that the women in charge was not planning to but was open to the idea, but stated that they would not be keeping official times.  I haven't done that many races, but all I have ever done had the times.  I would think if someone found the race online, then ran it and did not get a time would be pretty disappointed.


What are peoples thoughts?  It a small fundraiser, with a primary goal of having a communitty event.

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  • CLS89 Legend 212 posts since
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    1. Oct 21, 2009 12:10 PM (in response to RB67)
    Re: Fun Run without timing
    I agree with you.  If people are going through the trouble to search for 5ks online, they are probably serious enough about running to want a time at the end of it.  If its going to be a very small race I suppose having no official timing is ok.  As long as they make it very clear on the registration that there will be no timing...

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  • bellsway Legend 343 posts since
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    2. Oct 21, 2009 4:50 PM (in response to RB67)
    Re: Fun Run without timing
    You're friend is going to have a lot of angry runners on her hands if she doesn't time the race, especially if she advertises it without mentioning that there will not be official times.  Actually, I doubt anybody but church friends will show up for an untimed run.  IMO It's not even really a race.

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  • spicegeek Community Moderator 2,563 posts since
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    3. Oct 21, 2009 5:10 PM (in response to RB67)
    Re: Fun Run without timing

    if it cleary says Fun Run that in itselfs say no timing

    if it say race .. it says timing

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  • crl8686 Legend 1,313 posts since
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    4. Oct 21, 2009 7:30 PM (in response to RB67)
    Re: Fun Run without timing
    You will probably get a lot more runners if the event is officially timed. Even a finish line clock and a couple of volunteers recording positions and bib numbers would be better than nothing. If the event were advertised as untimed, I would just write a check to the worthy cause and then find a timed race to run instead. And yes, I would be quite unhappy if I showed up for an event and found out at the last minute that it was untimed, especially if I'd registered and paid in advance.

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  • dfitz* Legend 612 posts since
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    5. Oct 21, 2009 8:44 PM (in response to RB67)
    Re: Fun Run without timing

    I don't feel as strongly about it as other posters, except that I agree an untimed fundraiser / fun run should be clearly advertised as such.


    This year our local Komen Race for the Cure 5k drew 6,000 or so people, even though they chose not to spend the money on chip timing. Everyone knew this ahead of time and it was still a record crowd. A good cause will always draw people if it's promoted well. Our local 'turkey trot' on Thanksgiving also isn't timed, except for a guy with a stopwatch calling out times at the finish line, for those who care to know. We do it for the fun of it and to support the cause, which in this case is a local food bank. The latter doesn't bother with official online registration; they advertise on local online race listings (no registration), on the radio, and with flyers. Registration occurs at the health club that sponsors it, right up until race time. No t-shirts for that one; just lots of pumpkin pies to give away afterward!

  • Marykb Legend 1,347 posts since
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    7. Oct 22, 2009 8:36 AM (in response to RB67)
    Re: Fun Run without timing
    Another issue with these "fun runs" is accurate distance.  Even if you don't time it, but the runners time themselves, they are going to be depending on the distance being exactly 5K.  The first 5K I ever ran years ago was a local fun run.  It was timed, and I ran it in under 27:00 without any particular effort. I was a brand new runner and not trying to make any certain time goal. But strangely that race was my lifetime PR that stands to this day.  I never came close to it again even as my overall running and my 10K times improved.  It has only been years later that it dawned on me that it must have been a "short" race (not accurately measured).  I usually don't bother with uncertified races because a PR doesn't mean much if the distance isn't accurate.

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