Technology - Simple, Accurate and Fast
The development of the ChampionChip technology started in
1993, initiated by the organization of the Seven Hills Run in Nijmegen,
The Netherlands. It was officially introduced at the Berlin Marathon in
September 1994. Presently the ChampionChip technology is used in the big
city marathons, Ironman triathlons plus thousands of other events around
the world, with proven superior performance.
The basis for the ChampionChip technology is the
radio-frequency-identification system (RFID) from Texas Instruments,
which is also used for security-locks in cars and admission control in
The success of the ChampionChip technology is achieved through the
combination of synchronized multiple antennas, high-tech analog and
digital electronics, and dedicated software for live bulk data handling.
||What Is a ChampionChip?
ChampionChip is a miniature transponder in a specially designed
plastic housing. This device contains a chip in combination with an
These elements are encased in a waterproof glass
capsule, meaning the ChampionChip can be used under all conditions (wet,
dry, cold and hot).
How to Attach the ChampionChip
The ChampionChip can be worn in different ways. For running
races, the ChampionChip is attached to the runner’s shoelace. In
triathlons it is attached to an ankle bracelet.
are no batteries in the ChampionChip. The transponder is passive
until moved into a magnetic field, generated by a send antenna.
The reading distance of the ChampionChip system is limited.
antennas are embedded in the red mats on the road. Therefore the
chips should be located as close to the mats as possible on the
body of the participant. In cycling events the chips should be
located as close to the mats as possible on the frame of the bike.
|In running, triathlon, cycling, mountain biking, cross-country
skiing and in-line skating events:
- The chip should preferably
be attached to the shoelace or attached to the ankle
with a strap. Loop a single lace through the square
holes of the ChampionChip and pull it tightly to the shoe.
When using a strap, attach the ankle strap with the chip
around your ankle. Make sure you do not attach it too
firmly because your ankles will swell up during the event.
- When you own a personal chip
you can leave it attached to your running shoes. This way,
you make sure you will not forget to take your chip to an
- For your personal chip, the
best position is the lowest part of the shoelace, as close
as possible to your toes.
- When you do not use your
personal chip, use the upper part of the shoelace, close
to the knot, for easy removal and return of the chip after
- Do not tie the chip into the
lace; when this comes loose, the chip may easily be lost.
Participants can own a yellow chip and use it in ChampionChip
timed events around the world. Some events using ChampionChip
timing offer yellow logo chips for sale. These chips have the
event logo in full color as an insert. In
some European countries only yellow is used.
All ChampionChip timed events in these countries offer yellow
chips for sale and for rent.
||This means on the entry form all participants can choose
- bringing their personal
- buying a chip
- renting a chip
When a yellow chip is rented, a deposit is required to make
sure the chip will be returned. If participants do not return
the chip in time, the chip will be considered sold.
Your personal yellow chip, bought in your country or abroad,
can be used all over the world, in almost any event we time.
Black chips are issued by the event for one-time use. These
chips are not for sale. The participants must return these
chips after crossing the finish line. If the chip is not
returned, some events will charge participants for the costs
Some events use black chips in combination with yellow logo
chips. In these events you can buy a logo chip with the event
logo, or bring your personal yellow chip. All other
participants will receive a black chip that has to be returned
after the finish. This is often done in the USA. This means on
the entry form all participants can choose between:
- bringing their personal yellow chip
- buying a yellow logo chip
- receiving a black chip from
the event, which must be returned
The ChampionChip System offers many advantages, for event organizers,
timers and participants alike.
- Fast and accurate results
- High level service by providing net times and splits for every
- Split time services for press, TV and Internet
- Free flowing finish line (no chutes, less building up and taking
- Check points along the course
The ChampionChip can register every
individual start time, even when participants are at the back of
- High quality service for event organizers and participants
- Working with a high-tech and easy to use timing system
- Collection of more data than ever before
- Possibility for real-time online services to speaker, press, TV and
- Multipurpose utility: the system can be used in many different
sports events and in many different set-ups
- Fast and accurate results at each event
- Net times;the ChampionChip can register every individual start time,
even when participants are at the back of the pack
- Split times, transition splits for triathlons, lap times
- Free flowing finish, no more restricted space at the finish
- A personal ChampionChip can be used all around the world in many
sports like running, triathlon, cycling, mountain biking, in-line
skating, cross-country skiing
Information for chip owners and buyers
- A personal yellow chip can be used all
over the world, in almost any event we time, independently of the
chip concept used in the specific country or event (black, white or
blue). Make sure you give your chip code to the event organization.
Never use two chips in one event.
- Both the classic yellow design and the
yellow logo chips with embedded event logos, are called yellow
- We cannot guarantee that all events
using ChampionChip timing will accept personal yellow chips - the
event organizers make the final decision. For
a list of events timed by ChampionChip Thailand please visit our race
- If you want to purchase a yellow chip
outside of an event offering yellow chips, please contact
- Chip Owners Database: All
yellow chip owners are in a national and/or worldwide ChampionChip
database. The Chip Owners Database is used by events to help
identify chip owners.
- A typing error in the chip code during
the event registration process will result in your chip being timed
without a name. These so-called "orphan chips" cannot be
part of the final results. The Chip Owners' Database can offer the
solution. In this database the recorded chip code will lead us to
the rightful owner. This owner can be found in the event database
too, when he/she officially entered the race. Now the correct chip
code can replace the mistyped one, and the recorded times will end
up with the right person in the final results.
- It is important that your personal
data is correct. If you need to update your data, please contact
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