COMPETITORS in this year’s Weipa Running Festival will have near-perfect times recorded as organisers switch to GPS technology for this month’s event.
The electronic timing system will see runners wear a shoe tag. Family members and friends will be able to track their progress as they run, with a number of strategic mats placed around the course for the athletes to cross over.
“It does make marshalling on course a lot easier. There’s a little less manual timing and, from a volunteer perspective, it helps,” said Weipa Running Festival stalwart Rose Robins.
Entries are still open for the annual event, which has a big race day in Weipa on Sunday, July 23, but officially opens this weekend as virtual runs can be recorded over a two-week period.
Around 250 people are expected to participate, with about two-thirds to run on the race day, which finishes at Andoom Oval.
More details are available online at http://weiparunningfestival.org.au/