Can someone explain chip vs. gun time?

Good morning and Happy Hump Day! Isn’t the above photo gorgeous? Found it on Pinterest (of course). I think that will now be known as – MY HAPPY PLACE!

Everyone ready to make it a fabulous Wednesday? Last night I did my cardio OUTSIDE. It was such a beautiful evening. A little chilly, but just gorgeous to be outside. After cardio was dinner, some TV, then I went to bed. After not sleeping well the night before, I was exhausted. And I slept GOOD last night.

Today’s agenda is work, an activity rest day, a HOA board meeting, and dinner with hubby. Should be a fun day.

So, I have a question for all you runners/racers out there. The following is on the Knoxville Track Club‘s website:

“Wondering about the times you see posted on the KTC results listing? KTC will publish your gun time and pace and chip time and pace under the Overall Results heading. KTC will publish only your gun time only under the Age Division heading. Per USATF regulations, awards must be based on your gun time and not your chip time. The chip time is an amenity so that you can have your time from when you cross the start line to when you cross the finish line.”

So, I understand what gun time is and what chip time is. However, it seems to me that chip time is more accurate than gun time. So, why does the USATF use the gun time? It just doesn’t make sense to me. And if the USATF only uses gun time, why even bother with the chips?

Today’s talking point: Can someone explain?

Thanks and make it an awesome Wednesday!

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  1. I’m commenting so I can subscribe to follow up comments. This is an interesting question? I had no idea there was even a difference. Ha!