Bloomsday 2012 To Feature New Timing Chips; Doomsday Hill Time - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Bloomsday 2012 To Feature New Timing Chips; Doomsday Hill Time

SPOKANE, Wash. - Bloomsday founder and director Don Kardong on Tuesday announced some exciting new technological advances for this year's event. 

New this year all participants will be timed with a so-called "B-chip" that attaches to the race number bib, meaning participants will no longer will have to attach timing chips to their shoelaces.

Also new this year on the race number - a QR code. After the race, participants who own smartphones will be able to scan the QR code on the race number allowing them to check results as soon as they're posted by race officials. 

In addition, this year's results will include racers' times up Doomsday Hill, along with their net time and how they stack up with others in their age category.

Other announcements:

* The official Bloomsday charity for 2012 is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County.

* Fifth and sixth-graders can take part in the Bloomsday School Challenge; previously, only middle-schoolers and high school students could participate.

* Online entrants are able to sign up for "virtual medals" to post on social media to share their Bloomsday entries and race results.

* To sign up online, CLICK HERE.

2012 Bloomsday will be Sunday, May 6.

 

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