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ABOUT TIMBERLINE EVENTS LLC | FINISH LINE TIMING

Timberline Events LLC was formed in January 2004 and is based in Englewood, Colorado.  Specializing in running relay events, Timberline Events’ first event was the Wild West Relay in 2004, a 200-mile route from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs traveling through Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming.  

Timberline Events also organized the 200-mile Green Mountain Relay in Vermont, from 2006 through 2012, and started the 200-mile Heartland Relay in Iowa, and the 165-mile Flaming Foliage Relay in Colorado in 2013. In 2009, we revived a “sprint” relay between college football rivalries - the 52-mile Civil War Relay between Eugene (University of Oregon) and Corvallis (Oregon State University).

Timberline Events has a very good reputation and safety record.  We are known for our scenic and rural routes, and the high quality of the organization of our events.

In 2009, we started offering race timing services to share our race management expertise with smaller community races. With our investment in chip timing equipment, we are now able to assist larger races with their timing needs.

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The owner/race director is Paul Vanderheiden. Paul’s professional background includes: commercial whitewater river guide from 1979 - 2005, working on rivers in California, Oregon, Idaho, and the Grand Canyon. He also owned and managed Open Air Adventures for eleven years, offering river trips on the Class V section of the Kern River known as “The Forks of the Kern”.  Paul also earned an ATP pilot’s license, the highest commercial pilot license rating available.

His running background includes completing eighteen marathons, three Half-Ironman, and the Louisville Ironman triathlon, and organizing or participating with ten relay teams running five different relay events.

Timberline Events has been a member of 1% For the Planet since 2006 (member #214)– one percent of our revenue is donated to environmental organizations.

Roads Less Traveled Relays 

Civil War Relay - Oregon
Wild West Relay - Colorado
Flaming Foliage Relay - Colorado

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Timberline Events LLC is a Colorado based race management company specializing in unique races, including long distance team relay races, and a race timing/finish line management company.

One of our priority is to give back to the communities our races go through - that is accomplished through our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Volunteers With a Purpose, Inc.

ROADS LESS TRAVELED RELAY RACE SERIES

"...it was the most fun I've ever had while running."
John Meyer, Denver Post

Roads Less Traveled Relay Races

Timberline Events specializes in running relay races. A long distance team relay is a type of one to two day adventure race anyone can do. Teams of runners rotate, taking turns running a route between 50 and 200 miles. Our Roads Less Travel Relay Races are designed to be scenic and rural, highlighting the beauty and character of the states they are located in. Registration is limited in size to enable all teams to have a premier running experience.

"Our team just ran the Wild West relay for the second time - our first one was four years ago. Four years ago we couldn't appreciate how well organized this race was, our first one hadn't taught us the lessons of a poorly organized relay yet. The past few years we have done other relays in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. Yours by far has the absolute best organization, setup, and volunteer base that we have ever seen.  I know you pull your volunteers from a third-party organization, but you are ultimately the one responsible for making sure they are prepared to do their job and they clearly are. They are knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and chipper which is all a team can ask for at 4am when they are rolling into an exchange point on zero sleep and miles and miles down in 90+ degree weather.  Additionally, your leg maps, handbooks, and many many emails go above and beyond.  I am sure your job is a difficult and a stressful one and we all just wanted you to know how much we appreciate your obvious passion for your job.  We look forward to our next RLT Relay!" AB, Casper WY

FINISH LINE TIMING

Finish Line Timing

Our Finish Line Timing philosophy is Your race's success is our success. Ease of registration, accurate timing, quick access to the results, and the appearance of a finish line greatly reflect on the quality and integrity of a race. Our goal is to eliminate your stress of this aspect of your road or trail running race, bike race, triathlon, mud run, or cross country meet. We will provide great customer service to both you and your race participants.

We offer a choice of timing methods: the tried and true traditional tag-pull method for smaller races, and the state of the art MyLaps BibTag disposable chip timing system, the timing system used by the Boston, Chicago, and Houston Marathons.

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VOLUNTEERS WITH A PURPOSE, INC.

Volunteers With a Purpose, Inc.

Volunteers With A Purpose, Inc is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to match non-profit organizations with fund-raising opportunities with recreational events. VWAP was created by Timberline Events to give back to the communities our relay races go through by involving local non-profit organizations to act as race marshals. Over $250,000 has been raised and distributed to the participating non-profit organizations in Colorado, Vermont, Oregon, and Iowa.

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Professional Race Timing and Finish Line Management Services

Ease of registration, accurate timing, quick access to results, and the appearance of a finish line greatly reflect on the quality and integrity of a race. Our goal is to provide you with a professional looking finish line, quality timing services, and to eliminate the stress of this aspect of your road, trail, or bike race, or cross country meet.

With our website and our email distribution list, we can also help you promote your event.

We offer a choice of timing methods: the tried and true traditional tag-pull method for smaller races, and the state of the art MyLaps BibTag disposable chip timing system.

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MyLaps is considered the most reliable chip timing system with a read rate approaching 99.8%. Races like The Boston Marathon have used the MyLaps system. This system also eliminates the need and expense of collecting chips at the finish as the disposable chip is a thin, lightweight antenna stuck on to the back of each participants bib.

TIMING OPTIONS

Disposable Chip Timing with MyLaps BibTag System

Chip timing systems require that athletes wear a small, lightweight chip that uniquely identifies them as they cross strategically placed, electronic mats. In its most basic and common form, chip timing electronically handles the task of collecting and processing results at the end of the race. We use the MyLaps BibTag system where the chip, a small lightweight antenna, is placed on the back of the bib - nothing needs to be worn on the runner's shoes or needs to be collected at the finish. Runners wear the bib unobstructed on their chest and our equipment does the rest. MyLaps is considered the most reliable with a read rate approaching 99.8%. Races like The Boston Marathon have used the MyLaps system. You can learn more about the technology at MyLaps.com.

Traditional Timing

Traditional timing, or tag-pull timing, is a manual method that was used before chip timing equipment was invented. It utilizes a timing computer (we use TimeMachines), and tags that are part of the bibs. As each runner and walker crosses the finish, a time is entered in the TimeMachine which is then transmitted to the timing software on a laptop. The finishers are kept in order they crossed the finish line in the chute and at the end of the chute, the tags on the bibs are then pulled and put on a stringer in the order participants finished. The tags are then scanned into the timing software and are matched, in order, to the finish times collected by the TimeMachine to provide the results. Benefits of this method are it is less expensive, and the results can be produced just about as fast as chip timing for small races.

 

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