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For the 10 km, half marathon, marathon and relay race automatic timing will be used. Timing device from MyLaps will be used. The device consists offloguleidbeiningar chips (a small white plastic circle) and mats that will be placed at the start/finish and participants will run over. Each runner has to fasten the chip to their shoelace or on the relay team’s ankle strap. No chip = no time. Each chip has a number in our database which is linked to an individual runner/relay race team. Timing starts when a participant runs over the mat and finishes when he runs over it again when completing the race. Chip time therefore gives an accurate time for the assigned runner/relay race team regardless of his position at the start. There will also be gun time which is the time from the shot of the start gun until the runner crosses the finish line. Gun time is the time that is used in the results of the race as according to international rules on certified races. In addition to the mats placed at the start/finish mats will be located on 6 places along the track: at 10 km, 20 km, 21,1 km, 25 km, 30 km and 37,2 km. There participants will get their split time registered if they take a step on the mat. 


Timing for each participant is done with a chip. This data chip has to be securely fastened to one of the participant’s shoes using his shoelace. If a participant does not have a chip fastened to his shoe it is not possible to measure his time. In order for the chip to stay tie a double knot on top of it.


Each team will be given one timing chip. The chip should be attached to the ankle strap that is included in the team’s race package. The ankle strap with the attached chip has to be fastened around the participant’s ankle, no higher than 40 cm/15 inches from the ground. The timing device can only detect chips that are 40 cm/15 inches from the ground or lower and therefore holding the chip in your hand is not enough. The ankle strap with the chip should be passed on to the next team member at each exchange point. If the team does not use the timing chip; no official time will be obtained.


All participants are rented a timing chip. The rent is included in the entry fee. After the run all participants have to return their chip to an assigned staff member of the Reykjavik Marathon. Staff members will be located in and around the finishing area as well as in our information center at Reykjavik Junior College (MR). Participants in the relay race need to return the chip as well as the ankle band. For the participant the chip is usable for this run only. But the chip can be activated again and again and is therefore of value to the race organizer. PARTICIPANTS ARE KINDLY ASKED TO RESPECT THIS RETURN POLICY for both cost and environmental reasons, thereby supporting reasonable pricing in future runs. The chip as well as the bib number have been registered to the participant and are only valid for that person. Deviations from that invalid the timing. If the chip is not returned the participant might be charged for it.


The staff collecting chips after the race will be holding signs like the ones on the photo above.

About Reykjavik Sports Union

The Reykjavik Sports Union was established in 1944 and is the association of sports clubs in Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Sports Union organizes six sports events every year: Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon in August, Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in July, Suzuki Midnight Sun Run and WOW Tour of Reykjavik in June, WOW Northern Lights Run in February and WOW Reykjavik International Games in January.