Here’s one thing I didn’t give much thought to: the timing chip. It’s supposed to be tied onto my shoelaces. Chances are, since I’m not wearing shoes on race day, I’ll probably leave my shoelaces at home too. I left a message at race headquarters: “Ummm, could someone call me back about where I’m supposed to wear my timing chip if I’m not wearing shoes?”. I am not expecting a call back since that message qualifies me to join the ranks of the other 11,597 people who are calling with annoying last minute race questions.
In Bermuda I know the timing guy who provides the chips for all the running races, so he hooks me up with a neoprene band to attach it to (usually with a friendly scolding: “you know, you can cut your feet running around without your shoes!”). In Minneapolis I don’t have any such connections and all my phone calls about this amusing issue have yielded no results.
I suppose I could tuck it in my underwear. It needs to be very close to the ground so that it registers on the mats when we run over them. My legs are only 27 inches long, so that is arguably quite close to the ground. Although then there is the issue of having a timing chip in my underwear. Uncomfortable, and really inconvenient if I forget about it at a port-a-potty and it falls out….so maybe not my underwear.
It looks like I’m going to have to fashion an anklet, 1988 style. Unless people have better suggestions….?