Using Run Meet with Fully Automatic Timing

AthleticNET Run Meet supports FAT integration with FinishLynx and Flash Timing. Once you download our middleware software, Run Meet Local, results are imported to your meet once you save the video file!

If you're interested in using your existing FAT system in conjunction with Run Meet, you'll need to download the middleware program Run Meet Local. Run Meet Local acts as the interface between AthleticNET and your FAT software. It creates start lists and rosters for your FAT software to read, and then takes saved event results and sends them back to the Run Meet web interface for publication on AthleticNET.

Initial Setup

Once you've downloaded Run Meet Local, run the installer and follow the prompts to install the program. Once you start the program, you'll be prompted to sign in using your AthleticNET account. This makes it so the program can see what meets it should be capturing results for.

Enter the email address and password you use for your AthleticNET account, and click Sign In.

On the next screen, you'll be prompted to select a meet from a dropdown list. This will contain a list of meets for which Run Meet has been activated. You'll see all future meets and meets from the past 30 days in the list.

You must have activated Run Meet and seeded the meet before the meet will be visible in this list. To activate Run Meet for a particular meet, see Run Meet: Setup and Settings. Once you've activated and seeded the meet, click the Reload () icon to refresh the list of available meets.

Once you've selected your meet, you'll need to tell Run Meet Local where to save start lists to and read results from on your computer. Click Select next to the Start Lists and Results indicators and browse to the folder where you're keeping meet files.

We strongly recommend that you create a new folder on your computer for each meet you time. If you re-use the same folder, Run Meet Local may upload results from a previous meet that you timed. If you do not use a new folder for each meet you time, ensure that all files in the folder have been deleted before selecting the folder in Run Meet Local.
If you're running Run Meet Local on a separate computer than the computer you're timing on, you must not set the file locations in Run Meet Local as a network location, such as \\server\folder\folder, or Run Meet Local will be unable to monitor the selected location for results file changes. If you need to point Run Meet Local to files on another computer, you should map the network location as a network drive and assign it a drive letter such as X:\folder\folder.

Once you've selected your meet and your file locations, click Start. The screen will change to a log of all actions completed by the Run Meet Local. As soon as you click Start, Run Meet Local will produce the Roster (PPL), Event (EVT), and Schedule (SCH) that are in common use by FAT software to talk to meet management software.

Configure FAT Software

We'll cover how to configure the most common FAT software here, but in general, Run Meet Local uses a File Sharing interface to communicate with FAT software, and uses the same interface files as Hy-Tek Meet Manager.

Configuring FinishLynx

Run FinishLynx, and then select FileOptions, then navigate to the Database tab. Configure the following settings:

  • Data Source: Files
  • Code Set: Single Byte
  • Time Precision: Thousandths
  • Input/Output Directory: Select the same folder you chose above in Run Meet Local
  • Write LIF File: On
  • LIF File Name: Make no selections here
  • LIF Code Set: Single Byte

Once you've set the configuration, click OK.

In FinishLynx, select FileGoto Event, and then click on Load Schedule. Your events should be visible in the drop-down list. Select your first event, and start timing!

Configuring Flash Timing

From Flash Timing, click the menu icon () in the top left, and then click Configure Meet.

Under Scoring Options, select your meet management software as Hy-Tek Meet Manager. Click the Select Scoring Folder button and navigate to the folder you selected for your meet files when you configured Run Meet Local.

For more information on configuring Flash Timing software, visit Flash Timing's website.

Configuring Eagle Eye

Ensure that you're running Eagle Eye version or newer. Older versions of the Eagle Eye software may not create results files properly. Contact Eagle Eye for the latest version of their software.

Once Run Meet Local is running and the EVT, SCH, and PPL files have been exported, run the Eagle Eye software. On the right hand side, select the Race Results tab, and then select Import.

Navigate to the folder that you've configured Run Meet Local to use for Start Lists, and select the EVT file for the meet.

The Events list should populate with the list of races. Select the race to view the entrants. Assign the times to each athlete, and then click Save Times underneath the list of participants. Save the LIF to the folder you've configured Run Meet Local to use for results.

Once the LIF is saved, Run Meet Local will automatically detect the new results file and upload it to Run Meet.

Timing an Event

Time the race as you normally would. When you save the event, Run Meet Local will parse the LIF (results) file that your FAT software creates and upload the results to Run Meet on AthleticNET.

As soon as you see the message that an event was pushed to the database, the results will appear in Run Meet under the Results tab with a to indicate the results were brought from a FAT system. Once the event has times or other results (i.e., DNS, DNF, DQ, etc) for every participant, you can click Mark Complete to publish the results to your AthleticNET meet page immediately.

If you correct the results for a particular heat in your timing software, you can revert to a previous version of the results by clicking on the camera icon (). This will allow you to select previous versions of the results.

A purple highlight underneath a time means it was imported from your FAT system.

No internet connection during your meet? No sweat! Once Run Meet Local creates the roster, schedule, and event files, you can disconnect from the internet and time your meet. Once you restore an internet connection to your timing computer, all saved results will be uploaded.

Updating Start Lists

Any changes you make to the meet's seeding in Run Meet are automatically and immediately processed by Run Meet Local and result in an immediate update to your start lists files. For more information on how to edit seeding in Run Meet, see Run Meet: Seeding

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