Using RunMeet with Fully Automatic Timing

AthleticNET RunMeet supports FAT integration with FinishLynx and Flash Timing. Once you download our middleware software, RunMeet 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 RunMeet, you'll need to download the middleware program RunMeet Local. RunMeet 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 RunMeet web interface for publication on AthleticNET.

Initial Setup

Once you've downloaded RunMeet 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 RunMeet has been activated. You'll see all future meets and meets from the past 30 days in the list.

You must have activated RunMeet and seeded the meet before the meet will be visible in this list. To activate RunMeet for a particular meet, see RunMeet: 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 RunMeet 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, RunMeet 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 RunMeet Local.
If you're running RunMeet Local on a separate computer than the computer you're timing on, you must not set the file locations in RunMeet Local as a network location, such as \\server\folder\folder, or RunMeet Local will be unable to monitor the selected location for results file changes. If you need to point RunMeet 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.

You may find that RunMeet Local is unable to select network drives immediately after being updated. If you encounter this, simply close and restart RunMeet Local to view network drives. This is due to the RunMeet Local updater being run with elevated permissions.

Once you've selected your meet and your file locations, click Start. The screen will change to a log of all actions completed by RunMeet Local. As soon as you click Start, RunMeet 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, RunMeet 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 RunMeet 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 RunMeet 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 RunMeet 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 RunMeet 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 RunMeet Local to use for results.

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

Timing an Event

AthleticRUNMEET Local is the conduit between your timing software and AthleticRUNMEET. The program should stay running in the background while your meet is ongoing.

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

As soon as you see the message that an event was pushed to the database, the results will appear in RunMeet 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 RunMeet 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 RunMeet are automatically and immediately processed by RunMeet Local and result in an immediate update to your start lists files. For more information on how to edit seeding in RunMeet, see RunMeet: Seeding

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