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.
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.
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.
\\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
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 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.
Run FinishLynx, and then select File Options, 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 File Goto 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.
Configuring Eagle Eye
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
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.
A purple highlight underneath a time means it was imported from your FAT system.
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