Using RunMeet with Fully Automatic Timing

AthleticRUNMEET supports FAT integration with FinishLynx Flash Timing, and Eagle Eye through RunMeet Local.

RunMeet Local is a Windows app which acts as the interface between RunMeet and your FAT software. It creates start lists and rosters for your FAT software to read, and uploads results (LIF) files saved by your FAT software to the RunMeet database.

Initial Setup

Download the RunMeet Local installer and follow the prompts to install the program. Then, open RunMeet Local and sign in using your AthleticNET email and password.

On the Setup 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 Refresh () 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 Start Lists Folder and select the folder where RunMeet Local will save start lists. Then, click Select Results Folder and select the folder where your FAT software will save results (LIF) files.

We strongly recommend you create a new folder on your computer for each meet you time. If you re-use the same folder, your FAT software may overwrite event and results files from a previous meet.
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 completed the intial setup, click either Listen Live or Manualy Upload Results Files.

Listen Live

After you click Listen Live, the screen will change to a log of all actions completed by RunMeet Local.

In Listen Live mode, RunMeet Local will:

  1. Write the following files to the Start Lists folder:
    • lynx.evt (EVT file) - a list of each event, round, and heat with the ID, lane assignment, and name of each athlete entered
    • lynx.ppl (PPL file) - a list of each athlete and their competitor number (if used)
    • lynx.sch (SCH file) - a list of each event, round and heat in the schedule
  2. Listen for changes to RunMeet athletes, events, and entries, then update the above files accordingly.
  3. Listen for changes to results (LIF) files in the Results folder. After your FAT software saves a results file to the Results folder, RunMeet Local will upload the file to the RunMeet database. Results from the uploaded LIF file may then be imported into the corresponding event in RunMeet.

Manually Upload Results Files

After you click Manually Upload Results, you'll see a list of results (LIF) files located in the Results Folder you chose on the Setup screen.

Select the files you'd like to upload by checking or unchecking the the boxes on the lefthand side of the list, then click Upload Files. RunMeet Local will push the selected results files to the RunMeet database.

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

FlashTiming recommends that you load RunMeet Local on your review computer or a third computer used for scoring.

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 RunMeet. Enter the number of lanes on your track. Click the Select Scoring Folder button and navigate to the folder you selected for your meet files when you configured RunMeet Local. Click Turn on folder discovery if you are using multiple computers.

FlashTiming Legacy Software: If you are using FlashTiming200 or FlashTiming60 then you will select Hy-Tek Meet Manager as your meet managment software.
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 races as you normally would. When you save an event in your FAT software (or otherwise add or modify a LIF file in the RunMeet Local Results folder), RunMeet Local will detect that a LIF file was added or modified, then attempt to upload the file to the RunMeet database.

When you see the message that an event was pushed to the database, the LIF file will be available to import into the corresponding RunMeet event.

If the RunMeet event has no results or Auto Import Result Files is set to On, and no potential issues were flagged (such as mismatches between entries in RunMeet and the LIF file, or invalid times in the LIF file), results from the LIF file will be automatically imported into the event.

Otherwise, you may manually import results from the LIF file by navigating to the corresponding event and heat in RunMeet and clicking the camera button . Once the event has times or other results (DNS, DNF, DQ, etc) for every participant, click Mark Complete to publish the results to the AthleticNET meet results page.

A purple highlight underneath a time indicates it was imported from your FAT system. To view the times imported from LIF file, make sure you're in Results (as opposed to Seeding) mode in RunMeet.

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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