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BOSTON MARATHON GOES HIGH TECH WITH SENSOR TRACKING PROCESS
Published March 31, 1998
Next month's Boston Marathon will feature "the most sophisticated minute-by-minute monitoring ever in a road race, with electronic sensors tracking the progress of runners every 5 kilometers, then instantaneously feeding that information to TV viewers and Web site watchers," according to Larry Tye of the BOSTON GLOBE. At 5K intervals, runners will cross 25-foot rubber mats that contain electronic equipment capable of recognizing the computer chip in their shoes and recording their time to that point. That information will be fed to the three local TV stations covering the race live. Through the official Web site, bostonmarathon.org, Internet watchers will be able to monitor the times at each 5K mark for race leaders, and should be able to get information on any entrant by plugging in the name or race number. The new setup "is not unduly expensive, adding $50,000 to the $50,000 organizers paid for the less extensive computer tracking system they have used the last two years" (Larry Tye, BOSTON GLOBE, 3/31).