I have one, and it's not worth it, especially since I usually check the "I have my own chip" box on the forms, and then I actually forget the thing on race day, and they have to assign me a chip anyway. I thought it would be cool pfffft...Live and learn. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
I have my own. It was a present from one of my best friends when I was training for my first marathon. I told him that I didn't need one since I was only doing one race. He insisted. Guess he knows me ...<br><br>
I have never forgotten to bring it to a race and every time I put it on, I think about how much my friend believes in me and loves me.<br><br>
Funny thing about having my own chip ... Other racers look at me and think I'm a "serious" athlete, even comment on it ... Ha ha ha ha ha!!!<br><br>
Sally <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
I got it one year with my USAT membership. At the time, ChampionChip was the only chip timing system out there. Now there are more, and often the races I do are chip timed but not ChampionChip, so I can't use mine. I'd say skip the chip, but buy the $5 neoprene ankle strap. Much more comfy than the velcro or plastic straps they usually have at races.
I have one. It was given to me as a gift after 9-11 to honor those that died. I hate having to stop in the chute and take it off and wearing my own lets me walk on through without stopping.<br><br>
Lucy owns hers too. She bought the NYC marathon one as a reminder of the race.<br><br>
I have one, and IMHO its a big waste of money. Over half the races I do that use ChampionChip timing don't have a space on the sign-up to allow you to enter your own chip number. And then when I do remember to enter in my Chip number on the entry form, like at Boston last year, I forget to bring the chip with me and have to go through the effort of getting assigned a new chip.<br><br>
Well, I think just about every race I have done was ChampionChip AND they pretty much all had a place for your own chip. I don't think I'd ever forget it either, BUT I may skip it for now. It could be a good gift for me sometime. I already have my own ankle strap. My grandmother gave DH and I some extra money to buy our own chips, but we can use it toward our registration for our upcoming 10K instead. She won't know the difference.<br><br>
KC- Thanks for the tip on the site. I'll have to check it out.
Part of race preparation is making sure I have my chip, and also making sure it can be readily available when I do bag pick-up.<br><br>
Yes, the mental part of having my own chip is amazing since I've often had to go to races alone, even my HIM and my first marathon and I might even be going to IM Louisville alone too.<br><br>
Knowing that I'm wearing a chip from a friend who loves me reminds me that I will never be alone in my heart and I will always have his and other's support. This gift was his way of being with me at every race and that means so much to me.<br><br>
I have the neoprene ankle band ... super comfy. Get one.<br><br>
Only once I wasn't allowed to wear my own chip, at the Honolulu marathon, when they gave out "one-time-use" only chips as a souvenir and we were obliged to wear them (I wouldn't have had I had the choice).<br><br>
And I've only ever had to use one other timing system, this huge honking cumbersome card that I had to attach to my laces. Other than that, it was Championchip or no computerized timing system.<br><br>
You should also be aware that the Champion Chip technology is now old stuff. The new "disposable" chips, built into the race bib or otherwise, are gonna be spreading pretty quick over the next couple of years. They're dirt cheap so people don't have to return them - much cheaper for the RD's. Investing in a Champion Chip now might be a short term thing.
I agree, but what can we do? Boycott any race using disposables? Don't they get it? Are the disposable chips at least recyclable? I would hope so!<br><br>
I've decided not to buy a chip for now. I got set up on athlinks, and all my races are there. That's really all I wanted it for! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">