I recently ran a 10K in Houston. My chip time was fastest in the masters division, but another woman had a faster gun time. She was deemed the masters winner. I won the 45 to 49 division with a gun and chip time faster than the other competitors.
I just ran the Marine Corps Marathon, and my results only showed up online through 30K — something obviously went wrong with the timing system, and I am trying to sort it out. Does this technology always work? How often is it used? This was the first race for me where the timing system was on my bib.
It could be argued that during the past 110 years, more things have stayed the same with the B.A.A. Boston Marathon than have changed. Tradition is a very important asset of this venerable race. However, as time changes, so do many of the objectives, conditions, and issues surrounding an event of this magnitude.