Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Trainer Chipping In

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Trainer Chipping In

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Among the 37,000 runners in the historic 100th Boston Marathon

on April 15 will be Jacksonville Jaguars head athletic trainer,

Michael Ryan.

He hopes to finish in 2 hours, 45 min utes -- a lofty goal

considering his bib number is 36,592. Thirty to 35 minutes will

have passed on the "official" clock be fore the last batch of

runners, which will include Ryan, cross the starting line in

Hopkinton, Mass.

But thanks to a tiny, nearly weightless computer chip he'll tie

on his shoe laces, he and Boston Marathon officials will know

his "real" time even though he'll be starting from the back of

the pack.

Although traditional timing methods will remain in place for

backup, the chip, called the Champion Chip, will be the primary

source for timing runners over the 26.2-mile race. Computerized

controllers stationed at the start, halfway point and finish

line will detect the unique identification code of the chip as

runners cross a thin carpet that contains antennas, according to

the Boston Athletic Association. …

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