We had the opportunity to talk with our Timers, Fernando and Aníbal, from the Bahía Corre team in Argentina, and together they have over 8 years of experience timing all kinds of races!
1. Tell us a little about Nice Work and how it started. When did you decide to time events yourself? What were your biggest challenges when you first started timing? What have you learned?
Bahía Corre was born after the increase in sporting events, but especially after the increase in running events. In 2009, we built our first LED clock, bought an inflatable arc, a tent, and we started timing events manually with a very simple program. We learned a lot during this time and we really believed it was necessary to prove to ourselves that we could become Timers at a time when the task was not well known or talked about.
2. How did you find out about our company and what made you decide to work with us?
When we had events of more than 300 participants, we saw ourselves with the necessity of making the finish line less congested and thus we started to look for a solution and found Macsha in the process. We set up a meeting in our offices in Bahía Blanca and thanks to it we saw that we would have everything we needed at the palm of our hands, like timing systems, antennas, and technical support.
3. How did you become such a successful Timer? How has your relationship with Macsha been throughout these years of growth for you?
Our work has been fundamentally based on taking every event with a lot of responsibility, always having every detail of each race present at all times. The greatest advice that we have received was that of Pedro Maccarone, Co-Founder of Macsha, during our first meeting: “you should take a race of 100 participants with the same seriousness and commitment as you would a race of 3.000 participants”, and this is very real given that each event organizer has high expectations of their respective events.
Macsha was present during each and every one step of our team’s growth. It can be said that we both grew together, as neighbors and as friends. Soon after starting to work with Macsha, the disposable chip revolution made its way to Argentina and the experience was like no other. We even got the opportunity to bring our own opinion and experiences to Macsha, all of which was of great use for both of our teams.
4. We know you have timed a lot of races. Can you tell us a little about how you have managed to grow within your position? How have you grown personally and as a team member?
We grew without a hurry, but always in a constant way, to the point where we timed 86 events last year, averaging out 7 races per month. Our workload grew faster than our team did, and we recognized that as a mistake, given that we only had 2 Timers to handle all of the equipment and events. Today, Martina is also part of the team, but at that time having only 2 Timers brought us some problems when Anibal had health problems. Which, unfortunately for us, meant that we were forced to cancel or transfer some of our events during that period of time.
Technology wise, we’ve been upgrading our systems and acquiring new ones as time has gone by and today we have an Ocelot (2015), 2 One (2016) and one box (2017) which we make available to all of our event organizers. For 7 consecutive years, on January 5th, we’ve successfully timed the Reyes en B race, as well as Blanca, which had over 3.000 participants. Also, in recent years, we’ve timed the event that is organized by NBA player, Manu Ginóbili, that brought together more than 3.000 competitors to the finish line.
5. You are a great example for anybody who is interested in becoming a Timer. Do you have any advice for potential Timers that you wish somebody told you when you first started?
The greatest advice we can give to any Timer is to observe and ask questions. If we believe that we can know it all by timing 5 or 6 events we are going to make mistakes. We always have something new to learn, and lastly, don’t be afraid of owning up to your mistakes because you can also learn from them.
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