For a road race, the passive system with disposable transponders on the back of the bib is the perfect solution. If start and finish are at the same place, chip times can be taken. Otherwise you will record gun times (don't worry, a few hundred participants cross the start line within a few seconds anyway). Alternatively, you can also rent a second system for the start.
For a small race, one single Passive System is absolutely sufficient. Set it up at the finish line and connect it to a laptop to receive all finish times automatically and in real time without any additional effort.
In RACE RESULT 12, use the template "Standard Event". This template is the perfect starting point and may already bring all you need.
20,000 runners on a legendary 20 km course. The race was timed with RACE RESULT passive systems and software.
Several months before the event:
Around one week (two weeks outside of the EU) before your desired delivery date:
After the event: