Event Services

Much More Than a Timing Company
Setting us apart in the industry

Founded in 1973, Dave’s Running Shop company is the first and oldest running store in Ohio

30 events owned or managed
endurance space
Road Runners Club of America
USA Triathlon
USA Track and Field
OHSAA
WHAC championship events

Apparel & Screen Printing

Embroidery & Promotional Needs with High Quality, Cost-conscious Options & In-house Design Team

Owned, Managed & Sponsored Events
School Athletics
Regional Partners

Start Line / Finish Line Area

Most races we work with accommodate starting corrals, waves and/or multiple events or distances within the race. The Glass City Marathon has three events between 13.1 and 26.2 miles each and four exchange zones that run simultaneously. The Dexter-Ann Arbor Run offers three events from 5k to a half marathon, all with different start lines, start times, but a common finish. We also manage and time many multi-sport events which that include unique and simultaneous swim and run starts, transition areas, expansive bike courses, and multiple distances.

  • Towers 18’ to 28’ Wide
  • Header Banner
  • Lower Banners for Sponsors
  • Trussing up to 32’ Wide
  • 4 Sides for Branding and Sponsor Recognition
  • 25% Blow Through Mesh
  • 4mm Coroplast Material
  • Photo Wall Typically 10×10
  • High Traffic
  • Valuable Asset for Photo Sponsor
Feather Flags

Many common event solutions for way-finding and experience enhancements are a big part of our capabilities too. These include elevated signs, custom and generic super flags, aluminum trussing and equipment configurable to meet any need. From start and finish line structures, photo walls, achievement bell and more, many creative options exist to add and enhance participant touch points.

  • Custom
  • Informational
  • Mile Markers
  • H20
  • Aid Stations
  • Medical
  • Solid Colors
Chip Timing / Race Scoring

Our limitless timing capabilities leverage the latest Chronotrack technology. This includes mini and pro-controllers, flashpoints, and the new AeroTrack reader. We own all of the equipment, eliminating a need to ship in intems, or borrow from third parties to satisfy your needs.

Results can be predefined based on specific goals: Run vs. walk, 10 mile vs. 5 mile, etc. Results can also include various data points from split mats set around the course. Publishing results in a consistent environment helps ensure customers are able to locate them year-after-year, maintaining another layer of customer satisfaction. We will provide the online results link that can be published anywhere and link to a single source.

  • Disposable Chip Timing
  • Split Mats
  • Verification Points
  • Announcer Line
  • Custom Quotes for Triathlon, Bike Racing and Cross Country
Industry Standard Technology

As an early adopter of RunSignup’s registration platform, we have utilized the technology for over a decade and maintain a close relationships and direct line of communication with their team to optimize the total race experience. We work with several national non-profits to integrate registration data, including Susan G Komen, American Heart Association and Girls on the Run. We have been a Chronotrack timer for as long and are on a first name basis with their team too.

Leveraging the RunSignup platform and on-staff photographers, we can offer instant photos that allow for watermarking and publishing immediately online. These photos are then attached via optical recognition of BIB numbers and can be categorized to different areas of the event to enhance searchibility. We regularly upload finish line video that also ties to a participant’s finish time. While we recommend RunSignup, we can support your use of Race Roster, or photographers of your choice.

It’s no surprise that we are a big fan of technology adoption to enhance operational effectiveness. We believe this all starts with BIB design. Ensuring proper fields are designed to help the customer and volunteers provide accurate race day instruction. Use of QR codes at packet pickup and dynamic BIB assigning for more efficient race day registration, and announcer mats are additional ways to enhance runners’ experiences throughout their expo visit. From registration to results, we evaluate the entire experience to identify, communicate and improve in all areas.

Course Operations

Organizational structure and commitment to excellence with 6 full time employees, 2 part time employees, and dozens of contract workers/event staff at its disposal have garnered us recognition as the 2023 RRCA Marathon National Championship race and Road Race Management Race Director of the Year, the 2024 USA Triathlon State Championship and other local accolades for community leadership.

Signature events include the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon in Toledo and the Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon in Southeast Michigan — for which we provide full production services including race management, volunteer coordination, course management, marketing services and timing/scoring. We also provide course operations and event consulting services, working closely with the University of Michigan at their annual Big House 5K.

  • Directional Sign Cades
  • Mile Marker Sign Cades
  • 18” Safety Cones
  • Barricade Fencing
  • A-frames
Staff Experience

Our crew is annually contracted for services at over 150 other events in the region, include for timing, course certification, course management, event structures, crisis management planning, photography and more. We maintain certifications and CEU’s with RRCA, USATF, USA Triathlon, Chronotrack, Race Day Scoring and others. Our staff is tenured and have no less than 4 years of event experience, with our lead timers exceeding 10 years and thousands of events under their belts.

DRS Timing • a Dave’s Running Co.

We are more than just a timing company. We produce full-scale events, have cross-functional and qualified staff, experienced, vendor, strategic partners and love what we do — all together focused on effective supply chain and operational efficiency to provide the most memorable, positive experience possible.