Creating Multiple Results Sets

For most races, Zone4 Timing will automatically create three default sets of results for you: age group, overall, and gender results. You can create as many other custom result sets as you need by clicking the Create a New Result Set button at the top of the page. If you do not want to use the preset results the system creates for you, simply click the “hide” button beside each result set to get rid of it.

Why would I need multiple results sets?

For many races, a single set of results is sufficient.  However, for certain race formats it can be helpful (or critical) to be able to publish multiple perspectives on the race.  For Example:

  • Overall Results: Many races such as running races, triathlons and Loppets choose to have an overall Results set usually defined only by the distance that racers competed in such as 5km, 10km or Half Marathon.
  • Age Group Results: Most races have age group results where racers are ranked within a group based on their age and gender. More information on how to set these up can be found here.
  • Timed Segments: Many races choose to have a timed segment on course such as King of the Mountain or a Timed Descent in addition to the overall race time. See here for more information on timed segments.
  • Chip Time and Gun Time Results: It is common in large running races to publish an alternate result set showing times from when a racer’s chip was recorded at the start line, vs their time from when the gun went off and the clock started.

Private Results 

You don’t need to make all results sets public – there may be some results sets that will be useful on the admin side, but are not relevant for the general public.

  • Printing Results: If your race has more lap times than can fit on the width of a page, you can make a second set of results that shows less information so that it prints nicely.
  • Awards Results: Race organizers often ask for printed results for awards presentations. You can limit the number of racers in each results group to the top few (you can choose the exact number) and include racer fields that are relevant for the awards presentation. See here for details on how to create awards results.
  • All Times Results: In more complex race setups you may have minor timing points that are not shown on your public results set. It may be helpful for racer tracking or checking for cheaters to have a private results set where these times are shown.
  • Commentator Results: Race commentators may have specific requests as to what information they may want to have available to them during the race, for example if the race registration asked registrants for interesting information about themselves.

Tips for Multiple Result Sets

  • Clear Naming: All result sets should have different names that clearly state what they’re intended for.  You do not need to include the race name in your result set name.
  • Consistent Configuration: Try to use similar settings in the “Configure” results page for each results set you create. This is especially important for “Published” result sets. 

Once you have multiple results sets they will all be visible on your “Manage Results” page. Here you can use the drag handles (circled below) next to each set to re-order them. It is recommended to have any “Published” sets at the top with “Not Published” results sets below. This will help to keep your race organized.

The ordering of “Published” results also matters. It is recommended to place the most important results set (the one racers will be more interested in seeing) at the top. The first public result set will be the first one users will see when they navigate to the results for your event from Zone4.ca, and and other public result sets will only be available behind a “Other Results” menu.

Sub Category Rankings


As well as having multiple result sets you can show racer rankings in “sub-rankings” on a results set. One possible use of this would be if you have overall results for an event, but also want to show racers Gender Ranking. This ranking may not be important enough to have it’s own published result set, but may be relevant enough to show as a sub-ranking on another results set.

To have a sub ranking first “Create a New Result Set” where racers are sorted into groups relevant to the your desired sub-category ranking. An example of this is pictured below.

This results set will now be able to be shown as a field on another results set as shown below.

Their ranking will now be displayed as field as shown below.

Though it is possible to display a racers “Age Group” ranking this way, most races prefer to have a separate published results set for “Age Groups”.

Updated on 2019-06-19

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