Setting up Results

In Zone4’s flexible results system you can build multiple public or private results sets. As with Start and Course Groups you can define result groups using multiple fields from your registration form. Registration form fields for racers can also be displayed  on result sets. 

When should I create my events result set(s)?

It is highly recommended to build your results sets well before your race. Although you can edit most aspects of your results during your event not having your result sets built ahead of time will add un-needed stress on race day as well as limit your ability to provide live results.

Creating a Results Set

Navigate to the Results tab of Zone4 Timing and click the “Create a Results Set” as shown below.  The first time you visit this page, if there are no results sets defined by the race format you’ll be skipped straight past this step and into the result options.

A result set is primarily a way of grouping racers, so the first step in creating a result set is to define how the racers are grouped.  Depending on how the race was set up, you’ll see options for All Racers in One List (which should be fairly self-explanatory), and Define Groups based off racer fields which allows you to create custom groupings based off any option fields in the race – for example, if you have an age category and gender field defined for the race, you can create racer groups based off those two fields to split racers into age and gender categories.  If you have previously split racers into Course Groups or Start Groups you will also see options to use those groups as your result groups. 

One thing to be aware of when creating result groups is that racers from different course groups can never be combined into the same result group, as it wouldn’t make sense for people who completed one course to be ranked against people who completed a totally different course.

Configuring a Result Set

Once you have created your result groups you will then want to Configure your results set.

First select the “Configure” button as shown below.

On this page you will be able to configure all the settings for a result set.

Editing Result Groups

Result groups are automatically named and ordered based on the fields used to create them.  You can rename, merging them, remove and re-ordering them as necessary. 

Removing Result Groups

When defining your result groups you may have created groups that are unwanted for your results set. You can delete these groups by clicking the Edit this Group button beside a racer group, and then selecting the Remove this group option in the More Options menu.

Re-naming Groups

Once groups have been created you may want to re-name them. The fields you have used to define groups will be added to their name by default, so depending on how result groups were set up you may end up with very long result group names. To rename a group, simply type in a new name in the list.

Re-ordering Result Groups

If the result groups are created in a different order than you wanted, they can be re-ordered by clicking and dragging on the handle at the far left of each row – your cursor will turn into a four-direction arrow.

Merging Result Groups

As is the case with Start Groups and Course Groups, you can merge Result Groups together if the groups created are more specific than you require. However, on results this can only be done with groups of racers who are in the same Course Groups, as racers competing on different courses cannot be ranked in the same results group.

To merge result groups, find the option in the More… menu and then select the checkbox beside all the groups you would like to combine.

Creating new racer groups

If you realize that you have used the wrong fields or change your mind as to how you want to define your results groups you can choose to re-define them by selecting the options pictured below.

Result Display Options

Results Title

It is important to give your results set a clear title especially if you have multiple results sets as this is what will be displayed to the public. Keep in mind that “Results” can be an appropriate title.

Some events like to have a banner image at the top of their results sets where they can display the races logo or event sponsors. Here you can choose to upload an image or use the same one from your Start List if one was used there (as is often the case this XC skiing events). Below is an example of a banner being displayed on the public results.

Extra Header Information

Some sports such as Cross-Country Skiing, Cycling or Triathlon may require having extra race information displayed at the top of your results set such as Jury and Weather. You can set a custom header field or use one from your start list if you have made one there. Pictured below is an example of what your header may look like on the public side.

Racer Display Options

Racer fields

It is generally recommended to display some racer fields on your results set to give a  little more info on individual racers.  What you choose to display will depend on the racer data that you have from registration and the norms of your particular sport or event. As a general guide it is recommended to display Racer # (this will help you when it comes to timing your race). Other commonly displayed fields are; City, Province, Country and Club.

Some fields from your registration will contain personal information such as phone number, email address and postal code. Be sure not to display any of these fields on your public results sets.

Use the drop down menu to select your desired fields. Once you have added fields you will be able to re-order them using the drag handles shown below.

Pictured below is an example of what the added fields will look like on the public side of your result set.

Time Calculation Options

For most races the option you choose here will simply follow the race format – for mass start races you will select the “Use recorded mass start time” option and for individual start races you will select the “Use recorded individual start time”.  However, in some races both a mass start time and an individual start time are recorded (commonly referred to as a “gun start” and “chip start” time, respectively).  If you want to produce “chip time” results at a mass start race, you will want to calculate times using the recorded individual start time.

Additional Features for Multiple lap or Multiple Timing Point Race

Depending on your race format you’ll seee other options to control which splits are displayed on the results – for example, a triathlon race will ask whether you want to display transition times, and a multi-lap race will ask if you want to display lap times.

Additional Result Documentation

There’s a multitude of different ways you can set up your results. Many races will make more then one results set or choose to have atimed segment on their course. Guides on how to setup theses various options are liked to below.


It’s best to set up results and results sets before race day in order to reduce stress on the day of the event. Once you’re done setting up results review your different results sets to make sure they’re set up the way you want them to be.

Updated on October 11, 2018

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