Setting up Results

In Zone4’s flexible results system you can build multiple public or private results sets. Here you will learn how to configure results sets that are specific to your race. 

What is a Result Set?

Result Group: A group of racers whose times will be compared to determine racer rankings within the group. For example, if you have a 5k and a 10k race, for your overall results, two result groups will be created — one for the 5k and one for the 10k.

Result Set: This includes the results for all the result groups defined in a certain way. Age group results, gender results and overall results are the most common result sets.

When should I create my event’s result set(s)?

It is highly recommended that you build your results sets well before your race. Not having your result sets built ahead of time will add un-needed stress on race day and limit your ability to provide live results. However, you are able to edit most aspects of your result sets during your race if you choose.

Creating a Result Set

The first step in setting up your result sets is to navigate to the Results tab of Zone4 Timing. To do this click the Results button at the top of your page.

Once you are in the results tab you will see suggestions for a few common result sets you can create.

If you don’t want to use one of these result sets then you can remove it by clicking the red Hide button.

If you want to create one of these result sets click on its name. This opens the Create a Result Set window. Here you can view the result groups that will be created. Click the Create this Result Set button in the bottom right hand corner.

You will now be in the Configure Results window.

Configuring a Result Set

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

If you are not already in the Configure Results window, then select the Configure button beside the desired result set as shown below.

In this new window you will be able to rename your result set, change your result’s visibility, edit your result groups, change the racer display options and chose your time calculation options.

Editing Result Groups

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

Removing Result Groups

When defining your result groups you may have created groups that are unnecessary for your results set. You have 2 options to remove these groups:

  1. You can hide groups of racers from your result list by clicking the check mark in the Show column.

2. You can delete racer groups by first clicking on the Edit button.

Then select More Options in the bottom left corner of the window and click Delete This Group from the drop down menu.

Re-naming Groups

Once groups have been created you may want to rename them. To rename a group, simply type the new name into the Group Name area.

Re-ordering Result Groups

If the result groups are created in a different order than you want them to be displayed, they can be re-ordered.

To do this, move your mouse to the left of the group name. Your cursor will turn into a four-direction arrow. Click and hold down, then drag the result group to the desired position.

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, for results you can only merge groups of racers who are in the same Course Groups, since racers competing on different courses cannot be ranked in the same results group.

To merge result groups, click the More… button in the top right of your window and then select Merge Racer Groups.

From here you can check the checkbox beside all the groups you would like to combine. Then click Merge.

Creating new racer groups

If you realize that you have used the wrong fields or changed your mind about the separation of your result groups you can re-define them.

To do this, click the More… button in the top right of your window and then select Create New Racer Groups.

This will bring you back to the beginning of the result set set up.

Result Display Options

Results Title

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

Header Options: Banner Image

Some events like to have a banner image at the top of their result sets where they can display the race’s 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. Below is an example of a banner being displayed on the public results.

To add an image scroll down to the Header Options section, then select the Banner Image option you would like.

Header Options: 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.

To add header information, select the option you want from the Extra Header Information section.

If Set custom header fields is selected you will be able to add and delete text boxes where you can type in the desired information.

Racer Display Options

Racer fields

It is generally recommended that you display some racer fields on your results set to give a little more information about each racer. What you choose to display will depend on the racer data you have and the norms of your sport. As a general guide, Racer # is usually displayed as this helps when timing your race. Other commonly displayed fields are: Age Group, 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 Select a field to include to select your desired fields. You can re-order your fields by using the drag handles to left of the field to drag and drop the field into place. You can also delete fields by clicking the red X beside the desired field.

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

Time Calculation Options

It is important to define how you are calculating your final racer times in your result set. In Zone4 Timing you have 2 options:

Use the Group Start Time: This option is used for mass start or “gun start” races, where a racer’s total time is calculated from the overall recorded start time to the time they cross the finish line. Generally this is used if you are using a phone as a start device.

Use the individual Start Time: This is used for individual start races or mass start races that are “chip start”. The racer’s total time will be calculate from the time they cross the start line to the time they cross the finish line. Generally this is used if you are using an activator as a start device.

Viewing your Result Set

At any point when you are configuring your results set you can view it by clicking the View Results button in the top left hand corner.

If you are in the main result section, you can view your results by clicking the words View Results beside the desired result set.

Both of these options brings up a window that displays your result set as the public will see it.

Deleting Result Sets

If you no longer want a certain result set, you are able to delete it by:

  1. Clicking Configure

2. Clicking More… and selecting Delete this result set

Creating a New Result Set

If you wish to add additional more specific results sets click the Create a New Results Set button as shown below. 

The Create a Results Set window will open. In this window you can add a name for your new results set, by typing it into the Result Set Name text box. You can also define how this result set will be separated using the Racer Grouping options.

Here there are three options for grouping results sets:

Group racers by start order: This option will separate your result groups based off of their start groups. Your groups will be separated based off of both your start and course groups if your start groups are different from your course groups.

Group racers by timing setup: This option will separate your result groups solely based off of their course groups. This is good for overall results.

Group racers by custom fields: This option allows you to choose what fields are used to split your result groups. This allows you to create result sets that are specific to the needs of your race.

If you chose Group racers by custom fields you will see a drop down menu Add Racer Group Field appear below the options.

You will see that some result groups have already been created. These are based off your course groups. This is done because racers from different course groups should NEVER be combined into the same result group. It wouldn’t make sense for people who completed one course to be ranked against people who completed a totally different course.

You can use this drop down menu to select the field(s) that you want to use to separate your result groups. You can also delete fields by click the red X to the right of the field name.

You are able to select or un-select the groups in your result set by clicking the check box to the left of the group names.

Another useful tool to be aware of is the Un-Check Groups with No Racers option. This will remove all groups with no racers from your result set so that you don’t have to manually go through and do it your self.

When you are satisfied with your result groups, create them by clicking the Create these Groups button in the bottom right corner of the window.

This will bring you to the Configure Results window and you can follow the steps above to configure your results the way you want.

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 a timed segment on their course. Guides on how to setup theses various options are liked to below.


Now you are able to successfully create and configure result sets. It’s best to set up results 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.

The final thing to learn about Zone4 Timing before your race is the Timing page. You can find information about the Timing page by clicking here.

Updated on 2019-06-28

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