Body Marking

Body Marking

Post by TriathRon Gilcreas » Sun, 30 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

>When you're doing something you shouldn't (like drafting) it's kind of
>hard for an official to query the chip from the back of a motorcycle.
>Also, all those extremely fit people going abouit on a Sunday afternoon
>with numbers on their arms and legs are great PR for the sport.

Not to mention a badge of honor - I 'had trouble' getting the numbers off
the backs of my hands for a week after my first tri . . .

Co-worker:'What's that on your hands?'
Me: 'Oh (in a nonchalant tone) . . . that . . . I did a triathlon this
weekend and they mark your body with indelible ink. It should wear off in a
week or so'
Co-worker: 'Triathlon? Really?'
. . . . and Ron's off into The Story Of His Triathlon

TriathRon 'of course, I could have just put the numbers on my hands without
doing the race . . . ' Gilcreast

 
 
 

Body Marking

Post by Phil Squir » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00

This should probably be in the FAQ but isn't.

I have just come home from  swim workout where one of the swimmers in
another group  was looking through a tri mag and he asked me why triathletes
have their race numbers written on their bodies in felt tip?

I said "Well...it's for when someone drowns during the open water swim, it's
easier for the rescue services to identify the body after it's been in the
water for a few days..."

The truth is I don't know, why do we have body marking?

Phil

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Body Marking

Post by Iron Pe » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
>This should probably be in the FAQ but isn't.

>I have just come home from  swim workout where one of the swimmers in
>another group  was looking through a tri mag and he asked me why triathletes
>have their race numbers written on their bodies in felt tip?

>I said "Well...it's for when someone drowns during the open water swim, it's
>easier for the rescue services to identify the body after it's been in the
>water for a few days..."

>The truth is I don't know, why do we have body marking?

>Phil

In the early days of course, they used it for the officials to identify
athletes in the water, but with almost everyone using wetsuits nowadays, with
the arms and legs blocking these numbers, I don't see why it's needed. I think
it's more tradition than anything..how do you break something that was
traditionally done since the beginning of our sport? :-)

I have one small story to share. Two or three years ago, in the hectic morning
before one of my more important races (an Ironman qualifier), I was so busy
getting everything together in my transition area for the race that I just
forgot to get bodymarked. I didn't realize this until halfway through the swim!
When it dawned on me I was hoping the number on my swim cap would be adequate
enough in case anyone finds out. Truth is, nobody knew that day, even friends
that I conversed with later that day!

A lot more triathlons require your number to be on your cap as well when in the
water. Much more effective when one is wearing a wetsuit! :-)

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Body Marking

Post by Diane Tarve » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00

At our local events, the body marking helps us identify athletes for
timing purposes. We time splits as well as finish times.
I also use to mark our kids with the same number as my husband when he
raced out of town, just in case they became lost. Maybe somebody would
figure out that 199.5 belonged to #199. Thankfully, we never had to find
out. But, the kids always thought it was neat.

Body marking is also used by the officials out on the course.

At our Scout's Pinewood Derby, I marked the children's hand with the car
number assigned so that when we called car #5 and #6, the children would
all check their hand to see if it was their turn. It worked really well
but they all looked at me funny when I started to write on their hand!
The other scout leaders thought it was strange at first also but
realized how it made the race go more smoothly. That is what happens
when a race director organizes a Pinewood Derby - we did body marking!

Diane Tarver

http://Tri-Specialties.com

Quote:

> This should probably be in the FAQ but isn't.

> I have just come home from  swim workout where one of the swimmers in
> another group  was looking through a tri mag and he asked me why triathletes
> have their race numbers written on their bodies in felt tip?

> I said "Well...it's for when someone drowns during the open water swim, it's
> easier for the rescue services to identify the body after it's been in the
> water for a few days..."

> The truth is I don't know, why do we have body marking?

> Phil

> _____________________________________________________________
> Phil Squire
> http://w1.116.telia.com/%7Eu11602093/index.htm

 
 
 

Body Marking

Post by Treemos » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Body marking is a holdover from the early days and does help a bit in
identifying people especially considering that oftentimes people do not wear
their numbers on the bike, and may have them around to the back on the run.

The BEST numbering is at the XTerras where they use a stamp fo reach number
(1-9) and thus each number is exactly the same.

The BEST markings are the ones that show ages or age groups on the bacl of the
calf. This should (IMHO) be a USAT requirement.

I remember my first tri and how I felt to be numbered. Unfortunately it wa the
night before and it all ended up on the sheets that night.

Ken

 
 
 

Body Marking

Post by Dav » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Ha ha funny story about the Scouts.  I really do like the numbering
which shows age group on the back of the calf.  Makes it so much fun
to people-watch.  Also, forces you to display proper respect &
adulation when being passed by someone 20 years your senior.

- Dave

On Sun, 30 Jan 2000 10:23:51 -0600, Diane Tarver

Quote:

>At our local events, the body marking helps us identify athletes for
>timing purposes. We time splits as well as finish times.
>I also use to mark our kids with the same number as my husband when he
>raced out of town, just in case they became lost. Maybe somebody would
>figure out that 199.5 belonged to #199. Thankfully, we never had to find
>out. But, the kids always thought it was neat.

>Body marking is also used by the officials out on the course.

>At our Scout's Pinewood Derby, I marked the children's hand with the car
>number assigned so that when we called car #5 and #6, the children would
>all check their hand to see if it was their turn. It worked really well
>but they all looked at me funny when I started to write on their hand!
>The other scout leaders thought it was strange at first also but
>realized how it made the race go more smoothly. That is what happens
>when a race director organizes a Pinewood Derby - we did body marking!

>Diane Tarver

>http://Tri-Specialties.com


>> This should probably be in the FAQ but isn't.

>> I have just come home from  swim workout where one of the swimmers in
>> another group  was looking through a tri mag and he asked me why triathletes
>> have their race numbers written on their bodies in felt tip?

>> I said "Well...it's for when someone drowns during the open water swim, it's
>> easier for the rescue services to identify the body after it's been in the
>> water for a few days..."

>> The truth is I don't know, why do we have body marking?

>> Phil

>> _____________________________________________________________
>> Phil Squire
>> http://w1.116.telia.com/%7Eu11602093/index.htm

 
 
 

Body Marking

Post by Chuck Amsle » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> In the early days of course, they used it for the officials to
> identify athletes in the water, but with almost everyone using
> wetsuits nowadays, with the arms and legs blocking these numbers, I
> don't see why it's needed.  ...<snip>...

Geographical perspective is interesting. My wife and/or I did about a
dozen tri's last year, all USAT races with Officials to measure the
water temp and make sure that the wetsuit rules were followed, all in
the Southeast or Florida regions (most of Florida is its own USAT
Region) beginning (with St A's) in April and ending in October. Wetsuits
were legal in exactly 1 of those races (Gulf Coast). I Officiated rather
than raced that one and used my wetsuit about once per year for the
preceeding several (once being in Chicago). The body marking is very
important coming off the swim in races that do splits but do not use the
ChampionChip (assuming that you want your swim and bike splits). As a
guy who is covered with dark hair (with the increasing exception of the
area above my eyes and ears...) I even take my own, very heavy and wide
marker to help make sure the timers get me and try to yell out my number
as I go by them. (My wife and I almost always mark each other after we
see the pattern being used. This often saves a significant bit of time
waiting in line.)

I suspect that my perspective also differs from Pete in that the
majority of my races are sprints or international distance so (with one
exception for warmth in the last few years) I'm not putting on a singlet
or jersey for the bike. Most small and many medium size races don't
provide bike numbers so in those races, my only numbers on the bike are
those written on me. (I put on a race number belt as I'm running out of
T2.)

I'd also agree with Ken that the age or age group designations most
races have written on the calf are very useful. I'll also echo Ken in
wishing that they were mandatory.

Summary: from my perspective, it isn't an anachronism at all!

  -- Chuck

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Body Marking

Post by Chuck Amsle » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> ...<snip>... Wetsuits
> were legal in exactly 1 of those races (Gulf Coast)....

Details, details. They were legal in exactly 2 races. The other was a
sprint with a 400 m swim, going with the moderately strong longshore
current, and with a water temperature of 77F. Almost everyone, myself
included, went without a wetsuit (even though many of us, myself also
included, had one with us).

  -- Chuck

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   Department of Biology,  University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Body Marking

Post by John Laning » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00

It is still used at some races for recording split times.

Another reason, often overlooked, is for race photographers to identify the
pictures they took....

John

Quote:

> This should probably be in the FAQ but isn't.

> I have just come home from  swim workout where one of the swimmers in
> another group  was looking through a tri mag and he asked me why triathletes
> have their race numbers written on their bodies in felt tip?

> I said "Well...it's for when someone drowns during the open water swim, it's
> easier for the rescue services to identify the body after it's been in the
> water for a few days..."

> The truth is I don't know, why do we have body marking?

> Phil

> _____________________________________________________________
> Phil Squire
> http://w1.116.telia.com/%7Eu11602093/index.htm

 
 
 

Body Marking

Post by Butch Forsy » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
(Treemoss2) writes:
>The BEST markings are the ones that show ages or age groups on the bacl of
>the
>calf. This should (IMHO) be a USAT requirement.

This can be real humbling. A few years back at the San Jose Int'l tri I was
passed on the run by an "older" female athlete. I thought, "Oh well, this is
only my second tri." Then I thought some more and realized "My god, I started
25 minutes before she did and we haven't even hit the turnaround".

Like I said.........Humbling

Butch "I never get lost on a race, there's always lotsa people to follow"
Forsyth

 
 
 

Body Marking

Post by Andrew Dunca » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Quote:


> > ...<snip>... Wetsuits
> > were legal in exactly 1 of those races (Gulf Coast)....

> Details, details. They were legal in exactly 2 races. The other was a
> sprint with a 400 m swim, going with the moderately strong longshore
> current, and with a water temperature of 77F. Almost everyone, myself
> included, went without a wetsuit (even though many of us, myself also
> included, had one with us).

Oh, man...the water never got above 65 here (Santa Barbara) all last
summer, and was usually considerably colder. It was just a bit above 50
for my first race. And looks like more cool water for the next...ten
years or so, I just read. Good thing I got the long-sleeve model...

Andrew

 
 
 

Body Marking

Post by John Walter » Mon, 31 Jan 2000 04:00:00

At my first race they announced each person as they approached the finish line -
aided, doubtlessly, by the numbering system.  What a thrill to hear your name
after a first effort!
I also think it's kind of a mark of pride for the next couple of days until it
wears off; people look at your legs and arms funny, and friends ask about that
fading number...
Quote:

> This should probably be in the FAQ but isn't.

> I have just come home from  swim workout where one of the swimmers in
> another group  was looking through a tri mag and he asked me why triathletes
> have their race numbers written on their bodies in felt tip?

> I said "Well...it's for when someone drowns during the open water swim, it's
> easier for the rescue services to identify the body after it's been in the
> water for a few days..."

> The truth is I don't know, why do we have body marking?

> Phil

> _____________________________________________________________
> Phil Squire
> http://w1.116.telia.com/%7Eu11602093/index.htm

 
 
 

Body Marking

Post by Curloo Bicycle » Tue, 01 Feb 2000 04:00:00

I always thought of it as a form of war paint.

You could be really unlucky and do a triathlon in the morning and then
decide to go for a Bungy jump after lunch, they set the Bungy cord by your
weight.  You weight 150, your race number was 100......... SPLAT !!!!

Good tip, dont turn up to a local race early to get a good number. I got the
start time of a local Triathlon wrong and arrived an hour before anyone
else. My race number was #1, cool ! only trouble was Brad Beven turned up
early as well and got #2. No need to say number one seed got his ass kicked
in a big way.

Lloyd

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Quote:
> This should probably be in the FAQ but isn't.

> I have just come home from  swim workout where one of the swimmers in
> another group  was looking through a tri mag and he asked me why
triathletes
> have their race numbers written on their bodies in felt tip?

> I said "Well...it's for when someone drowns during the open water swim,
it's
> easier for the rescue services to identify the body after it's been in the
> water for a few days..."

> The truth is I don't know, why do we have body marking?

> Phil

> _____________________________________________________________
> Phil Squire
> http://w1.116.telia.com/%7Eu11602093/index.htm

 
 
 

Body Marking

Post by Mike Bund » Tue, 01 Feb 2000 04:00:00

Races that don't use chip timing, largely rely on body marking for swim
split times and for announcers benefit. However, at races that use
chip-timing... beat the hell outa me why we still need it -- and it's *SUCH*
a hassle first thing in the morning to queue up, strip off, and get
numbered -- especially if it's cold.

-- MB.


Quote:
> This should probably be in the FAQ but isn't.

> I have just come home from  swim workout where one of the swimmers in
> another group  was looking through a tri mag and he asked me why
triathletes
> have their race numbers written on their bodies in felt tip?

> I said "Well...it's for when someone drowns during the open water swim,
it's
> easier for the rescue services to identify the body after it's been in the
> water for a few days..."

> The truth is I don't know, why do we have body marking?

> Phil

> _____________________________________________________________
> Phil Squire
> http://w1.116.telia.com/%7Eu11602093/index.htm

 
 
 

Body Marking

Post by Mike Bund » Tue, 01 Feb 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
> ... people look at your legs and arms funny ...

Yeah, they're all thinking... "check the dork with the numbers!!"

-- MB -- I've occassionally forgotten to wash them off.