What do DNS, DNF, DQ stand for?

You may have heard these acronyms thrown around during racing events. But what do these acronyms stand for?

DNS – This stands for Did Not Start. This status accorded to race participants who were not detected at the start line during their category’s allocated start time. Race participants accorded this status is also not detected by the checkpoints or finish line, starting from their category’s allocated start time, for the entire race.

DNFDid Not Finish. This status is accorded to race participants who were detected at the start line (during their category’s allocated start time) but were not detected at finish. Consequently, DNS race participants have neither gun time or chip time, as there is no chip detection at the finish line.

Example 1:
Runner (A) wrote in to enquire why he was neither allocated a finishing time nor ranked in the race category. Looking into his results, we were able to see his start and checkpoint timings but there was no finish time. We also noted the last checkpoint timing was very close to the overall race cutoff time, this suggested that he was not likely to reach the finish line in time. To confirm this postulation, we projected his race time from start through each checkpoint on a linear basis and noticed that he would have completed past the race cutoff time.

For this case, we were unable to provide a finishing time to this runner as (1) he had completed past the race cutoff time (2) race rules and regulation disallow ranking him and his time in the category’s race results. As such, his status was set to “Disqualified”.

DQDisqualified. This status is accorded to race participants who had been disqualified due to contravening the race’s rules and regulation. The race participant may or may not be accorded a finishing time depending on the disqualification criteria.

Example 2:
Runner (B) came in second in the race category of Women’s 10km and is marked with a lanyard with label indicating “Potential 1st Runner Up” by finish marshals. On verifying the runner’s identity prior to prize presentation, it appears Runner (B) had ran using the another runner’s race tags. As the facts were established, the actual runner was not able to turn up for the race thus passing the race tags to another person. In most races, such racetag swapping activities are not allowed, as such award of the 2nd placing was nullified. The 3rd placed finisher was bumped to the 2nd place and similar for the 4th placed finisher bumped to the 3rd.

The previous 2nd runner’s (B) results were then tagged with a “Disqualified” status.

*Example 3:*
Runner (C) came in near the end of the race and is evidently not a prize winner. Inspecting the runner’s (C) results showed that there were checkpoints which the runner was not detected at. On checking the susceptibility of individual checkpoints to be bypassed, it was noted two of the checkpoints could be bypassed for a shorter route. Further analysis was done on these two checkpoints to determine if they were malfunctioning during the period in which the runner may have ran past. The analysis showed there were other runners who were detected at these two checkpoints.

As such, this runner (B) results were then tagged with a “Disqualified” status.

REPC – This is an acronym for Race Pack Collection and usually held one or two weekends before the actual race for large races, and sometimes on the race day for smaller scale. This usually determined by the number of race participants and event organiser’s resources.

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