R-bies, one of the largest timing companies in the world, partners up with MYLAPS to offer best-in-class sports experiences to event organizers, their participants and fans in Japan. Both parties signed an agreement to work together in the coming years.
Based in Tokyo, R-bies offers timing and data services to more than 500 mass event races per year, including the Tokyo Marathon and other iconic events like the Osaka Marathon and Nagano Marathon. The timing company captures over 2 million chip times each year, an impressive number in the world of sports timing. Since 2022 R-bies is part of the ASICS Group.
BibTag technology – the standard in sports timing
Founded in 1982, MYLAPS is the inventor of automatic sports timing and develops technology that is used all over the world, from the Olympics, major marathons and NASCAR to countless local races. To offer state of the art timing services, R-bies decided to use the MYLAPS BibTag technology. BibTag is the standard timing system for mass events with affordable chips and the highest read-rates in the industry. This timing system was used last month at the Chicago Marathon, where Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum broke the world record. The MYLAPS ThinTag is 75% thinner than regular tags, which results in less waste and less shipment space, which has a positive impact on lower carbon emissions.
Partnership with global leader in sports timing
‘We are thrilled to work together with the global leader in sports timing’, says Yu Korosaki, President at R-bies. ‘We want to use a rock-solid timing system that has the best read rates for all our events. In cooperation with MYLAPS we hope to provide convenient, high-quality timing services to race organizers and runners in Japan and revitalize the running community.’
Creating the ultimate sports experience
Camiel Slaats, CEO at MYLAPS: ‘At MYLAPS we strive to offer the ultimate sports experience to athletes, followers, and events. R-bies is an important player in the Japanese running industry and we are thrilled that so many Japanese participants and fans will benefit from the latest developments in sports technology. We are excited to be a partner of R-bies and work together in the coming years.’
R-bies Co., Ltd. was established in 1975 and has since been the leading pioneer of the Japanese running industry. Japan’s oldest and largest running magazine “RUNNERS” was published in 1976, and “RUNNET,” R-bies’s race entry platform launched in 1997. “RUNNET” currently boasts over 4 million users and handles over 2,000 events a year. R-bies Co., Ltd. also owns timing division, RECS, who times over 400 races a year (over 2 million chip times yearly) including Japan’s largest marathon, Tokyo Marathon. R-bies Co., Ltd. has dramatically made an impact to the running industry in Japan and is now sharing its knowledge and expertise to the rest of the world.