About Us

Matthew Smeltzer

Founder, Partner, Lead Timer
Whitefish, MT

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I started running in August of 2009 and it was the following winter that I formed Competitive Timing. Competitive Timing was created with community in mind. I wanted to put on a couple races that raise money and awareness for local organizations. The timing part was the most fun for me and at the same time, realized that timing was not the most fun for the majority of race directors 🙂 The blend of office and field work, combined with the people I get to be surrounded by has made Competitive Timing a dream job for me. Because of the group of people I’ve surrounded myself with, running has become a major part of my life. Since July of 2012 I have run at least a 5k everyday and most days filled with many more miles.

Cory Kaufman

Partner, Lead Timer
Missoula, MT

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Cory is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Messiah College while running competitively for his college’s cross country and track & field teams. Graduate school and a yearning for the west led him to Missoula, Montana where he earned a master’s in Exercise Physiology. After teaching as an adjunct instructor for a few years at the University of Montana, he started working for Competitive Timing in 2014 and partnered up with founder, Matthew Smeltzer in 2016. A lingering running injury led him to trade in his running shoes for his mountain and road bike. When not at the finish line computing results or chatting about your PR at the results kiosk, you can find him racing bikes, hitting trail, and talking about which trail is riding well or which cyclocross tire is best suited for the next race course.

Travis Hutchinson

Full-Time Lead Timer
Bozeman, MT

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Travis grew up in Billings, running competitively for both Billings Senior High School and MSU-Billings.  The mountains were always his home, and when an oppurtunity to move to Bozeman came about, only a couple of seconds were needed to debate the move. He found passion in the event management side of road races during an internship with the Big Sky State Games and Montana Amateur Sports, and has now been timing and directing races for nearly a decade. Travis has switched from the roads and track to running the trails with his trusty pup(Kayak) and wife(Hannah), but also enjoys knocking off a fast mile at the track every so often. Catch up with Travis at the end of your race and talk about runners from Montana or request any Taylor Swift song to be played, he’ll be more than happy to oblige.

Jessie Pappenfus

Full-Time Lead Timer
Whitefish, MT

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Jessie has lived in the Flathead Valley for 12 years and loves all its outdoor opportunities. She started running in 2007 and it slowly became a passion for her. Now running is a regular part of her lifestyle and activities. In addition to running she loves to ski, enjoying the slopes with her husband and 6 year old daughter. Jessie studied and taught music education before joining the team of Competitive Timing, and continues to teach piano lessons.

Garrett Bloom

Full-Time Lead Timer
Whitefish, MT

After traveling around the west looking for a place to call home Garrett and his partner felt the pull of Whitefish, MT. While Garrett ran a little cross-country in high school he did not find his love for running until later in life. His new found hobby led him to a position as a Running Ambassador, with Nike’s Better World Project. While with Nike Garrett participated in setting up running clubs with Middle schools and a run across South Carolina. Now a days when Garrett is not timing a race he can be found running on the Whitefish Trails with his dog, Pete. 

Jesse Carnes

Full-Time Seasonal Lead Timer
Missoula, MT

Jesse moved to Missoula in 2004 to attend the University of Montana. A lifelong runner and skier, in college he dabbled in everything from rowing to rock climbing to triathlon. Since graduating from UM he has become a mainstay in the western Montana racing and outdoor recreation scene. Before joining the Competitive Timing team, he spent 9 summers working at Missoula Bicycle Works, and in the winter you can find him tuning, fixing, and mounting skis at The Trail Head. He is a veteran of nearly every kind of race, having competed in Ironman and sprint triathlons, running races anywhere from 1 to 100 miles, road bike, mountain bike, cyclocross, nordic skiing, ski mountaineering, and telemark races. He’s always watching the clock and loves a good battle story from the race course. When not at the results kiosk or on the course, he can usually be found exploring in the mountains with his wife, Kailee, and their dog, Kava.

James Powers

Part-Time Lead Timer
Missoula, MT

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James Powers has been helping CompetitiveTiming since early 2014. His professional background in business and technology has proven very beneficial as we continue to improve the services we offer to our customers. His experience in organizing and timing races allows him to successfully lead all aspects of an event. James has experience developing timing and registration software. When not hard at work, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters as well as hiking in the mountains of Western Montana where he resides.

Marc Butenko

Part-Time Lead Timer
Helena, MT

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Marc started as a part-time race timer for Competitive Timing in 2015 after retiring from a career in the IT field. He enjoys being active outside year-round, including mountain biking, backpacking, snowshoeing and XC skiing. He and his wife Kelli travel the western United States in Farley, their VW Eurovan Camper. They met at Washington State University and continue to attend most home football games. Go Cougs!

Jessica Peltier

Part-Time Lead Timer
Whitefish, MT

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Jessica is a Montana native who has always loved fitness and the outdoors, but it wasn’t until after the birth of her first child that she really got into running. Armed with a jogging stroller, desire to get back into shape and a baby who refused to sleep unless he was moving, a love for distance running was formed. She loves the camaraderie within the running community and is inspired by the energy at finish lines. When Jessica isn’t training or timing races she can be found teaching fitness classes or enjoying everything the great outdoors of Montana has to offer with her family.

XC in October in Montana is beautiful!

#competitivetiming #fall #xc #xcrunning #racetiming #timerlife #skiwhitefish #snowonthemountain #changingseasons
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#tyler’sbox #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #theyworkwellwithothers #workcrewcame2play #theyknewitall #competitivetiming #nexttimewetakeonsanta 🎅#wildpuzzleescape ...

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Who wore it better? mddrew VS Pete dog.

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Love this #flystyle — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

#Repost kaeloni26.2runner with make_repost
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Race Day!
I ran an in-person race this morning! It felt so surreal. I’m pretty sure I was in a dream state all morning. I was feeling all the good and happy feelings for sure!

This was my 2nd year running the Flathead Lake 5K. My goal was to run it in under 22 minutes. I finished in 21:05!!! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, I also won a prize!!! What an amazing day! I’m on a cloud right now.

#raceday
#5k
#5krace
#sub22min5k
#flatheadlake5k
#competitivetiming
#montanarunner
#racelikeagirl
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#Repost rollingthundercx ・・・
If there is ever a time to pull over and help one another, now is the time. We need to make some sacrifices and adhere to some tough guidelines right now for the greater good of each other. The sooner we take the advice, the sooner we will get up and over the flyover. We are thankful to have an event like Rolling Thunder that brings so many of us together and it’s 100% true that it can’t happen without our small business partners and sponsors. We are really fortunate to have these small businesses in our community. If you are able during this time, support our sponsors. Buy a gift card, bring your bike in for a tune-up, grab take out, fill up that growler. If your financials are tight right now, show some Facebook and Instagram love and give our sponsors a follow, share, and a like. Thank you sponsors! We have a few laps to go, and some more painful run ups to get through, but the bell lap is coming. #crossisstillcoming 📸 mykehphoto
#supportyoursponsors #missoulasmallbusiness #covid19 #smallbusiness #fitbythunder #rollingthundercx #competitivetiming #cyclocross #crossisboss #usacycling
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If there is ever a time to pull over and help one another, now is the time. We need to make some sacrifices and adhere to some tough guidelines right now for the greater good of each other. The sooner we take the advice, the sooner we will be able to see you at events. We are lucky to have events like yours and like Missoula’s @rollingthundercx that brings so many of us together and it’s 100% true that it can’t happen without our small business partners and sponsors. We are really lucky to have these small businesses in our community. If you are able during this time, support the sponsors of your race events. Buy a gift card, bring your bike in for a tune-up, buy a pair of running shoes, grab take out, fill up that growler. If your financials are tight right now, show some Facebook and Instagram love and give our sponsors a follow, share, and a like. Race directors are being put in tough times right now so please be considerate and understanding if they can’t offer you a refund for a cancelled event. Most times the money has been spent in preparation of the event and RDs are putting on events with minimal to no pay for local charities. We have a few more miles to go, some hills to get through, but the finish line is still coming. #crossisstillcoming 📸@mykehphoto
#supportyoursponsors #missoulasmallbusiness #covid19 #smallbusiness #fitbythunder #rollingthundercx #competitivetiming #cyclocross #crossisboss #chiptiming
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It’s always fun when some of the CT team can run in races we’re timing. Thanks to @cory.kaufman for the timing today. @travistherunner and @jessiepappy both were able to run @snowjokehalf today.
#competitivetiming #runwildmissoula #snowjokehalfmarathon #blazingfastfreezingcold #butitwasntcoldthisyear
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What a beautiful day for the inaugural Lubrecht 20k and 10k nordic race! Perfect grooming, perfect weather, and a great field of racers. We're looking forward to this race becoming a mainstay in the regional race scene.
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#nordicskiing #crosscountryskiing #racing #chiptiming #competitivetiming #lubrechtexperimentalforest #lubrecht20k #mylaps
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@missoulanordicskiclub is hosting a new Nordic race at Lubrecht Experimental Forrest with 1k kids, 10k and 20k skate and classic options. Come support the club and see what a great job the club has done with the trails this winter! Free soup lunch and raffle post race! #nordic #skateski #classicski #crosscountryskiing #competitivetiming ...

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We are excited to have competitivetiming on board for our 2020 event! They will provide accurate chip timing, online results, an app so you can view and show off your times to all your friends, and finish line video! 🎉🙌🏻🚣‍♀️🚴🏼‍♂️🏃‍♂️ #lakefrancestriplep
#lakefrances
#lakefrancestriathlon
#paddlepedalpace
#triathlon #competitivetiming
#valiermontana
#visitvalier
#montana
#visitmontana
#centralmontana
#easternfront
#rockymountainfront
#kayak #cycling
#bikerace
#run #bike #running
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Le Mans start tonight at @randoradness with record number 97 racers at @themontanasnowbowl! Two races left with a division for all abilities and pizza and beer after.
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#competitivetiming #skimo #skimountaineering #backcountryskiing #skiing #results #timing #montanalife #optoutside
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It’s so cool to work for a company who’s idea of strategic planning , is to find a route to run around an Island. Photo: jessecarnes #competitivetiming ...

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The team is all together! #cancun #mexico #worktrip #competitivetiming ...

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These kids can skate! #competitivetiming #nordicskiing #skatetothefinish #chiptiming #whitefishmontana @glaciernordicclub ...

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Competitive Timing’s own @cory.kaufman racing in the 15k Skate event at the Glacier Glide and Pursuit.
@glaciernordicclub #nordicskiing #15k #winterracing #wintertiming #lifeofatimer #competitivetiming #chiptiming
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Montana’s winters can be long and dark but luckily @mikefootemt makes it something to look forward to with 5 weeknight skimo races. If your looking to stay active this winter, break a sweat, get some turns and eat pizza and have a beer with friends and new at @themontanasnowbowl, then check out @randoradness! #randoradness #skimo #timing #results #competitivetiming #snowbowl #skiing #mylaps ...

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Happy New Year! We wish you many happy miles and beers for 2020!

The registration fee increases at midnight!
#lastbestbeerrun #competitivetiming #billingscraftbeerweek
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Getting in the holiday spirit with @runnersedgemt.
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#competitivetiming #chiptiming #mylaps #christmasrun #holidayspirit #lighttheway5k #missoula
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