About Us

About Competitive Timing

Competitive Timing is a Montana based race timing company founded in 2010. Since then, we have grown to support the market with seven full-time salaried race timers and a handful of part-timers that assist on busy weekends and larger events. As a leader in the timing industry, we are proud to support over 300 events a year throughout the Montana region and across the country. We have supported national championship events, large 8,000+ person events, and small community charity events. Services we provide are race chip timing, online registration, results, onsite registration, finish line promotion including announcer, pa system, arches and finish line clock, and personalized race apps with live tracking.

Competitive Timing also promotes and race directs a handful of Montana races such as Rolling Thunder Cyclocross, Whitefish Turkey Trot, Rocky Mountain Roubaix, Montana Gravel Challenge, WAG Race, Spring Meadow Triathlon, Last Best Beer Run and more. Many of our events have a charitable component in which we have donated thousands of dollars and personal hours to local charities and organizations.

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.

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 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 spent his winters tuning, waxing, and mounting skis. 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.

Kristen Hollum

Full-Time Lead Timer
Red Lodge, MT

Kristen grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and fell in love with running during the timed mile in elementary gym class. A lifelong runner, she’s been putting down the trail miles in the Beartooth’s around Red Lodge for the last 9 years. She spreads the stoke for running as a middle school cross country coach and owner of Red Lodge Events. The only thing she loves more than running is ringing a cowbell. Whether in running shoes or a touring setup, you can almost always find Kristen in the mountains with her partner, Nick, and pup, Crescent.

Amanda Hart

Seasonal Full-Time Lead Timer
Red Lodge, MT

Amanda is a New Hampshire native who chased snow and education to Missoula, Montana. Building trails and fighting fires for the Forest Service brought Amanda all over the country but she could never quite shake Montana. Amanda grew up racing skis and bikes but found her passion wandering around wild places looking for powder. Chasing friend, and CT teammate Kristen around the trails has reignited her passion for running and she loves a long adventure with lots of sparkles, costumes and meat snacks. Red Lodge and Cooke City are now home where you can find her, husband, Austin, and handsome dog Zircon
exploring all Montana has to offer.

Jessie Pappenfus

Part-Time Lead Timer
Whitefish, MT

Jessie has lived in the Flathead Valley since 2004 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.

Dan Decato

Part-Time Lead Timer
Missoula, MT

Dan grew up playing hockey competitively till several knee injuries (and subsequent surgeries) led to an early retirement from the ice rink. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he moved from Wisconsin to Missoula in 2013 to study chemistry at UM, earning his PhD in 2020. During this time Dan found the world of endurance sports and has since participated in various events (e.g. road cycling, mountain biking, trail running, road running (up-to half marathon), triathlon events (up to half-ironman distance)). His enjoyment of the endurance community has led him to become the Missoula Half-Marathon Pacer Coordinator since 2017 and a member of the Missoula Bicycle Works cycling team for the past several years. When not in the lab, or timing events you can find this Clydesdale on two wheels.

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Rolling Thunder is TOMORROW people!

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Men’s B racers Tyler Hoecker whatthehoeck and Dan Decato are feeling the effects of the insane run-up on the rollingthundercx course at bigskybrewing .

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Animated brianbonham powers up the grassy embankment as he attempts to stay ahead of Robert Mazza and Jason Colestock in the Men’s A division. ranchclubmt week 3 in the #mslacx series.

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Do you hear it? What is that? I can almost feeeel it... I can hear it... The rumbling? Yes, it almost sounds like thunder... SAVE THE DATE! Competitive Timing is proud to bring back @rollingthundercx. Plan on getting called up on October 23rd and 24th! Details and venue announcements to come!

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Do you hear it? What is that? I can almost feeeel it... I can hear it... The rumbling? Yes, it almost sounds like thunder... SAVE THE DATE! @competitivetiming is proud to bring back Rolling Thunder Cyclocross. Plan on getting called up on October 23rd and 24th! Details and venue announcements to come!

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