RUNNERS and cyclists at Lake Wendouree are one step closer to recording their lap times as new underground microchip technology is installed today.
Work on parts of Wendouree Parade near Pleasant and Tennis Streets today will cause minor disruptions to traffic as the timing clocks are added to the Steve Moneghetti track and nearby roadway.
A world-first timing clock will also be visible from today, positioned for active Ballarat residents to record their lap times.
The works come as part of the Best 'O Lake initiative, which aims to improve the public health profile of the Ballarat region through regular training and time trial events.
Organiser Ian Bennett said the works were being overseen by Queensland engineer Don Hale who designed the technology and were being paid for by the event committee.
"Each Best 'O Lake participant will receive a microchip to measure their time and gauge their improvement throughout the year," Dr Bennett said.
"The microchip can be used every day of the year, if required. This is the first time in Australia special O Tag technology has been permanently installed underground for community health and fitness use."