How to Sum time with split races in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to Sum time for split races in Excel.

Scenario :

With increasing sport enthusiasm, we need to find a reliable data format where time calculation can be done. Generally in scenarios like multiple racing events or team racing events. Here we need to extract the sum of all time splits for a race.

How to solve the problem?

Here we will be using the SUM function to get the sum of time values. SUM function adds time values in range via using the below formula.

Generic formula:

=SUM(time_range)

time_range : range of time values to add

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's check the formula via running some examples. Here we have a relay race table in which each player's time is recorded for 100m race. Use the formula to get the sum of time for each team. And decide the winner team of the race. 

Use the formula:

=SUM ( C4:F4 )

Here the range is given using the array reference. Press Enter to get the result for team 1.


As you can see the first team took 40:59 seconds to complete the race course. Now to decide the winner, we need the total time of all teams. Use shortcut Ctrl + D to copy the formula to other cells to perform the same formula.

Aa you can see, the formula returns the total time all teams and now we can decide which team took least time to complete the race course. 

The least time is by team 4 which is 40:29. So the winner will be the same team. You can add time values using the + (char), operator to sum cells having time values

Here are all the observational notes regarding using the formula. 

Notes :

  1. Excel stores time value as numbers. So check the format of cell while operating this formula.
  2. Careful while Input time values 00:10:12 means 10 minutes and 12 seconds.

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