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# Sum race time splits

Figure 1. Sum Race Time Splits in Excel.

Let us assume that we are required to sum up different race time splits that are the results of races between several competitors, we are going to use the Excel SUM function to achieve this.

## Generic Formula

`=SUM(range)`

The Excel SUM function determines the total of different time splits made up of hours, minutes, and seconds.

## How to use the Excel SUM function

To use the SUM function in Excel, use the following 3 simple steps.

1. Collect the different time splits from the races and arrange them into labeled columns of our worksheet.

See example illustrated below;

Figure 2. Sum Race Time Splits in Excel.

Be sure to provide empty cells for Excel to determine the TOTAL TIME taken.

1. In our worksheet example above, the SUM formula in cell G2 is as follows;.

`=SUM(A2:F2)`

Figure 3. Sum Race Time Splits in Excel.

1. Copy the modified version of the SUM formula into the other cells in the TOTAL TIME column to get the other results.

Figure 4. Sum Race Time Splits in Excel.

However, when working with times, care must be taken to input time values with the right syntax/format to display the ideal results.

Figure 5. Final Result.

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