i think is true... I was going to wait till tomorrow to sign up. https://registration.baa.org/2011/cf/RegAthlete/iframe_WebApp.cfm?mode=limit&snap=30777019&
Damn...I didn't get in...on the upside, I'll have time to take up that smoking habit I've always thought about...
So 24,000 people signed up within eight hours. This doesn't make sense. Maybe I'm in denial. How can this be?!?!?!?
That really kicks the legs out from under this Ohio race's marketing hook: http://www.premierraces.com/LastChance/lastchance.html
This is happening more and more in this sport. It's a vicious cycle; each year a bunch of people miss the deadline and don't get in, and they register earlier...and earlier...and MORE miss the deadline and they register earlier! I missed the Boston deadline 2 years ago when registration closed in JANUARY! This was a HUGE deal since it typically closed much later. I begged and fox pawed my way in. Now it's 8 hours - ridiculous. I constantly find myself signing up for races 6+ months away simply so I can get in...then I might not run it due to injury etc...and therefor adding to the problem. The result is that there will be more DNSers in these races because injuries, lack of training and life things will prevent those who signed up from getting to the line. Boston KNOWS it will fill its quota every year but moving the deadline won't fix that problem. They will probably need to lower the open standards to 2:50 and 3:20 for men and women respectively. Of course many of us have been saying this for years...then we talk on the other side of our mouth's about raising the trials standard back to 2:22. Ha. Yes, there is a difference, but from an outsider's perspective...is there?
Jake - welcome to the world of triathlons. I had spent over $1000 in race entries (that was 3, count them, 3 races) prior to getting hit last year. I think even a 5 minute drop in qualifying times would make a big difference. 10 minutes would be both reasonable, and effective. What makes me sick is to think of how quickly some third party just made a lot of money for facilitating all the credit card fees. For doing. Absolutely. Nothing.Even worse is NYC charging all lottery entrants $11 for processing fees. Multiply that by 100,000 and you get a lot of money for doing. Absolutely. Nothing. Who do they think they are, a college ripping you off with application fees??
I got in. Anyone else? I can't believe it closed so quickly. There goes the chances of another epic marathon field trip.
Matias - I think they reserve some spots for charity, so not all were filled in that amount of time...I think.Also, all those impacted by the volcano in Iceland last year got guaranteed entries this year.RM - you just gave me yet another reason not to be a multi-sport athlete.
I think the volcano people/person affected wasn't many - maybe like 1 person, Trygga Votsdottir or something. Jake - you're already 2/3 of the way there with being in the water. Maybe I'll set up a little triathlon next year for fun and we can get all our posses to do it, bbq after and stuff. No frills, no race entry fee, etc.
I've heard that volcanoes like triathletes, but HATE marathoners. Especially the ones in Iceland.
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