Tuesday, January 10, 2012
M-Dot races versus the rest
California race (12/3/11 and 12/4/11)
open: 141 (remember this race was free)
Naples, Florida (this past weekend - also Disney marathon weekend)
open: 83 (free)
full: 17 (4 females total out of this 17)
i have said this since the series first started advertising, that they are charging too much for their entry fees ...pretty much what an Ironman event is charging for their races. that is preposterous! if you are the new kid on the block of triathlon race organizing, regardless of how much experience your consultants have (read: six-time Ironman World Champion Dave Scott will serve as a key advisor and spokesperson for the HITS Triathlon Series), you should be trying to entice athletes to try out your events. once they can prove that they offer a quality product that can stand up to IM events, then maybe you can justify the registration fee but not when it's your first year and you have no proven track record. personally, i try to spend my money wisely and i do my homework before making any big purchase. shelling out $300-$700 for one single event is a big purchase to me and from the homework i have done thus far, my gut says that the HITS 70.3 event in Ocala, Florida is a no go for me. plus, i've been hitting the forums to see what others who have raced in these last 2 series had to say and it wasn't all that positive.
i did a little research online regarding the registration fees for similar off brand races of the 70.3 and 140.6 variety. the prices listed are the highest rates charged, not the price you would pay if you registered early and also how many total participants involved. here is what i found:
~Great Floridian (aka: GFT) 140.6 (200 participants) - $500.00
No70.3 at GFT.
~Redman (in Oklahoma) 140.6 - $400.00 (100 participants total in 2011)
Redman 70.3 - $300.00 (165 total participants)
~Rev 3 (using Cedar point as my reference) 140.6 - $525.00 (not sure how many participants)
Rev 3 half iron distance - $250.00
~Chesapeake Man (in Maryland) - 140.6 - $375.00 (216 total participants)
~Beach to Battleship (in N. Carolina) 140.6 - $475.00 (674 total participants)
B2B half iron distance - $250.00 (818 total participants)
most of the races listed above have been around a long time, so they have a proven themselves, regardless of whether it is an overall great experience, just okay, or not good at all. sometimes the numbers of participants doesn't tell the entire story. for example, i think that the first 140.6 that i did, the Great Floridian, is avoided by most triathletes because of the amount of elevation involved on the bike course and because it isn't an M-dot race, not because it isn't a well run event. and, before ironman came around, the Great Floridian was THE destination for anyone wanting to do a full iron distance race. back in the day, they used to have about 800-1000 athletes competing. now they are lucky to have 200. in my experience, GFT cannot compare to Ironman Florida and that is why they can't and don't charge $700 like IMFL can. i did notice recently that HITS lowered the price of their full just a tad from what I remember first seeing, but they are still charging the same for the half distance that an ironman event does. crazy i say.
what do you all think?
much love and peace out!