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I don't necessarily agree with the lottery system. But as long as they're going to have it in place, maybe the most equitable way of running the lottery is to not allow any former Kona competitors to enter the lottery. After all, one may argue that former competitors already had their chance, why don't they step aside and let someone else have a turn?
If there were a point system in place that gave points to people for competing in other races, that may be fair, but I don't know if it'd be a good idea. Too many die-hard wanna-bes would race themselves sick in their pursuit to amass the necessary points.
The ultimate in fairness would be to divy up the slots to qualifying races based on relative participation. Then award these slots to finishers without any regard for their sex or age. For instance, if a qualifying race had 150 slots to award, the first 150 finishers, regardless of age or sex, would be given the option to take the slots. There would be no lottery and no free pass for people with disabilities. After all, the Ironman bills itself as the "world championship", right? So shouldn't only the fastest be allowed to compete, with no regard to sex or age? Of course, this would be a disaster for Ironman public relations efforts, but it'd be a lot fairer than what's in place now.