I have wanted to do this one triathlon that is right next to my house for th past three years, the first year, I just chickened out and didn't sign up. the past two years, though, I just havent been able to get in! If anyone has ever heard of the Columbia triathlon, it is absolutly impossibleto get in...its in May, you have to sign up by new years day, pretty much, to get in. I tried this year around the 5th of January with no luck.
I then read about these "extra" slots. they have extra slots that the charities took. they then charge 250 bucks plus the cost of entry for the tri. I just dont think thats right, triathlons are already too freakin expensive, often costing in the 60-70 dollar range. plus, those slots aren't gonna get taken, I know they'll be slots left over that people didn't want to pay 320 dollars for.
I agree it is getting expensive
Yes - and it's even worse with the Ironman races which fill up within hours after sign-up starts - if your not on the ball at the web site (with a high speed conection) or there in person - your out in the cold. IM's are also at a cost of $400.00, so talk about costing alot of money. On top of that you won't see too many low end bikes at most 1/2 IM's to IM's either...it seems like everyone is there with a $5,000 - $10,000 bike as well. Then there's travel, lodging - it is major dollars for sure.
So be glad the smaller ones are only $60.00 - $70.00...sounds like a deal to me. Many of my running friends complain about marathons costing almost $100.00. All I have to say is enjoy them while thay are in this range...I remember when ski lift tickets only were like $18.00 and gas was less than 75 cents/gal, now you can't ski for less than 50 or 60 bucks, not counting the cost of equipment....Aaaaaa the good old days.
With the up-front costs of triathlons, it will never have a real youth movement. I am 34 so I have had time to recover from education-induced poverty. Personally, I don't mind paying the entry fees for the races because I realize that it is a big headache and logistical nightmare for organizations to have a properly run event. Who the hell wants to convince city officials to re-direct traffic and find volunteers to hand out cups of gatorade just to be rewarded by some primadonna complaining about course conditions? It seems perfectly reasonable to me to have a nominal fee ($20-30) for those who are full-time students and have slightly higher fees for everyone else. There aren't a lot of full-time students anyway so it wouldn't make much of a financial impact on the rest of us. Don't you think a student who can't afford a $300 wetsuit and is fortunate to have a $1000 bike is sufficiently handicapped by those of us who can pay for personal lessons and buy $4000 bikes? If more people get involved in the sport, the more events we will all have. I don't mind paying higher fees if it means I will have more events to choose from.