Reservation or Race?

Hello… is there anybody out there?

Did you miss me? Don’t feel obligated to answer that question because I know that I have been silent on this blog for a long time.  I am happy to say that I am in the final weeks counting down the days, hours and minutes to my summer break.  Well, the relief will be reality when I complete 2 more presentations, submit 1 huge A$$ nutrition education curriculum with my group, write 1 media critique, and submit the final 3 papers.   Yep, my to-do list is finally trimmed down to 7 items so I am taking a little breather to write this short post.

The old news that I want to highlight today has to do with the Boilermaker?  Remember this post?  Well, this year the Utica Boilermaker sold out in just 2 hours, 19 minutes.  Record time once again! That’s right 14,000 runners registered to complete the 15k road race on July 13, 2014.  I am happy to report that Tim and I are in and probably were some of the first few hundred that got in considering we typing our name and address on the online registration process the second the flood gates opened.

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Word on the street is that Boilermaker officials are contemplating various ways (i.e. lottery system) to deal with registration in future years to come that accommodates this crazy high demand.  Obviously, I have my own agenda on how this system should work since I have run 20+ Boilermaker races and want to ensure my slot in the lineup.  However, I do understand the strong desire for others to want to join in on the fun.  I guess we will have to wait and see what the race director will decide to do.

Complicating the race registration process even more  is that I have heard of this new trend that there are runners/walkers that sign up for several of these “coveted sell out road races” to ensure they have a bib by making a just in case I want to run reservation.  When in reality they have no intention of running the race.  Kind of like reserving a hotel room one year in advance then canceling last minute when you remember that you forget to to take the time off at work.    This reservation nonsense and “no show” mentality blocks other runners who really want to participate and run the in race. Not cool. Granted individuals that do this still have to pay the registration fee to get in; but I am not sure why anyone would want waste this kind of money.    The Boilermaker still allows runners to transfer their bib to another runner but I’m sure that time is ticking when they will follow suit with other huge high demand races that have no transfer policies.

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What do you think of these sellout races?   Thoughts on this reservation trend? Tell, tell me what you think in the comments…