Thursday, March 27, 2014
Pre-Registration. What's the Point?
Is it just me or does it seem like most races are penalizing for not pre-registering online. What's the penalty? Entry fee increases $5-$10 if you don't commit early. I realize most promoters want to get as many participants committed as soon as possible since they have money & labor invested in running an event. I realize weather can totally ruin participant turnout so it's always a risk for the promoter. But the customer/participant getting penalized seems like the wrong approach to me. Shouldn't it be the other way around? How about a small discount for pre-registering online. The promoter gets commitment by way of dollars and the racer catches a small break for committing early. I might be missing something but it seems like pre-reg., only benefits the promoter and is used to penalize it's potential participants. What are the benefits for the racer? Is it any quicker? In most cases not. You still have to wait in line to sign a waiver and get your number. Not much difference. Is it cheaper? Don't even get me started on the fee for registering online. Insult to injury.
Now...having said that I'm super grateful that we have so many quality events in Arkansas and over the last couple of years new people with great ideas for races are promoting new events. That's really cool and a sign that the sport is growing. For me, it's not about a couple of bucks saved. More so, it's the feeling of getting pushed around over a couple of bucks. When the dust settles, participants are the customers. We are paying to play and someone is making money. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Maybe I'm way off base. Leave a comment below.