I am SO steamed right now.
One of my friends forwarded an email to our tri list: "FYI the Escape from Alcatraz Lottery opened today."
I thought "hm, that sounds cool. Let me check it out."
I did the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon back in 2006. Good race. Kind of cramped on the bike course and I almost crashed about 5 times. The swim is kind of cold and while I really enjoyed it at first by the end I kept thinking "omg I am so cold I just want to finish I need to swim faster." The run was actually the best part, now that I think about it.
But I would do it again. Local race, good spectatorship - why not?
BECAUSE IT'S FOUR HUNDRED FREAKING DOLLARS, THAT IS WHY NOT.
For an Olympic-distance race (okay, the run is 8 miles and the swim is about 1.5 miles...but the bike is only 18 miles).
$400, just like that.
Gee, for $400...I could enter a half-ironman, an olympic AND a sprint race. Or I could buy a Garmin and still enter a half-ironman. Or I could put that away toward a Power Tap. Or...
This is where my real issue with this sport comes in. Why so cost-prohibitive? "Yeah, you want to have the privilege of "Escaping" from Alcatraz? That'll be $400, please. Cough it up and deal."
Oh, I'm sorry, if you're poor-er (because you really can't be poor to do triathlon...or if you are, you'd better have credit) you'll just have to do the more local no-name races. Yep, sorry.
I am so tired of races fees going up and up and up. When I did this race only TWO YEARS AGO it cost me $230. That's a price increase of almost 100% in TWO YEARS.
So I say no thank you to the Escape from Alcatraz. They can kiss my Envirosports-supporting bum.