Yesterday organizers of the Chicago Marathon announced that they are changing their marathon registration procedure for this year’s race.
After last year’s registration snafu (remember how their system crashed for like the entire day?), they apparently wanted to implement a new system. So, they are going to a lottery-based system, but are offering guaranteed entry to women who have achieved a sub-3:45 marathon.
I feel like more and more races are going this route. NYC set the trend when they implemented it a few years ago, but there are a few other races that are also using this method (Houston Marathon, Marine Corps —> also new for 2014 race, London, Berlin)… while it makes it easier for race organizers to manage the influx of applications, I am just not in love with the idea of it.
I get that it makes it more “fair” but I guess I’m part of the generation that loves instant gratification. I love being able to register and knowing that I’m in. The whole waiting around for months (aka NYC registration) is just annoying. Maybe that’s +1 for the appeal of smaller marathons…
I am so excited because today I am doing something I’ve never done before… volunteering at a race expo! It seems like such a great way to give back to the running community and I feel like a jerk that I haven’t done it yet. 😉
What do you think about lottery race registrations? Yay or nay?
Have you volunteered at an expo? What was your favorite part?
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