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IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
CREATED: 08/15/13 by merlinkim REPLIES: 74
merlinkim's ravatar merlinkim    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 295
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 12:35 PM

Not in. Grr...

MikeyPMA's ravatar MikeyPMA    JOINED: 2/16/13    POSTS: 20
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 12:57 PM

Thats insanity! I am going to look into back doors (IE- Charities) because I kind of had my heart set on TN because of the date related to my injury... Anyone know of any available??

PS- I am not rich nor are any of my friends, so it would have to be a reasonable fund raising amount.

merlinkim's ravatar merlinkim    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 295
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 1:09 PM

Ironman doesn't usually have charity back-door entries. Two options are Foundation slots (pay $1400, the overage is a tax-deductible donation to a charity close to the race venue), or a slot via a travel agency. Details on Foundation slots will be posted soon.

MikeyPMA's ravatar MikeyPMA    JOINED: 2/16/13    POSTS: 20
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 1:19 PM

I just surfed around and saw that. I know they had charity spots but it is only one charity and they want a minimum of $5,000. Thats a little out of my range (GIBill financed college student). Hopefully the foundation spots will work out.
Is there any difference between the general entry and foundation other than the price?

Sorry, first time IM, I don't know the ins and outs of it.

JHJ20012's ravatar JHJ20012    JOINED: 2/1/10    POSTS: 171
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 1:22 PM

For IM Lake Placid, some weeks after the general registration and foundation slots were sold out, they added a number of different charity slots with entry + substantial fund raising commitment (e.g., American Cancer Society, MMRF). Those may not yet be in place for IMChat b/c it's new race. I wouldn't give out all hope yet.

MikeyPMA's ravatar MikeyPMA    JOINED: 2/16/13    POSTS: 20
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 1:53 PM

Is there a known time when the foundation spots will open up?

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 953
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 1:56 PM

Another idea that you can look into is Endurance Sports Travel. If that group is going to that race, then they typically have spots that you can buy through them. It's only like $100 more. You also might have to travel with them, which might be awkward for a race as "local" as Chattanooga, but I went with them for IM Austria and they were amazing to work with. Made everything race-related super convenient. But that was traveling for a race in a foreign country so it was incredibly helpful.

Bryan

tgrollman's ravatar tgrollman    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 225
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 1:58 PM

Good idea Brian! I went through them to Brazil and they did a fantastic job!

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1293
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 2:24 PM

You will get some perks with the foundation slot. For example, your bike rack will be near the pro or closer to the transition tent/transition bags. This will make for a more quick transition time.

ncrcoach's ravatar ncrcoach    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1047
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 2:34 PM

Sold out! Darn, guess I'll stay in retirement 2.0 (or sign up for Lu'ville).

sbanks's ravatar sbanks    JOINED: 1/12/13    POSTS: 4
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 5:09 PM

As a first timer at 140.6 is planning to get there on the Friday before early enough?

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1293
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 5:34 PM

For a veteran, that's plenty of time. If you are flying in on Friday morning, it's plenty of time. If you are planning to drive, you'd probably want to come on Thursday to allow yourself an extra day to recover from the drive.

For your first IM, you probably want to come on Thursday so that you can really take in all the spectacles. The Ironman is unlike any race that you've ever done. They put on a pretty good show. You'd want to take it all in and live in those moments. You'd probably want to visit the IM store ;)

You have to check your bike in the day before. You don't do transition like shorter distance races. You'll have 5 different transition bags that you will need to pack. You don't change into your bike/run clothes at the bike. There will be changing tents that you must run through. There is a mandatory athlete's meeting the day before. You'll probably want to do a practice swim and ride your bike around a bit to make sure everything is ok. Lots of stuff going on during IM race week.

--Tuan

sbanks's ravatar sbanks    JOINED: 1/12/13    POSTS: 4
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 6:10 PM

Thanks Tuan! I had a feeling that might be the case. Didn't think Friday was early enough after driving to Florida this spring. Lots to learn between now and then :)

JayC101's ravatar JayC101    JOINED: 2/27/11    POSTS: 105
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 6:28 PM

So I read on slowtwicth that the race had 2500 slots and that something like 2000k of them had been handed out before registration even opened to places like Tri Clubs. Just curious why DC Tri didn't get any of these slots? Aren't we one of the biggest Tri Clubs in the US and wasn't this going to be the Club Ironman race for 2014?

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 953
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 7:09 PM

I find it hard to believe that 2000 of them went to Tri Clubs. That just doesn't seem right. And we had been in contact with WTC and I believe that we had broached the subject of getting some slots for the club, but I don't know the outcome of that conversation.

I don't think anyone expected the race to really sell out in 3 minutes. I find that really hard to believe.

Bryan

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 953
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 7:09 PM

I find it hard to believe that 2000 of them went to Tri Clubs. That just doesn't seem right. And we had been in contact with WTC and I believe that we had broached the subject of getting some slots for the club, but I don't know the outcome of that conversation.

I don't think anyone expected the race to really sell out in 3 minutes. I find that really hard to believe.

Bryan

nomisdc's ravatar nomisdc    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 615
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 7:29 PM

Big bummers for folks. Over here somehow the reg luck (unluck..?) continues - In.

MikeyPMA's ravatar MikeyPMA    JOINED: 2/16/13    POSTS: 20
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 7:36 PM

Even the foundation spots are sold out... It is charity only.

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1293
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 7:47 PM

From the IM Choochoo's Facebook page. Hopefully someone from DCTri will get lucky with it. I know of one club member who had the wait in line message within 60 seconds of registration coming on line. He was able to register 30 minutes later because he waited it out. On the flip side, I know of 8 club members who were shut out.

I'm in, but still trying to recover emotionally from the trauma of the registration process :)


"IRONMAN Chattanooga went on sale today and is now sold out. Unfortunately our registration system experienced a failure while some of our athletes were logged in and finalizing their registration. We are working with our registration partner to confirm the affected athletes, and to offer them entry into the race."

RJohnson1979's ravatar RJohnson1979    JOINED: 9/13/09    POSTS: 81
RE: IM Chattanooga - September 28, 2014
POSTED: 9/04/13 8:30 PM

I was wondering the same thing about the club slots. The 2000 number thrown around was just a hunch someone had but I believe there were a lot of pre regs available to tri clubs. Apparently they were offered to clubs based on a tiered point system and only available thorugh Sunday.

I lucked out and was in and through registration very swiftly! Good luck to anyone still going through the process of trying to register through charity or the WTC clean up!

Ryan

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