No one should ever complain about DC Tri $35 annual membership fee again.
Did you all get the email from Ironman about their Ironman Access Membership Program?
This is what you get for $1000.00 a yr:
Ironman Access Membership Program Benefits:
· $1000.00 USD for a one-year membership
· Exclusive advance registration to Ironman events
· Two VIP passes per registered event
· Official membership ID card
· Second chance in the Ironman Lottery Program*
· One-year subscription to LAVA Magazine
· Discounts on Ironman partner products at shopironman.com and on-site event retail stores
· 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship NBC broadcast DVD
· The above benefits are valid for one year starting from activation date
This does not include Tuan's entertaining emails and blogs galore let alone his exclusively organized races and training events.
You can definitely push your $25K a year expenditures and join.
Yeah. What a joke. Why would you pay $1K plus entry fees ~575 to register early, when registering after it's full via the community fund is $1150 or whatever.
Another dumb idea by WTC.
The CIA is behind this shenanigan. I am sure of this. What will they do next? Increase the swim length? Stop this madness!!!
As an act of defiance, I'm going serve real meat at next year's PeasantMan.
Skip the meat Tuan and keep those G-town cupcakes a comin'. $1000 a head should get us a few truckloads of cupcakes.
perfect price point for the $175K per year average triathlete
At least kiss me first next time before you f**k me.
somehow i told you so just doesn't quite do it.
but seriously, we all knew something like this was coming after:
1. WTC started auctioning spots to Hawaii on Ebay.
2. you could buy your entry into a "sold out race" by using "community spots"
3. where you get a "second chance" at hawaii lottery by being part of the M-dot club fee or soemthing like that.
and final way you knew that Mdot was trying to milk the sport for as much money as it could get...drumroll
4. CEO challenge was introduced into M-dot races. If you didn't see where the sport was going when that was introduced then i'm sorry this was all such a surprise. LOL
I'm starting a party called "The race fee is 2 damn high!" party. Anyone is free to join the cause.
Crazy facial hair is optional.
I can't wait to see the outcry the first time a race sells out with pre-registration.
You know, it's not such a bad deal when you think about it. I mean, you get a subscription to LAVA Magazine! They publish 6 issues a year, and it costs $19.95. So it really only costs $980.05 once you factor that in. That's a bit more reasonable.
you are so right, we are completely missing the advantages to getting the LAVA magazine that is completely and totally FREE!!! after signing up for the Access membership.
LOL. we were missing the entire point of the Access membership all along, my mistake.
It's actually a good deal if you want to enter more than one ironman race per year. Sure you can do the community fund deal but once you do that more than once and definitely twice then you'll end up paying more, in the long run.
Both options save you from having to travel at all to register.
Which IM races have sold out on-site in the past year?
I can't think of too many...if any?
Community slots go for $1100. Of that, you get about $180 in tax credit and a slot worth about $600 (including active.com fees). In essence, you are paying $1100 - $180 - $600 = $320 extra per slot.
The $1,000 Ironman Access fee is just to get you into the door. You still have to pay for the $600 drink (for the slot) and you get no tax credit. In other words, you have to do MORE than 3 Ironman via the community slots (320 x 3 = $960) per year in order to come out ahead. If you can afford to do more than 3 Ironman races per year (i.e., time off work, registration fees, travel costs, training costs, etc), the $1,000 probably won't affect your wallet that much.
Granted, the Ironman Access fee give you some extra stuff that have already been mentioned but most people can care less about those.
On another note, I have yet to hear of anyone within DCTri in recent years who didn't get an Ironman slot when they were online when it opened up. The people who complain are usually the ones that came in hours or days later to try to register. Granted, this may change once the new program takes affect but even races as popular as IMFL, IMLP, and IMMoo were open for hours after it became available online in 2009/2010.
We will see what this new $1,000 program will mean in terms of getting slots through the normal routes in a couple of years. Two years from now, if I can't get a slot online, I'm going to pour holy water on WTC and burn them in effigy. However, if their races keep selling out within hours, they must be doing something right. We may think what they are doing is wrong but the buying public disagrees.
For those who are complaining about the $600 fees or the $1000 Access Program, two words for you: Ironman Vietnam ;)
WTC Video explaining the new Ironman Access Program.
That video is hilarious!! Unicorn skin!! Too funny!
FYI the memebrship is sold out only lasted 24 hours
Rev3 is in my future
This is worse than getting chicked! ;)
It's hard to argue with results.
They only needed to sell a thousand of those to make a million bucks. Wonder how many slots actually were purchased. Nice revenue stream. Annual fee.
People can do whatever they want with their money and companies have the right to make it in any legal way they can, but the whole $$ for access thing is just kind of sleezy. I have spent money on a fan club membership to get a pre-sale code for concert tickets and it really is the same thing, but $1,000 is a lot of dough.