Quote: How does a lottery system benefit those of us in the area?
Simple, there are more people from the SF area that do the race than from any other area.
Quote: If you are referring to the fact that the first wave of lottery slots will be given out to prospective participants who have raced 5+ times, that could be anyone.
Anyone!?!? Obviously the universe of people that have done the race 5 times is much, much smaller than those that have done it once or never.
What does having done the race 5 or 100 times have anything to do with being more or less "worthy" of doing the race? How about letting others give it a go! Kind of selfish in a way. We SHOULD all be equal. Do the 5 year veterans get preferential bike racking as well?
Quote: First, there will be qualifying spots at a series of races across the U.S.
This sounds like IMH to me! No other OLY race in the US does this, and Alcatraz is not the only race that fills-up in a matter of days or hours. By the way, do the folks at TriCalifornia think money grows on trees?
Quote: Also, instead of a first-come/first-serve entry system, there will be a series of random drawings.
What is wrong with first come first served? So fix the server, get one that can handle more hits. I pitty Ebay.
Quote: The big issue was that people tried to sign up when registration opened and were not able to get in.
I signed-up a friend without any problem early that morning. I can't imagine it being that easy this time around. So the issue seems to become bigger rather than smaller.
It just seems to be that this is not the "best" way to go about it. I don't take anything away from either the race itself or the good intentions of the race organizers that seem to be trying to "better" things.