I got in on the 2nd lottery draw and my wife didn't make it. Several months later, she got an email that if there were openings, she could get on the "wait list" and she did. The very next day, she got in.
I would love to participate in this race again, because it is such a technical course and doing it only one time leaves you wondering how you could really improve each leg of the race. At the current pricing levels, it's a once and done for me and my wife.
$600 bike transport
$1400 entry fees
Makes for an expensive weekend of fun...2nd time racing should be half price.
I'm a local and race a lot, but for some reason I've never been interested in doing this race. Definitely not with the price increase, which irks me out of principle (i.e., I'm not particularly price sensitive). The race also conflicts with Honu (the Hawaii 70.3) - well, usually not the race itself, but the extended vacation after the race. I'd rather spend my money on a couple of weeks on the Big Island, do a race that costs half of EFA, and then go scuba diving.
What no one's mentioned in this thread, though, is that EFA is only one of a number of well-known races that didn't fill this year, or didn't fill as quickly. Malibu, Honu, IMAZ, CdA...and the list goes on. So there would seem to be other factors at work here beyond the entry fee increase.