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The latest WTC money grab...
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I'm not normally one to bash WTC, but this is getting a bit ridiculous...

http://ironman.com/...rogram#axzz13ZmJrFxO

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Today World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) launches an exclusive athlete membership program called Ironman Access. In addition to other member benefits, the program will offer advance registration for Ironman events worldwide before entries open to the general public. Membership into Ironman Access is on a first-come, first-served basis and will close once it reaches capacity.
Last edited by: Uncle Phil: Oct 27, 10 9:30
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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wow..........is all i can say..............................
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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$1000.00

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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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$1000 for access to early registration? Wow! You do also get an official membership ID card.

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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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A thousand dollars for the privilege of cutting in line? Nice! I would love to know how many people will bite...
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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So much for Placid 2012...unless I skip the first day of the bar exam to head out there and volunteer.

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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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Not saying it is right or wrong, but it seems to be the same thing as a personal seat license.

It might have been a better deal a few years ago when you had to be in Lake Placid or Penticton to sign up, but still not shocking.
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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Wow. That is F'ing re-damn-diculous.
But, I guess the $1,000 fee might be the same thing that some people spend to travel to a race and volunteer.
I wonder how many races will even make it to on-line registration now.
In order of entry:
1. Ironman Access card holders get to the front of the line
2. Current year participants get to sign up the day before the event they are about to participate in.
3. Volunteers get to walk up the morning after the race
4. Non-volunteers get to walk up the morning after the race
5. On-line registration
6. Community Fund
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Frenchman] [ In reply to ]
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I think they will post in one month that it is "at capacity" to make people rush in ala Ironman Texas.
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Bell Head] [ In reply to ]
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Dude yo get all this:
In addition to exclusive, advance registration, Ironman Access will offer perks including an official membership ID card; a second chance in the Ironman Lottery Program*; two VIP passes per registered event; a one-year subscription to LAVA Magazine; discounts on Ironman partner products at shopironman.com and at Ironman’s on-site event retail stores; and a 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship NBC broadcast DVD. Membership benefits are valid for one year starting from activation date. In order to take advantage of early event registration, membership must be current. The annual membership fee is $1,000 USD.

I just hope there is a 30 day trial period where I can get my money back if not satified. They probably got the memo that IM has only 15 years left of turning a profit and are trying to squezze all they can out of it now.

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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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Why not do the Community fund if you don't get in. At least you get the tax deduction instead of giving them more money. How much are Community slots these days?
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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Hey don't be a hater they are saving the sport,Slowtwitch says so!! ;-)


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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Ultra-tri-guy] [ In reply to ]
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The NYT article seems more realistic now.
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [summitt] [ In reply to ]
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Exactly - I'd rather give up money to a worthy non-profit - plus my wife would kill me if I dropped 1000 clams just for the privilege to sign up early. Oh well - I think I will risk not getting a slot the old fashioned way and see what happens.
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [summitt] [ In reply to ]
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Community fund spots are more expensive than that. What I find amusing is that they include the Lava subscription...that you would get when you register for a race anyways!
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Ultra-tri-guy] [ In reply to ]
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Say what you want, but it appears to me the guys at Providence Equity are some smart mofo's. Everything they are doing is increasing the value of their brand. No doubt they will unload this thing in a few years time at a huge profit.

In the end, that's what it's all about.
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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So am I reading that right, it doesn't even include the actual race registration itself... You're paying an extra grand just so you can spend another $600 (or whatever) before the next guy spends his?
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [OneGoodLeg] [ In reply to ]
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Yep. I wonder if they get special bib numbers or different colored ones too?
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [bmanners] [ In reply to ]
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Yep, definitely worthwhile. The subscription to Lava and the DVD push it over the edge.

They'll sell a ton of these.

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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [jackmott] [ In reply to ]
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but, you get discounts on Ironman Products... like this:

http://www.walmart.com/...4&ci_sku=8477603
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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Just checked, community slot for IMWI is $1,150 which includs registration and you get a $575 tax deduction, which is worth $175 at a 30% bracket.
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Bell Head] [ In reply to ]
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Thank god I have no desire to do an Ironman.
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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Frenchman] [ In reply to ]
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Not bad it is like the Disney FAST PASS. Bow down before me you mere commoners<insert pink

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Re: The latest WTC money grab... [Uncle Phil] [ In reply to ]
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Smart business if you ask me. I bet they "sell them out".

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