Ironman Access Program: Now Inaccessible!


Wow. In an amazingly efficient manner, the World Triathlon Corporation has bowed out via the barrage of the Triathlon community and rescinded the Membership program. Here’s the official statement from WTC, and their motivations for starting the program in the first place.

Per the statement, WTC hoped to reduce the number of unused race slots in each race with this program. A worthy cause no doubt, but it seems that there would be other mechanisms for doing this. I still remain confused and skeptical about WTC’s intent. In any case, I applaud them for listening to their community. I’m thinking that someone at WTC is having a really bad day at work though. Like this guy:

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From couch potato to Ironman triathlete in 2 years.

Posted on October 28, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for posting this. Great site. His statement seems very disengenuous to me. If they’re really concerned about “unused spots” and opening up more spots in north American Ironman, why don’t they just change their policy of race slots being non-refundable, non-transferrable. They should maintain waiting lists and/or allow the resale of Ironman spots. There’s no good reason not to as far as I can tell & all the justifications for the current policy I’ve heard seem bogus. The dirty little secret of trialthlon is that something like a third of athletes don’t show up for their nonrefundable spots, and race producers laugh all the way to the bank.

    • Thanks for dropping by! I’m just glad they decided to drop it. I really doubt they are sitting in their office and saying “Gee, we feel really bad about having all this money from people that dont race.” I agree that they need some new policies regarding transfers or refunds.

      Thanks again for your input!

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