Message Category: Specific Race Discussions Topic: Anyone getting tired of technical shirts races?
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You've made some good points... MG 4/9/12 7:44:39 PM ET
and the option to decline the shirt is a good one. This sport can be 'un-green' so this is one way to cut some of the waste. For multiple racers, they'd be the ones most likely to pass on the shirt; first-timers and newbies would probably opt for the shirts. Two points you sorta touched on...the wastefulness of resources—how many expos have you attended and received a bag of stuff that almost 99% of which is tossed? Wastes resources and manpower. The other is race entry fees—they continue to climb to breathtaking heights—foregoing the shirt and maybe a few other things may help mitigate some of these ridiculous entry fees (New York, REALLY?) Anything to bring these races back to their humble roots works for me. They are now marketing events and spectacles and much less of an athletic race. The higher prices, and shirts, signage, official fill-in-the-blank, and expos that are ad-fests have taken away some of the simplicity of this sport. I know it's difficult to stage and insure without some sponsorship but clearly some races have jumped the shark.