John Elliot is right! We shouldn't sell race numbers, if we can't use them we should give them away!
All I know is that races like Marine Corps and particularly New York (those bloodsuckers!) get rich off of people entering and not running. New York, which charges a $7 non-refundable application fee to all applicants, and Marine Corps guarentee you entry into next years race if you pay for this years race and don't run it. Of course for the honor you must pay another entry fee, even though you never ran the race the first time. Well isn't that generous?
Hey, if the race is keeping the money, someone should run the race. The first year of the Disney Marathon they actually allowed number transfers. Well some saavy race director came along and put an abrubt end to that, now it's like all the others if you sign up (like 6 months before the race) you either run the race or end up going home with nothing except your tail between your mouse ears, 'cause no one else can run on your nickel (wait it's Disney make that your Amex Gold)!
The solution is easy, allow transfers. Charge a nominal fee ($10 - 15) and let the number be used, until then, give your number away, sell your number, or run as a bandit! Let's not let those race directors keep stickin' it to the little guy!
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