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OverBiker_SamOverBiker_Sam Member, Rooster Endurance Member
Got an email tonight that I received a roll down for Alcatraz (I was AG 4th in Escape from Philly and somebody in 1-3 must have passed on their slot), and I can register and skip the lottery.

And oh, pay $750 for the privilege of racing in a oly distance race. And pay for plane tickets (the wife and daughter would come), and hotel, and food.

Has anybody done the race? I'm shocked at the cost - I know there are limited slots, but for that price and the travel from the east coast, I could easily cover an IM. Or heck, a Challenge race in the Caribbean!
  1. Should I spend a season's worth of registrations on a single race?18 votes
    1. It is an iconic race - go for it!
    2. Spend the cash on Challenge Aruba and buy Ben and AJ a round!


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    EmilyCocksEmilyCocks Member, Pro Triathlete
    I have done it 10x. It's a great race and experience.

    It is also expensive.

    I can't say if it is "worth" the cost to you and the family but if you want to spend a few days in San Francisco with the family, do some sightseeing and spend more $$ on hotel, food and fun, go for it. Life is about experiences and not "stuff" they say.

    Or, you could always do the race and then head to Yosemite or something cool like that.
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    I won a "spot" in Des Moines and passed it up. Had I moved up a spot to 1st where the entry was free, then it would have been tempting but I went ahead and just passed it up. The guy who beat me (by a lot), didn't even consider it - he turned down the free spot immediately (they made us decide on the podium) - had they rolled down his free entry I might have considered it and would have made it a quick, cheap, solo trip for the race(to the extent you can do that in San Fran).

    If it were a good spot for the entire family to make a trip, then the decision process would have been easier. However, at the age of my kids, all they care about is if the hotel has a swimming pool, free breakfast where they can pick out what they want and if they can get mac&cheese and/or chicken strips at every meal. San Francisco would be wasted on them at this point.
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    AaronWebsteyAaronWebstey Administrator, Rooster Endurance Member, Rooster Endurance Officers
    Skip Ben and AJ, and buy me a round! :)
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    @OverBiker_Sam I'm about an hour away from SF. Stay with us, save the hotel money and do both races!
    Sometimes I tweet... Follow PescadoPelado
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    Do the race. Leave the kids at @KenElPescadoPelado 's house and you and the wife get a room in the city.
    KenElPescadoPeladoAaronWebsteyRashsimonsen77M_WareMamaCheetahKelly O'MaraCraig_DTad_Mmbrekk44
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    wchevron said:

    Do the race. Leave the kids at @KenElPescadoPelado 's house and you and the wife get a room in the city.

    I wouldn't mind, but are you sure that's wise? Sam's handle indicates he likes to ride too hard, which could leave him spent for the race and with the kid count on the rise.
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    MattMatt Member, Administrator, Rooster Endurance Member
    Have them listen to Emperor!

    Granpa Chook

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