Sunday was a day of WOWs in our house. Our day began as a normal Sunday morning.
We left the house at 8:40 am EST to attend church, kids and grandparents in tow.
Open registration for the Space Coast Half Marathon opened at 9 a.m. EST. My husband and I planned to register upon returning home from church for the November race.
At 9:20 a.m. EST on the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon Facebook page the announcement, “Space Coast HALF Marathon is now filled to capacity!” posted.
At 10:10 am, I checked my phone in the car and saw a post from my girlfriend alerting me that she’d registered for the half but registration was now closed. What?! And Wow!
At 12:15 p.m. the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon Facebook page posted a RunSignUp blog post, explaining how RunSignUp calculated race cap for the Space Coast Half and all other races they facilitate. Apparently there were numerous complaints about the process. Upon reading the blog I found myself wowed again – the fastest registration for the Space Coast race was 55 seconds and there were over 300 people who were registered in under 4 minutes. Race capacity for the Space Coast Half is 3,600 registrants. Think about that, in under 20 minutes, three thousand six hundred runners registered for a race online. Not only is the speed impressive but the enthusiasm runners have for races like this is extraordinary.
This coming weekend is the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, our race of the month, yet another race that sold out in under a day with a capacity 24,000 participants. For this race, I sat anxiously at the computer one morning in July, while movers worked around my house packing for our move from Connecticut to Florida. I kept the internet connection on specifically for the race registration, and I refused to let the Movers pack the office until after I completed registration. I’m pretty sure they thought I was a little nutty. I remember sitting at the computer, stressing, as I got kicked off the registration site time and time again while I tried to register for the Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge, capacity 6,500, which sold out in hours. Then stressing again when I got injured in August wondering if I’d be able to run Disney in February. I love to run races, and I think it is amazing that races are selling out with record speeds, months in advance, but…I’m not the best planner when it comes to registering for races, as evident by missing my registration window for the Space Coast Half. If this sell out trend continues with all the races I’m interested in running, I may end up become a very disappointed runner.
How about you…do you stress the race registration race? Is the stress of registering taking the fun out of the run?