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USM Entry Fees

Postby Christina Brinkmann » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:03 pm

:shock: USM events are popular but are they treating their bread and butter athletes, the age groupers, with contempt with the ever increasing entry fees? Where does this money go? Not into running the event it appears as other organisations can run triathlons at half the USM entry fee. Does it go to a handful of elite athletes in the form of prize money, something I don't really want to contribute to, or does it go into the USM fatcat's wallets?

For a non member it will cost $335 plus a 5% booking fee to do the Sunshine Coast 70.3, or I can do a similar event, the Hervey Bay 100 as a non member for $170. USM get showered with local Council support and sponsorships so where does the extra $150 or 45% of the age grouper's entry fee go?
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Re: USM Entry Fees

Postby george-bob » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:36 am

It seems the ironman branding has more to do with an event cost than anything, I came across a forum thread of cairns locals complaining about the sharp increase in entry fees when cairns went from an independent tri to an ironman event.
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Re: USM Entry Fees

Postby wardie » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:14 am

Go over to transitions.org.au and there's always heaps of posts on Ironman fees etc.
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Re: USM Entry Fees

Postby Parker » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:28 pm

Christina Brinkmann wrote::shock: USM events are popular but are they treating their bread and butter athletes, the age groupers, with contempt with the ever increasing entry fees? Where does this money go? Not into running the event it appears as other organisations can run triathlons at half the USM entry fee. Does it go to a handful of elite athletes in the form of prize money, something I don't really want to contribute to, or does it go into the USM fatcat's wallets?

For a non member it will cost $335 plus a 5% booking fee to do the Sunshine Coast 70.3, or I can do a similar event, the Hervey Bay 100 as a non member for $170. USM get showered with local Council support and sponsorships so where does the extra $150 or 45% of the age grouper's entry fee go?

It's called a business and like any business it's called making a profit.... Regarding prize pool, usually it's put up by the headline sponsor, if you don't want to be sure that your entry fee's don't contribute to prize pool, then maybe don't enter.

USM runs really good events in my experience
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Re: USM Entry Fees

Postby Baldy » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:58 pm

I suggest you ignore Parky Brewster, contact USM and explain to them in detail why you like riding in the rain.

The fee might go from entry to appearance 8)
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Re: USM Entry Fees

Postby Christina Brinkmann » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:44 am

Parker, I did exactly what you suggested and did not enter. I refuse to support businesses that are greedy and will leave that to the mugs. I will do an alternative event with a reasonable entry fee.

Baldy, I also like your idea. :lol:
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Re: USM Entry Fees

Postby Parker » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:53 pm

Nicely done Christina, it's true, Ironman is expensive enough without the entry fee's, but whilst I can afford them I'll continue to enter.
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