What–did I really agree to do this race again?
After all my bitching and moaning after the registration debacle for the 2014 Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon, and my mixed feelings about the event (despite 2014’s improvements), I decided to sign up because a friend of mine, S, has never done it and I thought it would be fun to try it again after a year’s break.
I knew registration for the 2016 SeaWheeze would be a tense affair based on my past experience, but I was trying to be Zen about the whole thing and not stress too much, in keeping with my new outlook on life (ha!).
I had a leisurely run along the waterfront with my BRF, Aimee, and the rest of my morning was consistently kick-back until about 9:40 a.m., when I logged on to Eventbrite. Meanwhile, Aimee was trying to register herself.
At 10:00 a.m., registration opened and I lucked out by being able to register immediately on my iPad (it sounds like others using the mobile platform also had an easier time registering successfully). My friend, S, was able to register on a desktop after being shoved into the dreaded Eventbrite “waiting room” for an anxious few minutes before being allowed to register.
Aimee, also using a desktop, was not so lucky–she was placed into the waiting room and then–about 10 minutes later–was kicked out by some gremlin in the system. When she immediately tried to get in again, she was informed that the event had sold out. Totally lame.
I can’t believe that SeaWheeze–all 10,017 registration spots of it–sold out in 10 minutes. And I can’t believe that a race of this size doesn’t have a more reliable registration system, especially after its past problems with registration, and in light of other high-profile races’ solutions for registration problems (e.g., the 2013 Chicago Marathon). Nobody should be ousted from the queue as Aimee was.
I consider myself very, very lucky for getting a spot. By some fluke, I decided to register on my iPad, which was apparently the way to go this year (others who registered on mobile devices seemed to have similar, relatively pain-free registration experiences). I’m relieved S was able to get in because she’s the one who hatched the plan and she’s never participated in SeaWheeze. I’m bummed, though, that Aimee didn’t get in.
It looks like the SeaWheeze theme this year has something to do with secret agents or “Mission Impossible,” judging by my registration confirmation email:
I’m not sure how that theme will translate to the nearly legendary special-edition SeaWheeze training shorts or the event itself, but–knowing the creative minds at Lululemon–I’m sure it’ll be interesting and unique.
So it’s done. I’m in for 2016 and I’m excited to see what’s new and improved (one thing I know and like: there’s a runners-only pre-sale in the SeaWheeze store).
Interested in the Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon? Read my recap of the 2014 event.
Have you ever run the SeaWheeze? Do you want to? Did you try to register for the race this year?