Lululemon SeaWheeze 2016

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!).

relaxing morning - alsoranagain

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.

screenshot seawheeze 2016 - alsoranagain

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:

confirming email seawheeze 2016 - alsoranagain

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.

2013 seawheeze shorts - alsoranagain

The 2013 SeaWheeze training shorts: Mad for plaid!

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?

25 thoughts on “Lululemon SeaWheeze 2016

    • I know! It’s incredible how the interest in this race has grown exponentially. The first year, 2012, it took about 6 months to fill. In 2013, about a month. In 2014, approximately an hour (and that was after the system completely crashed and they had to delay further registrations to another week). I think they should probably move to the lottery system.

  1. Sheesh! The pressure! I’m so glad that both you and your friend S were able to get in together; it would’ve been horrible if one of you got in and the other did not! That’s one of the things that makes me so nervous about trying to run a race like Chicago or NYC with local friends…you just never know. Congrats!! I know you’ll have fun, Molly!!

  2. Sold-out in 10 minutes?! Wow! There is nothing worse than having to stalk a website to register for something. Especially with tech issues. Selling out that fast would also make me think they’d increase their size? Although they are pretty big already. So interesting to me! Glad you were able to get in!

    • Thanks! People are serious about registering for this race. There’s a very active SeaWheeze 2016 Facebook group where a lot of people posted about their registration-related anxieties as well as helpful tips. I picked up the tip about logging into Eventbrite well before registration opened from that FB group. I think it helped!

  3. Carmen says:

    I think the race sells out so fast because it is worth every cent. It isn’t a race that you show up, get your crappy race t-shirt (you know the one, it hides at the bottom of your running drawer never to see the light of day) and a green banana at the end. You get yoga, tattoos, exclusive gear, Lulu shorts, a concert in the magnificent Stanley Park, a training app, and do I need to mention the incredible team spirit. Look at the race videos. Do you ever see so many people smiling at one time? For so long? While running a ridiculously long distance? The race course is beautiful. The water stops are plentiful and full of treasures. The encouragement along the course is second to none. And lets not even get into the finish line swag and brunch. Holy crap!! For $128 you get an entire weekend of entertainment, fitness, sunshine, ocean views and memories that last a lifetime. Nevermind the new group of friends you are sure to make/meet. I sat at my computer, heart pounding, terrified I wasn’t going to get in. Why? Because it is worth it. So so worth it.

    • I agree that the SeaWheeze is a good value. In the 3 years I’ve attended, I’ve never participated in the yoga sessions or Sunset Festivals, but I still feel I got my money’s worth out of the swag.

  4. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    So jealous! I was just talking to my BRF about wanting to do this as our goal race next year and had NO IDEA that registration had already taken place! Such a bummer! Excited for you!

  5. My friend encouraged me to sign up. I was at work, but logged onto the site at the appointed time – was initially thrown into the waiting room, then got an alert that my ‘requested item’ was no longer available. But I persevered, tried again – and got it! So now I’m registered for 2016!

    Unfortunately, the friend who recommended that I sign up had similar technical problems…and didn’t get in. This is very sad. 😦

  6. Maya says:

    Hi alsoranagain – Congrats for getting into Seawheeze 2016! I only recently read about it – i’m in the UK – and really want to try and get onto the 2017 one. Sounds like you have to plan ahead some! I don’t seem to be able to find out how to actually apply for entry though…the Seawheeze website isn’t clear on this either. You mention something called ‘Eventbrite’? Is this like a third-party ticketing company or something? I’d love advice, so I can get primed for next fall. Really enjoying your blog by the way, and can’t wait to hear how your Seawheeze experience is this time around. Hope to hear back from you with advice. Thanks, Maya.

    • Thank you, Maya!

      I am very excited for the next SeaWheeze. You’re right, though–getting registered takes a lot of pre-planning (and quick fingers). The website doesn’t look like it’s been updated with 2017 race info, and the 2017 race date probably won’t be announced till after the 2016 event. I think the best way to keep posted on registration details is by “liking” the SeaWheeze Facebook page.

      Eventbrite is a third party event coordination/ticketing company. SeaWheeze has used Eventbrite for the last few years, and my best guess is that it will in the future. Probably a good idea to set up an Eventbrite account at least a day in August 2016 to make sure you’re all set for 2017’s registration day.

      • Maya says:

        Hi there – Happy new year, and so sorry for the super-late reply. Thanks so much for the insight and advice, it was really helpful. Hope the trainings going well – I’ll keep an eye on your blog for your reflections on the 2016 Seawheeze 😀

  7. Diana says:

    Thank you for your blog, very interesting! I, too was hoping to register for SeaWheeze but looks like I’ll have to try to register later this year for 2017. I look forward to reading your blog about this year’s race. Happy Running!!!

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