Friday, May 22, 2009

Should Triathlon Companies be Held to Lower Standards During the Recession?

After hearing many triathletes, particularly Xterra participants, express their frustration at the cancellation of races and changes made to race dates long after athletes had already gotten airfare, I wondered: are we allowing companies some slack due to the economy? Should we?

Xterra 29er recently posted this grievance about XTERRA racing this year:

I want to love you but you make it hard when:
  1. You cut a bunch of races from the 2008 to the 2009 season
  2. You list races for 2009 and then cancel them
  3. You list races for 2009 and then change their dates
WTF? Just found out that XTERRA Lock 4 back in Nashville has been moved from July 12 to July 18. No big deal unless you already planned your summer, bought tickets, and had gotten psyched about going back home on a different weekend.

Eric commented on my blog that he's "seriously bummed about no Xterra races in SoCal. I'll probably do only two total races this year and not make it to USA Champs or World'd like I wantd to. :("

Getting angry at companies like Xterra for canceling races and changing dates late in the game is tricky, since Xterra franchises its events to independent race organizations. It seems like the parent company lending its name does not have much control over what happens to our favorite races when the economy goes south.

What do you think? Should we just roll with it and expect some faulty race scheduling, or should we hold companies like Xterra to the high race production standards they've set for themselves in years past? Link


  1. I like your new pciture/heading/whatever you call it. I couldn't find a better place to comment than this.

  2. Hahaha. Thank you very much! I got funky with the Photoshop :P

  3. I voice my opinion with my wallet and the crappy turonouts this year at Xterra races and their subsequent rule change for Nationals Qualifying says they're at least paying attention. Doesn't matter for me anymore since I broke my hand Memorial Day weekend :(. See you next season...