I had requested free entry to Tri the Rez this year, but the Triathlon Club at FSU has declined my request. We had a little meeting tonight to discuss why. Basically, the club does not think that I deserve a free race entry just because I founded the race and served as race director for two years. The race earned $100 the first year, $1,000 the second year, and $5,000 last year. I was not race director last year, but much of that money is due to the reputation that I built in the first two years. I did race for free last year and it was amazing. I got race number 1 and the best spot in transition. It was the most fun I've ever had in a race because I got to see my course in action. I think it is completely fair to get a free race entry at a minimum for each year I was RD.
Let me also mention that I took a big gamble on this race. The club did not have any money at the time, so I financed Tri the Rez the first year on my credit card, hoping that I could attract enough entry fees to cover the costs. My gamble paid off and the club was the beneficiary. I cannot believe that they told me that I should not be rewarded for this past gamble.
The club sees this race as a fundraiser and thinks that letting me race for free will detract from the profits the race earns. They're right about that. I predict the race will make $8,000 this year. It would have made $0 if I had not started it. When I asked what they would do with the extra money they made from my entry they did not answer. When I asked again, the question was evaded again. The race would not be harmed in any way by giving me free entry.
In all the service that I did for the club, Race Director was the toughest. It's way harder than president or treasurer.
I don't care about the money, but a nice gesture would be great. Turns out that I ended up with a $15 discount versus what everybody else pays right now...how generous. I told the officers never to ask me for anything else to help "the club." I will still help individual members as I always have, but this feels like a giant stab of betrayal from a club to which I have given so much.
I really wish I could go on a run and think about this/cool off, but I'm a participating in an exercise research study tomorrow and I'm not allowed to run! #firstworldproblems