10 COMMENTS

  1. Classic Politician answers.. not answering the direct question as they either have to lie or tell the ACTUAL truth. RacePass looks like they had an idea, but didn’t think it through properly and get the support of the Race Directors / Races. In principle a good idea if everyone was on board….

  2. fleece, fleece, fleece is their mantra. Again, a fool and their money are quickly parted. If anyone gave these guys any money initially, they deserve to get fleeced. The arrogance (and possible illegality) of listing events for sale for which they haven’t gotten the rights to, tells you they are unscrupulous. Seriously, without this initial inquiry one would have to question the legitimacy or practicality of their endeavor. The fact alone that his answers are pure legal/political posturing, screams run but not a race: run away from them!

    And he keeps saying he’s a member of the running community: where, what running community?

    • ” where, what running community?”

      There’s nothing on Athlinks for Chase Rigby, and handful of entries for people named Thomas Hammel and quite a few for the Thomas Hansen’s of the world

      I wonder if the $700 is just going to buy some Photoshop licenses, a color printer and a big roll of Tyvek to make fake bibs?

  3. also, shame on Runner’s World and other publications for blindly publicizing this without doing any background work.

  4. This does nothing to boost my confidence in RacePass, not that I was inclined to use it in the first place. (I did a quick check of races offered near my city and came across at least one event whose sponsor, I can almost guarantee, would not authorize RacePass to offer the event to subscribers.)

    The “answers,” to me, are nonanswers. As usual, I guess, caveat emptor.

  5. And don’t forget how they’ll be selling all the personal info they collect from runners by sticking themselves in the registration process. You don’t think they’ll respect our privacy any more than they respected race directors, do you?

  6. I still do not see the distinction that makes them of value in a business plan. Why would runners register through them instead of through a race site? Online registration even by mobile device is at the limits of convenience already. There is no basis for a reseller to be able to get a better price for the consumer runner in his instance. And you pay a fee on top – for what? Free training plans and tracking???

    I guess if businesses can sell tap water in a bottle maybe this can succeed but I do not see the product value to a consumer. There is no innovation just an attempt at consolidation that seems unauthorized by the actual races.

  7. I had no plans on using it anyway, especially since now days I have not been doing running races, but Triathlons, but the answers provided would definitely make me less likely to use their service.

  8. That last one is where my interest lies: “clarifying waivers”. I would like to know how waiver signatures (digital or paper) are acquired. Are the customers signing the actual race waivers, or some stand-in blanket waiver presented by Racepass?

    But, as I mentioned on the first post, it’s otherwise just a concierge service. I can’t think of what law would possibly prevent this.

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