This news article was posted on Bloomberg this morning:
Anyone thinking about signing up on June 15th?
For those who have not seen, here is the official race website:
I also have to call it out as a piss-poor money grab. They are flirting with $1,000 entry fees (quoted MINIMUM of $750) and only have a $100,000 purse for a "Championship" race for IM distance? Rev 3 Quassy pays out $150,000 for a HALF.
I don't find the location that appealing for what I have seen as well as being a New Englander and spending time in NYC in the summer... can you say Bad Air warnings? BIG CITY + MIDDLE of SUMMER = SMOG and bad breathing.
Late May/Early June fine. September - Fine. Early/Middle of August... Whoa Nelly!
No way I would consider doing this race. I grew up in NJ and live an hour north of Philly; this would be the perfect place for me to do my second Ironman. What I see is a race that takes place in NJ and has a finish line in NYC. To have the race in August is going to be miserable for all racers. Temperatures will be in the 90's and the humidity will be in the 90's as well. With all of that said, there are a ton of people out there that are going to have no problems forking over $1,000 just to register for the race and then spend another $2,000 - $5,000 for airfare, logding, etc. Good luck to anyone that does this, but count me out.
agreed north jersey in august is not a great time for this race but they sell out no problem
Since this is the "Ironman U.S. Championship", I wonder how the course stacks up on the "fairness-scale"? Florida lost the 70.3 Championship because of its flat bike portion and the resulting draft party that was possible. The swim at "NYC" IM, can, from most accounts that I've read, be described as swim heaven for the weak swimmers (with the current assist). Is the bike portion and run portion of this new IM race distinct, and challenging enough to be worthy of the U.S. Championship site? From what I can initially tell, there are more challenging bike venues out there for a I.M. U.S. Championship.
I find it interesting that the IM U.S. Championship would be held on an unproven course, when there are other IM's out there that have an established pedigree.