This is an update to our previous post about the 2016 IRONMAN Arizona registration. By a stroke of luck, there were a few spots left for open general registration online, despite last year’s onsite sellout, and over 1000 people taking advantage of the combined 70.3/IMAZ package as well as huge crowds registering onsite in Tempe earlier today. We’ve also learned Smile Train, the official IMAZ charity partner, was discounting their charity fundraising requirement to only $3,500 until noon.
Online registration opened at exactly 2 PM EST, and there were no technical issues or glitches with the registration site for Ragen to complain about. Registration is still open as of publishing time at 2:20 PM EST. It remains to be seen whether Ragen has secured a spot. In any case, this means she has absolutely no excuse for failing to register for the race.
Update: Online registration has now been open for more than two hours. It would appear Ragen is busy working a real job this weekend as a programs manager at the Lean Startup Conference. Hopefully it didn’t impact her ability to register for IMAZ.
Update 2: Ragen has registered for IRONMAN Arizona 2016. She was able to get a normal online registration slot because of the special situation this year. It seems fairly obvious she had no plan to actually register, based on previous years. By sheer luck, this year IMAZ decided to add a large number of extra registration slots, most likely because the new rolling swim start can accommodate more athletes. Let the crowdfunding and training excuses begin!