Just seen this on ebay......bid for a Kona Ironman Slot for 2005
So far bidding is $29,700 for those interested!!!! wow
I emptied out my cookie jar but I'm $29,695 short. Maybe next year...
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what a capitalist pig. i know some primadonnas in South Tampa that could afford it though :)
One year 5 South Tampa Friends got into kona ...Hmmmm.....
Oh Geez and you know I think the Ironman founder lives in that area ( tarpon springs, FL ) i'll find out.
i'm pretty certain it's all for charity... part of their foundation?
It is for charity. Every year they have a few of these auctions on eBay. This year they are going to build a new YMCA on Kona with the proceeds.
i rather qualify for it; it's funner & keeps my dream alive. Besides If i have 30Gs they'll go to my daughter's college education anyway
It is for Charity, they have six slots this year........I think it is kinda cool as I am sure there are loads of people/groups that can raise that amount of money.
30K! That's some major green! 38 bids at the moment, I wish I had that kind of coin. My bike would be fast enough to get me there w/out buying the slot!
Good idea though, at least the money will be put back into the community.
chartity is great but what happened at Kona is more of a problem for the Pro Athlete. It is or was a "World Champoinship" race but coverage of the ironman in regard to the Pro Athlete has somewhat been reduced from the stories they expose during the race. I am not knocking charitys so dont jump down my throat. Instead of seeing sponsors of the Pros they dont get a lot of press time on the TV. Imagine if the Tour D' France started giving away slots on Ebay .... Its not going to happen. The Pros need to rally around getting some other World Champoinship going.... They race for a living and more TV time would be good for them and their sponsors. just my 2 cents.
You have to remember that in triathlon it is pretty much the only sport where the age-groupers race with pros. There aren't any age-groupers in the TdF. This is what makes triathlon so special.
Media coverage will always be what it is - slanted - they want some human interest story - in a lot of cases because they don't really comprehend the sport. But getting more media and public interest can only help the sponsers. I agree that buying your way into Kona is rather weak, but there are sweepstakes like Degree and others that back door athletes into the race. This one as it goes to charity at least is not self-serving.
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