Monday, February 3, 2014

The 2014 Sea Wheeze Sells Out In Under an Hour!!!

Wow, I did not expect the Sea Wheeze to sell out in under an hour. I know races have been selling faster and faster this year but this is such a new race. The first year, 40% of the spots went to employees and I believe it took a month (or six weeks) to sell out last year.  It has to be my great race recaps that have really sold this race. Or maybe it was this awesome video of last year's race:




Whatever the reasons, I got in and so did my sister and niece. My sister and I are going for a three-peat and we couldn't be more excited - this is our favorite race. For those of you who are going for the first time, you are going to love it.  Lululemon puts on a super nice race and weekend of events and Vancouver is just a wonderful city to visit.

Did you get in?

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I clicked over exactly at 10:00 am, waited for ~2 minutes and registered successfully. I also went back and bought my husband a ticket to the sunset festival 15 minutes later without any issues. MUCH better registration process this time around using the EventBrite platform.

I hope we don't see any SW regs pop up on Ebay or Craigslist - that would be SO lame!

Mary Baylor said...

I got in!!! So excited!!! I missed the registration last year but enjoyed shopping the day before the race. I did get to run a half marathon 7 weeks later :) So this year, I'm doing back to back races!

Anonymous said...

ooh that looks like so much fun! I wish I could go! but will be back in europe by then :(
Lots of fun to all of you - enjoy! and hope you can get all the supernice lulu stuff :)

Danielle S said...

I missed it..im soooo upset. i tried for 35 mins :(
can you buy these tix on ebay ??? I didnt know if you could resell these..it is sad but thats the only way i can go i guess. im just hoping i can get a ticket for my husband and me, i was soooo excited for this

Fashionable Chemist said...

I went to the website as soon as 10:00 am hit, and was successfully registered by 10:03 am. This is my third time running the race as well. It's really well done!

Rachael said...

I logged in right at 10 am (central) and had no issues. There was no "waiting room" so I was a bit confused. I went directly to race sign up. I was registered in less than a minute. I thought they were lying that it was going to sell out fast, since the process was so easy. This will also be my third year running. My husband and friend also got in, which will both be their second time running. :) I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Tried to register at 11:01. Couldn't get in :( I ran last year and was looking forward to running again this year, but it wasn't meant to be :(

Rachael said...

Sorry, I meant noon (central), not 10 am. Just wanted to correct myself :).

LuluAddict said...

@anon 11:12 am - Event Brite is who they used for the first two Sea Wheezes. Guess they dumped 2M and went back to Event Brite. Hope they got their money back. It went smoothly for me though we were sweating my niece getting in for a few minutes but she made it.

luluFemom said...

I got in and, thankfully, so did my hubs. This has been such an amazing getaway for us for the past two years -- fantastic race, beautiful city, luxe accommodations and unbeatable race swag! (Of course, it's also the only four days all year we spend away from our three kids, so we joke that we could go to a Motel 6 on route 1 and probably feel the same way...;) Not sure I can handle the "sells out in an hour!" anxiety going forward, so this may be our last year unless they institute a legacy program -- I was a nervous wreck all day! But who am I kidding? It was totally worth it. ;)

Jen said...

I'm in for SW #3! All of us that have run in the past got in (we all registered right at 10 - my regular confirmation is time stamped at 10:02), and I registered my husband at 10:22. I believe it was starting to sell out at that point as my first attempt to register him was met with a "sorry, ticket quantity not available."

So happy, especially after the debacle on 1/23.

Anonymous said...

So bummed. I have been sitting in the "waiting room" since 10:20. I guess I can close those pages now. Congrats to everyone who got in!

Anonymous said...

I got both my and my boyfriend in! I'm so excited. I was super nervous only one of us would get registered.

I can't believe no one has speculated it might be selling out for fast because the shorts last year went for big money on ebay. I'm not a big fan of crowds so I few less people when I run will be A-Okay for me. ;)

Latoya Marble said...

I got in!! My first ever trip to Canada and my second half marathon. Woohoo. Clicked on the computer right at 11MST and it took me only 5 minutes. I brought my computer from home so I used autofill and was able to get my info in FAST!

Anonymous said...

Got in! My first ever trip to Canada and my second half marathon. Click register at 11:00 MST and was able to finish up in 6 mins. Used my home computer so "autofill" was my best friend. I can't believe it!! Now I gotta get a passport.

Anonymous said...

I was set to register two weeks ago before the crash but decided against it in the intervening wait time. I would be traveling and would rather spend my limited travel $ on a full.

Anonymous said...

Oh shoot, I was focused on my trainer session this morning and forgot about registration. Dang :(

Anonymous said...

I was on the website waiting for the clock to hit 10am and I was able to register right on the dot without going to waiting room! My sister also registered right away! Feeling very excited and lucky to be running our first Seawheeze!

Anonymous said...

I logged in at 11:00am and got myself and two daughters registered within in minutes. This is our three-peat of the race. Very excited to run in Vancouver again.

LuluAddict said...

@ luluFemon - totally hear you on the sells out in under an hour anxiety going forward. I've been sweating registering for Disneyland races for last three - the Dumbo sold out in 40 minutes just a couple of weeks ago. Last year, it took an hour. It's just craziness.

Anonymous said...

congratulations to those who got in!

this race is on my bucket list, but i'm registered for DL Dumbo this year (i'm on the East Coast, so can't really do both). i am amazed at how quickly popular races are selling out. i guess it's good that people are exercising! :)

J said...

I think it was the photos posted of the whimsical post-race breakfast tents that inspired the fast sell-out! Much more fun than a table full of bananas.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 12:17 pm - I am not doing Dumbo but doing the DL Half this year, too. I had such a fun time at Tinkerbell I couldn't resist signing up again.

Anonymous said...

Did not get in at 10:07 am and not anytime afterwards. :(

Seattlite said...

Got in! I was refreshing the page at 11:59 (central) to make sure I would get in immediately. Quick and painless.
My girlfriend is a Vancouver native and was hoping to sign up (I have been pressuring her :P ) but she didn't realize it was going to fill up so fast. No luck for her.
I'll be running this one solo.

LLA Think you could post a picture of the past medals side-by-side? I'm excited to see what the Seawheeze bling will look like this year, and curious about the past!

Anonymous said...

Pretty darn excited I got in after the debacle a few weeks ago! This will be my 10th half marathon and my first trip to Vancouver. Looks like it's gonna be a blast :)

Anonymous said...

That video makes it seem like such a fun race! If I lived in Vancouver or even the west coast (I'm on the east coast) I'd definitely want to do it. Maybe someday, but for now I'll stick to my local races. Enjoy, everyone who's going!

Taryn13 said...

SW #3 for me!!! No problem registering right at 10:00am and neither did my boyfriend. We live in the area and make a weekend getaway of the race ... we stay in a hotel downtown and enjoy our beautiful city. My BF were taking about this last night: what is to stop someone from running the race even if they haven't joined? Yes, you get a wristband and timimg chip, but you could still join the time corrals that morning and run along side and nobody would know. You wouldn't get the swag at the end, and the brunch, etc because you don't have a wristband but you could certainly still run it and time yourself and enough the cool cheer stations along the way!
Anyhow I'm excited and am counting down the day! Tough Mudder in June and Sea Wheeze in Aug! Woohoo!!

macfrannie said...

I was so excited to get in I jumped up and down. LOL after the terrible experience the first registration go round I didn't have high expectations at all

Anna said...

So excited - I was on the fence after the registration "issues" a couple of weeks ago, but gave it a go. Got in right at 12:01 (CST) and didn't even hit the waiting room. It was all done by about 12:04. Now to convince hubby to come with me to Vancouver and be my cheering section.

Anonymous said...

(i'm the anon running Dumbo.) i'm super excited. i did the 10k and half last month at WDW, so i'll be working for my Coast to Coast medal as well. this trip will be our first one to Disneyland. i'm excited!

Anonymous said...

@ Taryn 3:10 PM, that is so lame to suggest someone would run it without being registered. Even more lame if one did it.

Anonymous said...

P.S. An unregistered person cannot just jump in and think they can run the race: you haven't agreed to a waiver of liability. It's also the reason races have a cap on participants, only so many planned for participants can safely be involved in the event.

Meg said...

I'm in!! Soooo excited, I haven't done a half in 7 years, but the idea of Seawheeze has motivated me to get moving again. Stoked!

LuluAddict said...

@Meg - I've only done Disney and Sea Wheeze races but I think it's a great race. My only concern is whether we will get bad weather. Last year, the weather turned about 10 degree colder and was rainy on the Sunday after the race. I know summer doesn't last long in the Pacific Northwest (I'm annexing Vancouver to our NW ;-) )

Anonymous said...

http://weatherspark.com/averages/28404/8/24/Vancouver-British-Columbia-Canada

The first weeks of August are preferable, but the weather is still nice in late August. I WOULD expect more people to have throw away start line gear though, so bring something with you other than Lulu to wear over your race gear to wait in! BUT, if your are going to wear lulu and toss it, let me know and I will run behind you :)

Anonymous said...

Re: unregistered runners, unfortunately this happens all the time. It even has a name: bandit. Just because someone hasn't signed a waiver doesn't physically prevent them from hopping in. Or slapping on an old race bib to try to sneak across the finish unnoticed. Check out this NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/03/sports/othersports/03bandits.html?_r=0

I am sympathetic to runners who consider running as bandits simply because they love to run and want to be part of the excitement, and don't take a medal, finisher swag, or any of the supplies at aid stations. I get it: you just want to get in on the party! However, this still doesn't overcome the problem of liability from a race director's standpoint. A lot of the permitting and other planning depends on estimated numbers of participants, and if a race size was upped by 50% or even 20% due to bandits, what a headache that would be! More people on the course=more congestion=longer duration of street closures, crowd safety issues, etc. And that's coming from someone who didn't get in to Seawheeze but REALLY wants to be a part of it! But no, if you lovely ladies see an un-bibbed runner at Seawheeze, I promise it won't be me. I settled for running a smaller, local full Marathon this spring and will find another fall 1/2.