Last year the Lakes of the North ski race in Dec. was held with no timing taking place. We used the old running race placings system of handing out placement (no times) sticks at the end of the race. So only placings were recorded. A question has come up about whether we could or should have timing which most likely will cost money. Last year the race was held in some really tough conditions as the huge amount of snow that had fallen in 2 days before the race was not packed down to anywhere close to pristine conditions. Lakes of the North had also lost power for most of the 2 days before the race event. The entry fee was $10 for adults and $5 for juniors and a free lunch (costing Vasa ski club $12/PP) was provided. So the question is would you as ski racers support a higher entry fee (say $15) to support timing? The race is to be held this year on Sat. Dec 21st at Lakes of the North just east of Mancelona. We did have many favorable comments on the low cost of the race but will listen to what racers want. Suggestions are encouraged.
Correction: Last year the race entry fee was $15 for seniors and $10 for juniors. We paid Lakes of the North $12 PP for the lunch and the final reconciliation showed a profit of about $40. Our goal was to only break even. We did not want to make money on this race. There were about 85 entrants. But again the question is do we pay for timing which will most likely mean a higher entry fee.
We kind of prided ourselves on the lowest cost entry fee for a Michigan Cup race. Plus we had one of a kind Michigan Cup beverage coasters as awards. (not exactly like getting one of those envelopes in the old days from Garland) but still an original Michigan Cup coaster.
So is there a way to do timing without any added cost? Suggestions are encouraged.
Curt: Your race was fine as is don't change a thing. I personally won't do a race if it is more than $25. I also have a problem with higher day of fees when a lot of races don't return entry money if the race is cancelled.