The Red Trolley Classic is on the schedule and registration is open. Its' the first big race weekend for people in San Diego and really all of Southern California. I've been involved with this race since its first year in 2003, and I really do enjoy putting on the race. I've managed to keep the entry fees the same, even though the costs have risen by 20% over the last several years. Ambulance cost has gone up by about $400 since the race started, USCF insurance fees have gone up by about $600, officials fees by about $200, and San Diego City traffic control costs have gone up by about $1500 over the last several years. ( from $300 a few years ago, to $1800 this year) Fortunately the costs of the toilets and dumpsters, Ralph Elliot's announcing, traffic control equipment, and other costs have stayed relatively the same over the years. Still, these increases mean that race entry fees will go up by a few dollars next year. It also means that we have to give some serious thought to the categories that we have racing. The cash, and time outlays are quite significant, and I am putting my own money on the line. We already lose money all morning by running the collegiate races, which have relatively small fees and mandated low entry fees. We had to make the decision a few years ago to cut out the junior races, as we can't afford to lose money on those as well. The women's field has been the smallest field over the last several years, and if the women's race does not have enough entries this year, we may have to eliminate that category as well. It is simple fact that revenue needs to be generated to cover all the costs of putting on the race. I would love to help support women's racing, but I simply can't afford to take money out of my own pocket to make that happen. So please women racers.... please come out to the 9th Annual Red Trolley, so that we can have you there for the 10th! -Sean
You may want to read my post from last spring explaining: Why it costs $10,000 to put on an industrial park crit.