WTC によるFull Vineman 買収を考える

過去2回のFull Vineman参戦経験、WTCが開催するアイアンマンブランドのレースはフル1回ハーフ2回の参戦経験しかございませんが、今回のFull Vinemanのアイアンマンブランド化について考察します。

Full Vinemanは1990年から昨年で25年の歴史を誇る、ロングディスタンストライアスロンの老舗ブランド。アイアンマンブランドのハーフ(70.3)は即完売するものの、フルディスタンスは、参加費に対して驚く程のキャンペーンディスカウントをオファーしても、ここ数年、売切れることはなく、前日でも申し込み可能という状態で、また、申込み後も事情があって参加不可となった場合、キャンセルして参加費を払戻してもらえるという、なんともフレンドリーな対応。コース設定も、スイムは川での開催、バイクとランはワイナリーのぶどう畑を駆け巡るという、大変魅力的でかつ安全、申し分ないレースです。

しかし、同大会を運営する会社のプレスリリースによると、Full Vinemanの参加者が激減、どうやらその数を埋めるべく、女性向けのBarb’s Raceや、AquaBikeを併催していたようで、売却後はこれらのイベントは開催されないという。

経営判断ですので、同社の決定(Full Vinemanの売却)について、外野の私がどうのこうの言う立場でないのは、十分承知の上ではございますが、カリフォルニア唯一の独立系フルディスタンストライアスロンレースが無くなるのは、小市民的トライアスリート同好者としては少し寂しく思います。imvine

一方、Ironmanブランドが牽引力となって地域経済への貢献、トライアスロン競技者の裾野を広げるに大きな役割を果たすことに期待します。

来週開催のサイクルモードで日本の皆さんにカリフォルニアの素晴しい環境をご紹介するにあたり、今回のニュースは吉報と捉え、参戦すべきレースの一つとして、ご紹介しようと思う次第です。

ちなみに、即完売が予想される70.3 の申し込みは11月9日、今回からIronmanブランドとなったFull Vinemanは11月10日よりオンラインで受付開始です。

2013年ですが、私の好きな美人アスリートレンジーちゃんの動画より、

 

にほんブログ村 その他スポーツブログ トライアスロンへ
にほんブログ村

参考まで、同社のリリースレター添付しておきます。

Dear Athletes,

As many of you may have already hear the news this morning that IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman, the Vineman Triathlon and the events which have been produced along with it (Barb’s Race & the Vineman AquaBike) have been purchased by World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).

When these events were founded in 1990 our goal was to produce them at the highest possible level and provide each entrant with a fantastic and memorable racing experience. We are confident that we have achieved these goals over the past twenty-six years. More than 50,000 athletes from around the world have come to California’s wine country to compete in the Vineman events and enjoy the experience of racing on one of the most beautiful courses in the sport of triathlon. Perhaps the highest compliment we have received has been that we “have the greatest volunteers in the sport.” We are honored to have been able to put on these events for you at a high level for such a long period of time.

In recent years the landscape has changed in the world of long-distance triathlon as the number of IRONMAN events in the United States has increased. In the past three years the participant numbers for the “Full” Vineman have fallen by more than fifty percent. In an effort to continue to provide athletes with what they really want, IRONMAN branded events, we have made the decision to join forces with IRONMAN. We look forward to working with IRONMAN to keep IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman as one of the most popular triathlon events in the world and build IRONMAN Vineman into an event with similar status.

WTC has contracted with Vineman, Inc. to direct the events through 2018. As an athlete, you can expect the same great races you have come to expect when you compete in a Vineman event, now with the amenities that come along with being part of the IRONMAN family. Registration for the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman will open on Monday, November 9 at 9:00a.m. PST and registration for IRONMAN Vineman will open Tuesday, November 10 at 9:00a.m. PST.

In anticipation of the field size and popularity of IRONMAN Vineman, the reality of the situation necessitates that Barb’s Race and the AquaBike (which have been held in conjunction with the Full Vineman) will be discontinued. We know that these events are loved and are sad to see them go away. We are proud of their legacy. Barb’s Race has raised nearly a million dollars for local cancer related organizations since its inception in 2001. The Vineman AquaBike has provided our ever-aging population of multi-sport athletes with a venue to compete in high quality long course events without having to run. Both events will be missed!

Vineman, Inc. will continue to independently operate the Olympic and Sprint distance events which have been known as the Vineman Monte Rio Triathlon. This event has been re-branded as the Monte Rio Triathlon and will be held on May 22, 2016. Registration for the 2016 Monte Rio Man Triathlon will open at 9:00 AM on November 1, 2015.

We would like to thank all of you for your amazing and continued support of the Vineman events over the years. We look forward to producing great events for you for many years to come.

Sincerely,
Russ & the Vineman Staff

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2 thoughts on “WTC によるFull Vineman 買収を考える

  1. フルバインマンがアイアンマンになってしまうのですか。いつか参加しようと思っていたけどこれでエントリーフィーが高額になってしまうのは残念なことです。

  2. あつめしさん、レース参戦もひとつの楽しみ方ですが、ランニング、スイム、バイクを思う存分楽しめる様な自由な旅をプロデュースさせて頂きます。もちろん、映像も撮影させて頂きます。詳しくはサイクルモードにて、、、

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