I received an unsolicited email today from an online registration company. The email started off with:
I wanted to follow up with you because I can get you setup with a far better event registration format than you are currently using and can help you attract more participants to your event.
Apparently they know about the Where’s Waldo registration process and don’t approve. Not sure why a race that fills would need to attract more participants but it got more interesting with the following statement:
Nobody likes to print, fill out, stamp and mail forms anymore. Lower your barrier of entry with a great online solution!
Is this true? And is lowering the barrier of entry a good thing? Does online registration make it too easy to sign up for ultras? Is it part of the reason so many of our races are filling up and resorting to lotteries? Do you not care about paying the credit card or convenience fees? Are we supporting the credit card companies (banks?) with these online solutions? Does that matter to you?