CHELAN — As successful as the fourth-annual ChelanMan Multisport Weekend was, race organizers feel that making the event bigger would take away from the smooth operation and flow that made Saturday and Sunday’s events such a smash.
About 2,200 triathletes and runners signed up for the weekend’s 12 races — 500 more than in 2009 — and registration for the triathlons had to be closed two weeks prior to the event.
In the days leading up to ChelanMan, race officials said they would look into allowing more people to register for the 2011 event, but they’ve since decided against it.
“We at Chelan Multisport focus on quality and not quantity,” said Bret Pittsinger, bike course director and husband of race director Julie Pittsinger. “Safety is a big concern for us and adding more people would take away from that.”
Pittsinger said that despite the throngs of athletes, the flow of the races and of car traffic through the tourist town were smoother than they’d ever been.
“The first year of doing this we had 900 people, and this year was smoother than that with more than twice the amount of people,” he said. “The wave starts were done in five-minute intervals this year instead of two-minute intervals, and I think that helped a lot.”
Pittsinger also credited the race’s 200 volunteers for aiding in the event’s efficiency.