I can’t believe that the city is seriously considering a bid to host the Ironman.
Has anybody ever asked Penticton why, after 30 years, they are severing their relationship?
Why is the Penticton mayor suggesting Vernon do their own due diligence?
If this is such wonderful thing to have, why not let the Ironman organizers come to us, our city, and ask us how much we would require as a fee to permit them to come here to hold this event?
Have we calculated the costs (all of them) versus the benefits to be derived?
First, there is the fee ($75,000 and going up), then there is the policing, clean up, inconvenience with road closures, etc.
The organizers are collecting an entrance fee of approximately $700-$800 per person for an estimated 2,500 participants or more.
Let’s do the math and we come up with $2,000,000.
This doesn’t include the spin-offs for all the Ironman logo T-shirts and other dust collectors being sold, all of which goes into their coffers.
Let’s charge them a fee for allowing them to come here.
Whenever there is a time limited deadline to buy a product (in this case the Ironman), one should become suspicious.
It does not allow for due diligence and cool heads to make an informed decision.