Aside from the SGM being an interference to the meeting's potential numbers, what other things can the VRTA do to entice more athletes to not only turn up to the carnival, but to not scratch from events and fill as many heats as we can?
I had some ideas to have a 70m Novice/Women's combined or a 200m Novice/Women's as the first up event of the season. Likely to field more numbers. Offer a prize each for the first Novice & first Women's competitor over the line as well as a standard 1st prize and sash??? Please let your VRTA committee know what you want, after all this is the race for the athletes put on by your VRTA.
Further more, as it is a suburban meet (and close to the airport) what can be done to attract interstate athletes? Do you want to travel this time of year? Do we have the right events on the card for you?
Just personally (not the consensus of the VRTA) I feel the Sportsbiz 400m should be supplemented with another novice event, namely the 70m to try to get more 1st timers out to the event and give them more opportunities to race, rather than turn up for a 70m heat and being run out, then being run out of the 200m heat and day over. I love the 200m, 550m and the 3200m, works well and was pretty well supported. Then combining the women's and novice, provides more opportunities for athletes to have a run We want the athletes to get best value for money and support for your race.
So unless we receive feedback from the members and greater running community, we can only guess what you want, so help us out and give us some feedback please.
Once we have some ideas, we can look at implementing them next year.
Cheers all and looking forward to seeing you all again soon.