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New York City Triathlon To Use Lottery System for 2011 Race

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After filling its 5,600 entries in just minutes, the New York City Triathlon will be moving to a lottery-based entry system for 2011.

The New York Times reports that 19,700 athletes attempted to register via Active.com last year, filling the event in six minutes on a first come, first served basis.  To prevent a similar online mad rush, organizers will use a lottery system that will remain a set period and may assign entry based on certain criteria such as number of times the athlete has raced it before, proximity and others.

John Korff said registration for the July 18 event will open on November 1 and remain open for a couple of days, with entrants being notified by Nov. 4th if they’ve made the cut.

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