Update: (2-2-09) Registration officially set for February 16, 2009 at high noon (post).
With online registration meltdowns two years running for Boise's popular trail half marathon, Race to Robie Creek (previous posts), anxious athletes are beginning to wonder what's in store for the 2009 event. Pitched as the "toughest half marathon in the Northwest," Robie Creek frustrated thousands of would-be runners in both 2007 and 2008 when the servers at athleteslounge.com melted down under huge traffic volume. The tie-ups last year were particularly frustrating since race directors had been told by athleteslounge.com that the problems of the previous year wouldn't resurface. They did, of course, which finally prompted directors to vow that 2009 would feature revamped registration procedures.
The race website isn't yet revealing what the new process is going to be. It could be a lottery, the M.O. for a number of popular trail races these days. Most likely, it'll remain a first come, first served online registration, should an appropriate site be chosen to host the huge volume, like active.com. If things track this way, expect the race to fill in a matter minutes.
Registration is looking to be on or around Presidents Day (February 16, 2009) for the April 18 event. More to come as details develop.
(Photo by A.K. Photography used under Creative Commons)