This is kind of more re: the volunteer article, but since I'm only a freebie ...

On pt. #3: A few of the local race companies (Racing Underground, Without Limits) in Colorado do the "volunteer for a free race entry" thing, and it's great. I'm pretty sure TriUtah does something similar but not 100%. I have no idea how WTC/Competitor could manage something similar (merch voucher? given those prices, that might actually be worth it ...), but it might end up being a possible answer.

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Hah, guess I left comments as paid subscribers only

Yeah, some smaller races do it, and I think it's probably feasible at a larger scale. You'd have to doublecheck the employment law/legality/etc so you're not running afoul of paying someone too little for the work, but probably do-able.

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