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AMERICADE REGISTRATION AND THE WAIT IN REGISTRATION LINES
The reason for Americade
registration IN PERSON is for insurance purposes. Each
individual participant (attendee) at Americade is required to sign a release
waiver. Signing the waiver must be witnessed by an Americade Staff
Member in order to meet the insurance obligations for the rally.
This cannot be done in any manner other than in-person, hence the week’s
registration lines and the waiting in line at the Holiday Inn. Each person
must sign for himself or herself. Hubby cannot sign for the missus back at
the motel, or his girlfriend out in the parking lot. You've got to sign
your OWN waiver – no one can sign for anyone else!
In-person registration also gives you a one-on-one opportunity to go over your package contents with the registration staff; to make sure the events you booked (and had confirmed) are included in your package, the tickets for your events are all printed out in the correct number, the pins that come with your tours are all accounted for, and you are assured that your package is exactly what it is supposed to be. If anything is missing from your package, it is corrected on-the-spot!
Only when everything is in order does the staff put on your wristband.
Americade Registration runs about 20 registration "desks" on Monday and Tuesday to keep the lines moving fast. So when you enter the Registration Room, you just look for the letter that matches your last name (the last name of the RIDER.) This year they'll also open an hour earlier than last year, to TRY to beat the rush.
Think of registration as the “quality assurance” for the event. It’s a small price to pay for ensuring your complete satisfaction.
Rather than complaining about the wait, view the wait as an opportunity… to run into old friends you’ve met here before, to meet new friends that you’ll look forward to seeing again and again, to be a part of a family that shares your interests, to enjoy the “rolling bike show” that passes you by while you wait, to discuss the past Americades you’ve attended with your neighbors in line, and to talk about the things you’ll be doing during the upcoming week.
Registration is but another part of the experience...
Instead of cursing it, embrace it... turn your lemon into lemonade!
Things attendees can do to help make things move faster
-- Christi Dutcher