LATE ENTRY OBLIVION'SOnce upon a time people toed the line of a race to simply compete. And once upon a time we waited for days to get a message in the mail. Those days are long gone. Expectations have risen to epic proportions at races. T-shirts, professional timing, finisher medals, lots of food choices and so on are now part and parcel of an event. Unbeknownst to some it takes planning and time to make sure this is enough of everything. Shirts often have to be ordered weeks in advance, with finisher medals for distance races often needing to be ordered up to 10 weeks in advance for custom work. In 99% of races I am aware of there is a t-shirt entry deadline listed on the entry form. Yet, I am always amazed at the number of people that are incensed that they do not get a shirt when they sign up after the date. My absolute favorite is when people sign up at a race and get mad there is not a shirt. As if a race organizer is supposed to have a crystal ball that tells exactly how many people will sign up, and with what size request after shirts have been ordered. Remember, left over shirts are almost useless as the shirts cannot be used the following year. Not to mention that is money spent that cannot be recouped and since most races are raising money for a good cause it is silly to waste that kind of money. Last minute entries are to be expected, just know if and when you do that you cannot expect the same as someone who registered by the time suggested.