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Old 28th July 2021, 02:03 AM   #1
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Fyre Festival for Ultrarunners ?

This is a very peculiar story about a super-luxury ultrarunning event.

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Highland Kings Ultra, a four-day camping race covering 120 miles on the west coast of Scotland, costs 15,499 per person to enter.

In contrast, the 95-mile West Highland Way Race costs just 120.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-57975285

In my experience, ultra-runners like to rough it and don't tend to be multi-millionaires so this would likely be a *very* niche market.

Will this turn out to be like the Fyre Festival ?
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Old 28th July 2021, 06:00 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by The Don View Post
This is a very peculiar story about a super-luxury ultrarunning event.



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-57975285

In my experience, ultra-runners like to rough it and don't tend to be multi-millionaires so this would likely be a *very* niche market.

Will this turn out to be like the Fyre Festival ?
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Old 28th July 2021, 06:08 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by The Don View Post
This is a very peculiar story about a super-luxury ultrarunning event.



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-57975285

In my experience, ultra-runners like to rough it and don't tend to be multi-millionaires so this would likely be a *very* niche market.

Will this turn out to be like the Fyre Festival ?
The hallmark of the Fyre Festival was that it didn't exist, not that it was gratuitously luxurious.

Have you seen any evidence that this event doesn't actually exist?
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Old 28th July 2021, 07:47 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
The hallmark of the Fyre Festival was that it didn't exist, not that it was gratuitously luxurious.

Have you seen any evidence that this event doesn't actually exist?
It did exist, but it was extremely poorly planned and executed, and did not match the description in the advertising, which was that it was a luxury event.
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It did exist, but it was extremely poorly planned and executed, and did not match the description in the advertising, which was that it was a luxury event.
You're welcome to use whatever term you want. I'm sticking with "did not exist". I think it captures the distinction between garden-variety poor planning, and the epic-level, across-the-board, didn't-even-think-or-try clownshow.

If someone says "Fyre Festival?" I want to see mind-boggling levels of incompetence and carelessness. Not, "we tried, but we're just not very good at this." Not, "we had high hopes, but bit off more than we could chew. Not even, "yeah, we ran your standard bait and switch to fleece the marks." I want the full monty. I want the "this was never actually going to happen, but we weren't going to let that stop us from screwing it up anyway!"
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