People probably just know that it was awesome and know they're going to sign up again and are just a little more relaxed about registering or are not aware of the price hike date. That's my deal until I just read your post. Glad I saw it; I just registered
SART + Classic Champs + NAOC, 3 weekends in a row might be a heavy lift for some... :-\
Some, but not most.
80% of last year's attendance was from WA or BC, and most of those people aren't going to Classic Champs or NAOC. (And, since there's very little travel to SART for these people, the lift isn't all that heavy).
I might lower the limit down to 64. Heats of 4 instead of 5. Winners advance plus next 2 in adjacents. But I can't even see getting 64 at this rate.
I have this with Sprint Camp now... open registration - we get a flurry of entries. Then we get a second wave around mid-January, right up until the day before the event... once you're established as an event, people will wait until the last minute to sign up.
Including myself... I may have to be in Toronto on Monday AM, so I'm trying to figure out my plans.
I know there are several people in GVOC who are planning on attending, but who have not signed up yet.