Escape from Alcatraz cost

So I just found out today that I was accepted to register for escape from Alcatraz 2019. I know the registration cost is pretty steep and then I factor in flight, bike shipping, hotel for a couple nights and I’m well over $2000. Is this race really worth the cost?

Did it this year , bucket list , really enjoyed it
Stayed at Coventry Inn , close to the race, fair price , clean, nothing fancy, close to the Safeway