I realize now that I should have made one clarification on my Monday post regarding a lack of distance races this year in the Fort Wayne area. My cap for a 5K or 10K is $15 to $18.
Maybe some folks prefer to pay $27 and get a crummy meal included. I’d rather pay less and eat at home. Personally after running a 5K I don’t really want to gorge myself anyway. I have come to learn that I’m not even really hungry after such a short run. Hence, I didn’t even partake in any post-race fare at the Toledo Glass City 5K. In most cases, since my first race way back in 2008, I’ve been paying about $15 for a 5K (or in some cases only $12). And these minimal fees always still include a T-shirt. For nearly every race I register early.
Of course when it comes to larger races, especially the half-marathon, I understand completely the fee should be and is higher. But even for these larger races, by registering early you get the most best bang for your buck. As I recall last year I registered for the Fort-4-Fitness Half-Marathon early and paid $40. When I registered early for the Toledo Glass City Half-Marathon (Which obviously I later downgraded to 5K) I paid only $35.
I like racing but I also like keeping our budget in line. Last year the husband and I averaged 2 races per month each for about 10 months. If the races were each $25 that would be $1,000 per year on races. That doesn’t even factor in running shoes, clothing, hydration, gels, etc. (Let alone those pesky credit card fees for some races.)
Instead we kept a race budget last year and this is what we spent… Already it appears we have broken the “rules”… I guess I prefer to keep my hobby/sport more frugal. The last thing I need is for my hobby to become a financial stressor. Do you have a cap for how much you will pay for a race? Does it vary depending on the distance of the race? Have you ever felt “ripped off” by a race you signed up for?