I wish I could run without signing up for races, but truth be told races help motivate me and keep me on track. This past weekend I started to look at different local 5Ks to add to my schedule and was nearly shocked when I saw some of the prices. I haven’t really been running 5Ks in the past year, but when I was two years ago I remember the prices topping at maybe $30 for a timed 5K. What’d I see?
$70 for a un-timed, fun run.
I slightly understand some of the larger races- like runDisney – being able to charge that amount (or close to it) for a 5K since you run through the parks and there’s a TON of entertainment – but a fun run in MN? That’s just absurd. For $10 more you could run their 10K, or for $20 the 1/2 marathon. What surprised me though is that regardless of the distance you run, you get the same jacket and finishers necklace (this race is very similar to the Nike races with necklaces, men in tuxedos and champagne at the end).
Maybe $70 is worth it to some people for getting the jacket and necklace – but I know I definitely won’t be participating in it. That is just way too expensive for me.
QOTD: What’s the most you’d be willing to pay for a fun run?
Congratulations to Elizabeth G. for winning the race entry to Hot Chocolate 5K or 15K! I’ll be in touch shortly!