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Enough Already, A Race Finally Get’s Too Expensive…

August 2012
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I usually wait until the last-minute to register for a race (well, the last week anyway)…  Such was the case with the Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery, the Tour des Lacs, the Assenmacher 100 and was to be with the CRIM 10 Mile running race in which I was going to try for a personal best.  There are a couple of reasons behind the wait.  First, I want to make sure I’m going to run (or ride) and I want the charity to get more money – to an extent.

For the Ride for Recovery, a supported 100k, the cost was $35 (plus I gave them a corporate donation).  The Tour des Lacs, a fully SAG supported 100 mile ride, I paid $35 the week before and I got a TdL backpack.  The Assenmacher 100?  $20 week before.  When I started running the CRIM 10 mile running race ten years ago the cost was between $20 and $25 with a t-shirt depending on when you signed up, and that was the most expensive race of the year.  I have loved running the CRIM most years of the last decade.  The people lining the street (for darn near the whole  length of the course) and the atmosphere are just awesome.

 This picture appears on the home page for the CRIM.  It’s all about the people indeed…  This year, the cost is an amazing $55 PLUS, and this is my favorite, they charge an extra $4.99 for the convenience of signing up online bringing the total to one penny shy of $60.00!

That’s just ridiculous and I’ve finally had enough.  I’m not going to pay someone $60 to know I can run ten miles – it’s just too much.  I realize, of course, that this pales in comparison to a Triathlon entry fee at about half, but I really don’t care – for a full triathlon, the logistics are huge – the support is spread out over 14 times the distance!  Enough is enough already.  I won’t be running that race again until the price comes down (or I miss it enough to part with $60 – I’d rather take my family out to eat a couple of times).

This is really heartbreaking – I love that race.

If you’re wondering why the corporate donation to Dawn Farm for the 100k – the name of my blog is “Fit Recovery”…  My recovery from addiction started at Dawn Farm 1992…  The point being, of course, while the CRIM is about the money, it’s not really about the money.

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2 Comments

  1. CultFit says:

    I have been seeing this a lot around here of late. Talking to a event promoter and local bike shop owner recently he brought up insurance costs to cover the event and fussed about how some of these newer “Mud Runs”, “Spartan Races” etc may be having an impact. I tend to agree with him as well as the costs of social media promotion and website admin. It’s frustrating to say the least and you provide a classic example.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Right, and I could see why the tough mudders would get a little silly… You know what? I can’t. Explicative free commentary makes it impossible to correctly address that. Stay tuned…

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