I love this:
My cousin Leigh once remarked off the cuff that she tries to keep her race registration fees at less than $8 per mile. So, a 5K should cost no more than $24 dollars, a half marathon $108. It’s actually pretty generous. I might pay $24 for a 5K, but maybe $6 or $7 per mile is more my speed for longer races.
It’s actually kind of genius, right? Think about it. What’s your threshold?
This time of year, when I’m going stir crazy and just want to get out and run, it’s incredibly tempting to let myself go crazy on the internet, credit card in hand. 10-Miler in Newport? Yup! Half Marathon in Boston? Sure! Maybe I should run the Maine Half as a lead up to New York full. Everything sounds beautiful, warm, and fun. Throw in some triathlons; it adds up quick.
A few years back, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t run in any races planned by one local organizer anymore. They are usually fun, yes, but super crowded (I once got stuck in a bottleneck inn the last quarter mile and WALKED through the finish!) and too expensive. The shirts usually stunk. It just wasn’t worth the money. On the other hand, I’ve never been so thrilled to see $255 drained from my account than when I got the notice I was into New York.
When you set up your race calendar, do you consider the cost per mile? How do you choose races?