What’s Your Price Limit? | Tuesdays on the Run

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This week we want to know: what’s the price limit that makes you say, aw, hell no!

Tuesdays on the run is talking about the prices of races and what’s too much for you. Let us know what you think about running a 5K that costs more than your 401K is worth!

And here are the upcoming Tuesdays on the Run topics:

  • 1/31: Hat tip to Run with No Regrets & Janelle: Rate your month of running. Was it an A+ or a respectable B— or do you give it a big fat F?
  • 2/7: Winter scenes from my run
  • 2/14: Stuff I love about running
  • 2/21: If you had 3 running wishes, what would they be?
  • 2/28: Hat tip to Run with No Regrets & Janelle: Rate your month of running. Was it an A+ or a respectable B— or do you give it a big fat F?
  • 3/7: Spring Races

Don’t forget to link up with Erika, Marcia and me for this week’s Tuesdays on the Run.

 

What’s Your Price Limit?

I guess I’m a weirdo in this regard.

If it’s a destination race or something I really really reallllly want to run, then I don’t freak out about the cost of the race itself. It’s usually about the destination and the experience for me, not the actual race. That’s basically a secondary result, to be honest. Go to Disney? YES! And I guess I’ll run a little too. It’s certainly not the way most runners think, but it’s what keeps me running. The whole package is taken into account: how much does the full racecation cost?

It’s usually about the destination and the experience for me, not the actual race. That’s basically a secondary result, to be honest.

Go to Disney? YES! And I guess I’ll run a little too. (Lately, it’s been very little running, but I digress).

It’s certainly not the way most runners think, but it’s what keeps me running and covering the miles. I don’t mind doing it slowly as long as I’m interested in the location I’m exploring by foot so to speak.

The whole package is taken into account: how much does the full racecation cost?

I’m a runDisney fanatic so of course I have broken it down here. The real price of all those races can get ugly, but I get by with the help of my friends (and a healthy Southwest Visa travel points card).

runDisney is #1… on my race budget sheet!

Since I tend to spend a lot on those race weekends, I really am picky about the local races I run.

First of all, I just don’t love racing. I still get anxious and have a feeling of dread until the whole thing is over.

And when a race that’s just down the street without much wow to offer (i.e. no new sights to see or terrain to run other than city streets) I have a hard time parting with the $70+ many half marathons ask for.

This was a fun local race that I got in with early pricing the first year. The finish line party alone might have been worth the $50 though!

I’d rather run those same miles for free.

If it’s for a charity or good cause, then sure, I can part with some money for a local organization. No problem with that. But just to run the same miles for an official time? Meh. I’ll keep the money socked away for those destination races I’m dreaming of.

Currently that’s Broad Street in Philly (I’ve never been and have always wanted to go to this city!) and of course, Paris. runDisney Paris, natch!

Do you have a price limit or preference for races? 

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Comments

  1. I am also willing to pay more for a fun racecation! I would probably only travel somewhere for a full marathon, or maybe a half, marathon. Anything else I just look for races that are local, with decent prices and/or for a good cause.

  2. Destination and experience definitely outweighs the race itself. Who wouldn’t love a race at Disney when you can do the parks afterwards?

  3. If it’s a race I really want to run, there is no price limit. I don’t run a lot of races, so I’m willing to dish out $$ if it’s important to me.

  4. I will always shell out money for Disney races! Thank God for Southwest Visa points and having friends to share a room with. Could not afford it without that. As for other races, if I’m doing it with a group, absolutely, but not if I’m only with my husband. I’d rather sight see and hang with him since he doesn’t run.

    Good luck with the Broad Street lottery!! We went last year and despite the horrible freezing rain, it was a really fun racecation. We’re entering again in hopes of better weather! 😉

  5. I have based races on the charity they’re helping. One race didn’t have a charity, BUT they were taking used running shoes to recycle and donate, and since I had a pair to donate, I signed up for that. It was also a race to brag about your college, so that was fun.

  6. I don’t find your attitude weird at all because I’m pretty much the same way. Maybe because I’ve been there done that on most local races by now, but I’m a cherry picker and destination races are what appeal to me. I’ll shell out whatever it takes if the race (and vacation) are something I wanna do.

  7. I totally agree about runnnig local races. There are a few in Philly that at this point I’ve done so many times that I don’t want to spend the money to run down a path that I’ve run so many times for free. I like to find variety on my races and if it costs a little more to go somewhere new, I’m all for it!

    I’ve run Broad Street 3 times now and it’s an amazing experience, I hope you get to do this year!

  8. I’d be willing to pay more for a dream race… or race-cation. But for local races, there’s no way i’d part with $50 or more for a 5k.

  9. Even though I’m not a Disney gal, I still have the same mindset. Although the price of the race itself does factor in . . . .some.

    And somehow being offered one for free — as long as the race sounds good, that’s hard to turn down! But when I asked Mr. Judy what he thought about Utah, he seemed to cotton to the idea pretty quickly.

  10. I’ll confess – I’m way too cheap for Disney…

  11. I think I’m the complete opposite of you! I have no desire to run Disney, partly for the registration, but also because the whole racecation would be too spendy for my blood. I prefer local races. Though, I don’t really like to pay a lot for them. lol.

    I’ve been lucky enough to win a few race entries over the years – that have been amazing!

  12. Running gives you the best of both worlds…a mom/girls only vacation and ME time. So me to it is worth a little more because sometimes we just have to be selfish and think of ourselves.

  13. I find my price limit to be different for local races too. I’m less likely to spend much money to run the same streets I can run for free. 🙂

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