Read some more of your blog posts. I love the theme of discount races. Between my partner and I, we can spend $1000's on running each year and I resent spending so much money on club races. I'm happy to volunteer and help out to makes races cheap or free. Even happy to bring food. Most of the races I run don't even have aid station (too deep in the forest I'm guessing) so spending huge sums of money makes me cross. Having said that I'm about to spend $300 on my mountain run registration (2pax) plus travel costs. But you don't get to let 300 people run through Middle Earth without incurring some costs. The chopper on standby is appreciated!
Thanks for the comment on my blog.. I loved your post about volunteering at the NCBF. I've never volunteered at a race before.. but I ALWAYS tell the volunteers "thank you!" as I grab my cup (And I always deposit my cup in the trash.. or at least try to!) but as much as I've expressed my appreciation to race volunteers, I've never really given thought to how MUCH work you all actually do and all the logistics involved. So thank you for posting! And thank you for volunteering!
Nike Women's IS expensive.. I ran last year too and it was MORE expensive this year. But the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a charity close to my heart.. I'm a two time alumni with Team in Training and have raised almost 8k for the LLS. (In honor of my grandmother, who passed this past January from CML.) I don't so much mind paying more money for a race that benefits a great charity. (Plus the Tiffany's necklace is a nice prize.)