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5k Midnight Run saddness :( :(

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Okay, so I just went to the website to register my husband and I online for our first official 5k....to my shock, it was $30.00 per person. I know it is for charity, but I really thought that it was like $10.00-$15.00 to run in a race. Not flipping $30! I called my husband and asked him about it and we discussed the money and if we could swing it. We didn't know it was so expensive :( We can't do it right now, we live very paycheck-to-paycheck at the moment and are on a strict budget following our Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover Plan. If my idiot self had looked at the fees like a month ago, I would have been able to budget it in....but with one of us having an unexpectedly broke down vehicle...we have to conserve what we can to get that fixed. There will always be other races though, I know. We can always do our own "unofficial 5ks" of course, lol. Maybe the turkey trot in November? This is sad news, but at least I have awesome new running shoes to train with still :) :) I am still going to be a runner!!!!
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SUZFAITH 7/12/2012 12:34AM

  I plan on running a half marathon in 2013 at Disney! My sister told me she is doing the Princess one in feb... I think I'm going to do the one in October at Epcot. Good luck figuring it all out and training for them! I'm pretty excited to work on getting ready for one.

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MIRAGE727 6/29/2012 8:28AM

    I totally understand! D & I will register early for races when the have "kick-offs" or when they are the cheapest. That's why I always look at the race calendars. I also look at our town's races as the Oktobeerfest and Hog Hustle are inexpensive when they first announce registration. Palm Harbor also has lesser expensive races. I'll post on our team when we first get word on runs. Keep training and, yep, I've done SP Virtuals!
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KGIRL160 6/27/2012 8:49AM

    You are choosing to stay on your budget - not missing out on something! Hope you find a reasonable race rate.

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GEOPUNGUIN 6/27/2012 8:47AM

    You can still enter and participate without paying...you just do not get the premies or bennies that the paid runners get...like official time, pics, etc...and a lot of the runs want to charge you for photos too...
I only pay for events that I am supporting the charity...otherwise go the less expensive route...
Good will!!!

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TYKXBOY 6/27/2012 1:25AM

    I love races. I hate paying for them. Right after I saw the woman I blogged about who is running 52 half marathons in 52 weeks, I thought about how incredibly expensive that has to be. I've seen prices for half marathons range between $55 and $125, sometimes even more! If she paid an average price of $75 per race, then she would spend $3,900 just in race fees!! And that's not including transportation, lodging, etc. Races are freakin' expensive! If they were cheaper, I would do a whole lot more of them. That is why I do maybe 4 or 5 a year. Ragnar nearly broke the bank, last year. :( I've done three (paid for four, *sigh*) and I'm not sure if I'll be running any more for the rest of the year. I feel your pain!

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JENN03275 6/26/2012 8:30PM

    Yes, like others have said, they can be pricey. I too have a $30 limit but I think I did pay a little more for my half in October. For that reason, the price, I try and make all my races for a charity or fundraiser. That way, I know that some of my money is going to a cause.

I am going to do the SP Virtual 5k in July. I love the price, FREE!!

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 6/26/2012 6:41PM

    They all can be pricey. I have a strict $30 and under limit, excluding tax. Only spend more on mud runs. I have noticed though, they the ones with the "fancy" titles do charge more. Maybe there are some other, plain jane runs in your area you can do?

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RUNNER12COM 6/26/2012 6:33PM

    I feel ya. Race fees are always the toughest part of the race in my opinion. :)

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CHAOTICMOM4 6/26/2012 4:42PM

    Bummer, that's to high to pay, especially when you're paying for two. Try looking for local running clubs in your area, they are everywhere and most offer a free weekly fun run that is usually timed. It's a great opportunity to get out and run and meet people in your area.

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DESERTJULZ 6/26/2012 3:40PM

    SparkPeople is having a "virtual 5k" that you could participate in. It's free. :D

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MFLYNN8 6/26/2012 3:13PM

    Races are really expensive here. My first was a Disney and I was not expecting $50 to sweat! emoticon
Like you said, you have new shoes so there is a silver lining.

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JULESRULES78 6/26/2012 2:30PM

    Races are usually more expensive the closer they get. I'm sorry you don't have the money right now. The good news is that you have more time to train so you can definitely do another one down the road when you feel financially stable. What is sad is that the longer the races are the more expensive they get. You'd think they could cut us a deal for being dedicated.

SPs virtual races are free there is a Summer 5K at the end of July if you want to sign up. There is a run/walk option too.

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