GEORGIE, All the stuff you listed is typical for a commercial HM. All things you listed as "free" are either paid for by your registration fee or by sponsors contributing it for a reason. For example, the "free expo" is an opportunity for sponsors to expose you to their stuff (i.e., advertising) - such as shoes, clothing, other races, etc. Even the race name (and medal) has a sponsor name in it.
After you do enough of these types of races, you'll get a better understanding of what's important to you - most have little to do with the cost.
Many new HMers think "bang for my buck" (to use your words) can only be found in expensive races but I've found the opposite to be true - and for good reason: expensive commercial races have to pay lots of salaries, marketing fees, police costs, etc.
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I found this post interesting because i will be doing my first ever race/run in October and doing a half marathon. I have paid to participate and being in Toronto with all the cost involved to close down streets, hire security and other various cost involved with running the marathon it cost me $80 to register this is what is included with the cost: Souvenir Brooks technical shirt Personalized race bib (your first name will be printed on your bib if you register by Sept 29, 2014) Finisher's medal Free weekly training newsletter — Pacebook with tips on training, nutrition and running apparel! Free Running Room training program posted 2 weeks at a time (see Training page for more details) 4 FREE tune-up runs at different Running Room stores throughout the summer to help you train (see Training page for more details)! FREE 2 day Running, Health & Fitness expo IAAF & Athletics Canada certified, measured course IAAF Silver label race Marathon-photos on course & at finish line (MyPace, Video & Pictures) Water, Gatorade & PowerBar gels on course Post-race food, water, Gatorade & entertainment The medals are beautiful and i added an extra $10 to get my personalized time inserted into the back of my medal. So my question to you is how much are you charged for the races/runs you are going in? I personally think this race is a great bang for my buck :)
I'm signed up for Parks HM in 2 weeks. In the past, their finisher premium has always been a useful article of clothing such as a winter running hat. This year, they've announced that the finisher premium is a glass.
Does anyone like getting a glass? I've received glasses at two races so far. In one case, I put the glass in the back of of my cupboard and forgot about it (til now). In another race, a friend gave me her glass - she said she would never use it - so I at least ended up with a pair.
At least with the pair of glasses, they are wineglasses (from a race at a winery). With this upcoming HM, it is a beer glass. Really have no need so I'll be giving mine away unless someone can explain to me why mismatched beer glasses are awesome.
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Love that, Heidi. I read about that race and think I would like to do it someday. Ohhh... so many races, so little time.
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At the Hatfield & McCoy Half/Full I ran in June, you got a small medal but you also got a mason jar with the race logo on it and they wrote the place you finished in the race (so first would have the number 1 on it and so forth). So now I have my race mason jar to hold things. I just thought it was a unique touch.
For my first HM, the finisher's medal was a handmade necklace. Native Upper Peninsula (MI)--Lake Superior stone and a small charm with date and MM (Marquette Marathon) engraved on it, all threaded on a piece of rawhide. Very cool. I also won a rock this spring for placing in my AG in a HM. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo ur nal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036632
I will admit each one of these unique awards are much more prominently displayed than the drawer of medals.
~Sue~ ~Half Fanatic #1530 "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."--Confucius
Similar, but not exactly the same, I got an age-group award for a race I ran in April. It was a small potted cactus in a hand-painted pot - it was painted with the race name, some applicable scenery, and my age-group and place. At first I was disappointed that it was basically a potted plant instead of a trophy or a medal. However, it's been sitting in the kitchen window and while I don't have to water it very often (since it's a cactus), I get to look at it and think about it every time I water it. It doesn't just sit on a wall or a shelf and get ignored while it collects dust. I'm sure I'll be sad when/if it dies, but what I first poo-poo'd, turned out to be a really cool/creative idea that I see and interact with on a regular basis.
Edited by: SPARKYGONE at: 9/28/2012 (19:07)
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." ~ Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
Last Sunday's HM featured ceramic "medals". Certainly unusual but sedate enough that it could actually be worn with business clothing and I suspect people would just think it's a stylish pendant. Helps that it's not on a gaudy ribbon (which only looks sensible when you're on the medals stand at the Olympics) and instead is hung on twine! Twine!!! I love it.
Anyway, if you want to see pix, check my blog post on the race. (How come we can't embed images in these team discussion pages? Sigh.)
I'm not sure they'll ever offer these pottery medals again. I suspect it was a one-time thing because the RD had directed the race for 5 years and was retiring. But the race itself will continue and I certainly will continue doing it, bling or no bling.
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