How did everyone's race go today? Hope you all ran strong!
I set a PR at 2:12:37 which was as exciting as getting the Tiffany necklace at the finish line today. Looking forward to racing in the future and I'm already wondering if I'm going to try to run the SF half in the future.
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Officially, volunteers just get a shirt but maybe it will be more rewarding. A friend of mine is a pace group coach for the race and she can't believe all the stuff they're throwing at her. Complete running outfit including running shoes, running watch (Nike+) and of course, complimentary registration. $500 worth at least.
I entered the "2nd chance" drawing. It appears that if you get in this way, you pay no registration and no fund raising is required. (Kinda unfair to everyone else so I'm guessing they're not seeing enough registrations and are getting desperate.)
Ohh, this is so tempting. And I'm a college student, so I'd pay the cheaper fee. I live about 3 hours south of DC. I'll have to check with my friend and see if she'd be up for it and driving up there. We're also doing the Shamrock Half Marathon in March so we'll see. But that's awesome. I'd love to participate in this.
How did you find that non-FB link? I searched quite a bit before I gave up. At one point, I thought I had finally found one with nikemarathon.com but that just redirects back to FB.
Yes, you're right the DC Metro can open earlier. I'm sure it comes down to a decision of money vs safety by the Metro Board and maybe some pushing by local politicians if they feel there is something to be gained. If Nike really gets the 15,000 people they are hoping for, that's probably big enough to get the attention of DC Metro.
As far as necklace vs medal, I agree with you, I'd take the necklace, too. But given a third choice, I'd skip them both and lower the price of the race and use the money saved for what I like, be it my own choice of jewelry or, since I have enough jewelry, a dinner out with friends.
But there are so many other issues that are unforgivable for such an expensive race. No refund? No transfer? Must pickup packet yourself? Etc. What's so great about this one when there are dozens of HMs in the DC area, some of which have a long history of excellence?
Here is a non facebook link: http://www.nike.com/nwmhalfdc/
If you search the San Fran races, you can see the Tiffany's necklaces that have been used since '02 when the race started. I'd just as soon have a necklace than a medal, but maybe that's the girly side of me coming out. :-)
Yes, I agree with much of what you said, $160 is spectacularly high. And I wish they said how much of that will go to Luke/Lymph Society. I am also a little turned off by the registration process... I kinda like first come first served. Metro service we will just wait and see. They opened early for R&R, I don't see why they wouldn't open early again, but I agree, you can't count on it, and having no designated parking could put people in a pickle.
Since the registration is a lottery, I've got time to decide what I want to do. Carol
I had trouble finding the official page as well but I finally did. But I imagine others will still be unable - because the official page is only on facebook! (Some people refuse to use FB.) To save you further trouble:
I expected it would make me sign up for some FB app (I avoid using FB apps for security reasons) but to my surprise, they're not using a FB app so I don't know why they're using FB. All the pain with no gain?
I went through the lengthy application to find (I bet you could guess this was coming) a processing fee thrown in on the very last page. Total $166.60. The site also mentions a "limited number of $120 student fees" but it's hard to imagine students taking advantage of this offer given the DC area has 35 HMs less than that price. No other discounts offered (although the registration form does ask if you're a member of the military, your salary, and a lot of other questions).
Perhaps the high cost is justified by the assertion that it's "A Race to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society" however there is no explanation of how much of your race fee goes to the Society. (Benefits should give you a receipt showing the portion of your fee that is tax-deductible but their FAQ says nothing on this subject so I doubt they'll issue such receipts so there's no way of knowing if the race is truly a benefit or if it's just the runners who participate through Nike's Team-in-Training connection.)
Interestingly, registering early does *not* ensure you get in to the race. The registration period ends on December 6 at which point, registrants will then go through a random drawing process. Although there are potential benefits to this, there are also drawbacks.
There is no expo but an "expotique". (That registration fee has to pay for something, right?) No picture or link or further explanation on what the "finisher's necklace designed by Tiffany & Co." really is.
There is no "designated" race day parking! (Parking garages and lots in that area of DC close on weekends.) Instead, the FAQ says to use the DC Metro. But the race starts at 7am and Metro doesn't even open until 7am on weekends.
No refunds for any reason. No transfers.
Each runner must pick up her own packet. No race day packet pickup.
"We are integrating participation with the Nike+ Running technology that will provide all participants with unique training and race weekend experiences." Translation: If you have a Garmin, you're a 2nd-class citizen.
Anyone who still wants to read more should go to the facebook page. A fair number of people were not thrilled by other aspects of Nike's previous races in this series - ranging from disappointment at the expotique, disappointing food at the finish, too few portapotties and surprise last-minute fees.
How do you find out info on this race? I went to the TNT site which seemed like the only place everything I googled about it sent me to and you have to sign up for the event for info and I'm not ready to agree to agree to raise $1700 just to run a race. What if I can't do that? I'm not so good at asking for money. It's a great cause, but I just can't ask people for money. So if that is required for the race I can't do it.
NWM is doing a 1/2 in DC on 4/28/13! This is their first venture out of San Francisco. It's a hefty registration fee, for sure, but instead of medals at the end, everyone gets a silver necklace from Tiffany's made especially for the race.
I'm already doing R&R USA on 3/16, and I think I'm going to try to register for this one too.
Anyone done the NWM in SF and want to comment on if these races are pretty well organized?
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