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Money is definitely a consideration when it comes to racing, although prices tend to be high around here (Orange County, CA). I look for 5Ks in the $20-$25 range, 10Ks up to $30, and the most I've paid for a marathon is $80. (I haven't done a half yet.) I'll pay more if it's for a really good cause or if there's something special about the race.

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$170 for a 103 miler.

I have never run a marathon John.

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I agree Fastermommy, some of the cheap, no-frills, bare bones races are just the best.

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Depends on distance.

I will say I tend to avoid the big races for many reasons, but cost is one of them. My 2011 marathons have ranged from $0 to $55 for most of them, though I did spring for $130 for Boston.

To me, reasonable is $15-$20 for a 5K, $20-$25 for a 10K, $35 for a half, and $45-$60 for a marathon.

I do LOVE the series of free, no frills, no tshirt events around here.

Race registration tends to be so high and the price is really not prohibitive.. Considering the extra resources for more entrants and the demand, I think they probably are priced right. Cheaper than many other terms of entertainment!

Low frills cheap races still have a special place in my heart though.

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My full marathon was $60 for early ($50 for blitz, and 70 for regular). You could upgrade your shirt to technical for an additional $10.

Since money is always an issue for me, my DH and I joke that it took me so long to run my race(until the race closed) so I could get the most running time in for my registration dollar :). Came out to less than a buck an hour ;).

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WoW that was worth it, and a different race experience all together, and not something you will have an opportunity to do that often

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It was worth every cent to have a shiny clean bathroom, a warm place to hang out before the race, an actual meal, a hot shower, a massage and all the booze I could drink post race.

Oh, and write ups in RW (both print and online), schmoozing with the editors, and a free Garmin.

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Zorb was it really that much different or worth it? you could have run that race for $90?

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Goodlife full..RW challenge.

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$250 ?? wow thats high which one was it ING New York?

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I paid $250 USD for my last marathon and it was worth every penny.

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which race was that?? 170 ? Im guesing the pain was Full marathon

also most races charge higher fee if you sign up late

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$170 is the most i paid. What did i get for it? A whole lot of pain.

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Wow, races are much less expensive in my neck of the woods! I participated in a number of $7 5ks, up to $20. $15 is probably the average. I have never paid more than $20 for a 5k or 10k - I don't know that I could, since I participated in almost 20 this past year.

That being said, I would pay more for a longer distance event, because at this point it would be very special for me to attempt a half or full marathon!

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Most of the races that I run are also in the $20-$30 range (and $30 being for late or race-day registration). This makes my club's half marathon a bargain at $25/$30!!
There was a 5k that I used to run but stopped because the fee is way over the top $30 pre and $40 race day. The money goes to my town's Boys' and Girls' Club, but it's not a club that's in desperate condition. I might consider that fee for a different charity.

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Most of the local 5ks and 10ks that I've done have been around $20-$30, but yes, as the distance goes up, so does the price. I try to register early so that I get the cheapest price possible. I just registered yesterday for my 2nd full marathon, and it was $60. Now, it is the inaugural year for this race, so I think that's why the price is on the cheaper end of marathon prices.

I look at it like this. This is my hobby. I don't have kids, I don't buy lavish clothes or electronics, and I don't blow my money on cigarettes or alcohol. I'm very frugal when it comes to most things. Races and travel are my two favorite things to do, so they are the few "activities" that I spend my money on. Because I save money in other places, I'm much more willing to splurge on some of the fees if it's a race that I really want to do. If I can travel and do a race at the same time, it's even better!

I see it as an investment in my health :) I'm much more likely to get out there and run when I know that I have a race coming up, so it helps keep me healthier.

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As the race director for Inspiring Hope (a 5K/10K charity event) I have a pretty good understanding of what is involved cost-wise to produce a race. There are some variables but assuming that I can get good discounts and/or donations of some of the products and services required it costs me anywhere from $22-$15 per runner to simply put them on the course. And that doesn't include a race shirt. My entry fee for either the 5K or 10K is $30 in advance (with $5 discounts offered to returning runners and thru various flyers, etc), $35 on the day of the event. A technical race shirt is $10 additional and there is an optional pancake breakfast available for $10 as well.

I can't speak for all race directors but I can say that in my case I'm ultra-aware of costs and very focused on keeping my event affordable while returning as much money as possible to our choosen charity. I can also say that until I became a race director I was pretty clueless on exactly how much all the different pieces of a successful event actually cost. Very eye-opening!

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One thing to remember is that for most races, roads are closed and there are police stationed to direct traffic. The long the race, the more these costs will go up.

The most I have paid was $90 for a half marathon. I can't remember how much the Seattle RnR cost me... maybe $110, I think. The RnR series tend to be very expensive. Smaller, more local races will cost less.

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If I count total costs on the half I ran with my wife (Inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half), I SHUDDER to think about it. We also made a vacation of it and had a very good time. I think the race entry was $135 for each of us but it cost us a lot more.

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Lately my limit is $0.
And not just because I am unemployed... ;)
I am finding out more and more that the events around here are paying off for the promoters more than the causes they are run for. I am not running to make someone else rich...
Besides, I can run anywhere, anytime, for free!
Occassionally, I think about some destination race, but ultimately, I can't handle the big crowds, and I don't really need a bunch of stuff, so I definitely don't need to pay a lot for any of that. And in general, I think anything over $50 is obscene.
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I register as early as possible and spread out the races...I wish I could afford to run more often, but with high school and college age kids, the budget doesn't allow it. Someday I'll run the Disney one---but it'll be at least 5 years before I can afford that much for one event.

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The registration fees quoted seem to pretty much match what I have experienced in my year or so of running. I did run one that was absolutely free. It was sponsored by the cardiac health unit of the local hospital and even though it was free, it still had some nice goodies including some really cool door prizes. One other tip I've learned the hard way -- sign up early. Not only do the fees go up closer to the race date, you might miss out altogether. I recently had to pay $120 for a charity slot for a half marathon. Ordinarily would never pay that much, but it is my first half and I have been training for it for months. There was no way I was going to not run that race, whatever the cost!

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I paid $120 smackaroo's for my Disney Princess HM this coming February. It is worth every red cent to me as it is a sentimental thing. One person's limit may be very different than the next person. The way I look at it is I have worked very very hard to get my running to the level it is now and this is my way of celebrating ME.

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I love that Gail...a whole morning of entertainment! And hey if you travel to a race, it's a whole weekend of entertainment, right??? emoticon

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I pay around $30 for most 5Ks, and from $75-$90 for HMs.

John - I golf, and I have to agree that running is cheaper. It's also a lot less frustrating.

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I have only run one 5k and I think I paid 20 dollars to run it.

I do find running races expensive, but it does end up being at least a whole morning of entertainment, so in the end well worth it.

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Suezette and Deej are letting me room with them...I guess I need to come run a race in your neck of the woods just so I can get a cool jacket! emoticon

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Nancy- that was by New Balance and everything was over the top and one of the less expensive races.

re: ING Miami Im now registered & flight booked, but still no hotel need to decide on something soon.

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Gee John,

I have never gotten a cool jacket or water bottle emoticon

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Wendy - I think Nancy already answered your question. What I get is different at every race. Depending who the sponsor is. Brooks, Nike, Mizuno all give good race shirts, and the goodie bag has few different treats, then after the race get food, drinks, during race some sport drinks and gels, and when youre done a nice fancy medal that Im sure cost $ to produce. The best was a race I did called Mid Summers Run it was a 15K with a 30K option raced at night, sponsored by New Balance they gave an awesome black Jacket with hood, when you crossed the finish line a stainless steel waterbottle full with purified water, I use that bottle a lot. and the medal was beautiful work of art. That whole race was only $55- $60 so it all depends on the race. They also give you a timing chip so that your race results get permanently recorded on the internet.
I think its all worth it. If I played Golf it would be a lot more expensive

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Wendy,

The average price for 5K-15Ks is around $30, but once you hit the 1/2 marathon and up, the price can easily top $100, although I think the Just a Short Run 1/2 that I signed up for in March in Pittsburgh was under $50 and that includes registration, shorts and a training shirt I elected to buy...that was the cheapest I have ever paid for a 1/2 marathon.

In my just over 100 races in my almost 5 years of running, I have paid almost $4000 in entry fee...not counting travel expenses.

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I should clarify - I usually run 5K races. The duathlon I participate in is still only $35 but I understand the bigger events cost more.

John, what do you get for $90?

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I pay up to $90 for races, but over that I start to question the fee

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I try not to pay over $20 for a race, but it's getting very difficult to find one for that amount anymore. I understand that the money usually goes to charity and I get a t-shirt out of the deal, but I can't help but wonder if more money could be raised if the registration fee was lowered so more people could afford it.

How much are races in your area and do you have a limit set for registration?

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