Post # 1
Long story short, I’ve gained quite a bit of weight, and I miss running races, so I’m looking to run a half marathon with my FI. We just moved to upstate NY, and al of the races I’ve found for around May are like $85!! I can’t believe it! Back home the highest racing fee I’d come across was around $35… :/ I’m hoping I’m just looking in the wrong places and that this is not a NY thing because quite frankly, we can’t afford that (for 2 of us! Holy moly that would be a lot) but I really want to run a half marathon. Does anyone know of maybe a site or organization that has cheap (or even FREE 😀 ) races? Anyone in NY know of any races? I’d like to run one in NYC (I haven’t been there yet and think t would be a really cool way to see the city).
P.S. I was just thinking…how dumb is it that we have to PAY money to RUN?
Post # 3
Unfortunately, they are pretty expensive around here. Idk how close you are to Syracuse, but I just entered the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k and it was only $30. Not as long as a half marathon, I know, but it’s still not a bad price and for a good cause.
But yeah, most of my friends who do half marathons usually pay around $80-100 for them.
Post # 4
How’s about just train for it, you don’t have to run the race, and as you say, running is free!!
Post # 5
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@shrubfish09: I know, it’s crazy how expensive some of them are. But think about it this way, you might pay $85 to go out to dinner or the bar… but this is good for you instead of bad for you. Plus it’s SUCH good incentive to keep training when you’ve already paid for the race!
Post # 6
@MissCalifornia: That’s what I was afraid of… We live by Albany so I figure it’s kind of in the middle of all the big cities (NYC, Buffalo, Syracuse, Lake Placid, etc) so I would be willing to travel if we found a cheap(er) race.
Post # 7
Tell me about it. Usually the only inexpensive races are smaller ones, like 5k’s and such – and even those tend to run in the $35 range.
Most races are a tax write off though, because your entry fee goes towards a charity or non-profit.
When I started running, with a group, I was doing a ton of races. In fact, we all were. Then I realized how much money I was spending and I had to cut back. Now I really only run a couple of races a year.
Post # 8
@shrubfish09: I know that the Boilermaker (15k) is sold out however there’s a website someone set up for people who can’t go to sell their bibs – you might try and find that, perhaps they’re being sold cheaper?
Post # 9
My area isn’t as expensive as NY, but the entry fees for big races are still between $60 & $100 for half marathons & $150+ for full marathons.
I try to find smaller, local 5k & 10k races to run as well. There’s a super small race in my county that is only $10! I mean, it’s only a 5k, so it’s not something I use to replace a longer race, but it’s fun & since it’s so small I usually place in my age group 🙂
Maybe check out a local running group (we have a Road Runners Club in several cities around our state) and they usually list smaller races or lesser known races on their websites.
Good luck! And as a PP suggested, you can always train for it but not run it. I find that paying an entry fee is all the motivation I need when I would rather sleep in on Saturday morning though, so whatever you need to do to stay motivated!
Post # 10
As someone who works in traffic ops and runs I can relate that such high fees suck but I get why. They have several meetings with City staff, hire officers to block roads, hire emergency personal to be on site, hire staff to block parking spots (and pay for any of those that are metered), get and install with staff (likely on overtime) barricades, signage, ect. Pay tent set up and fees, insurance fees, temp beer permits, shirts, medals, water/gatorade/gels, porta potties, after party food, clean up staff, timing chips/analysis,aka server and programer fees. Some cities charge hefty for lane closures and impact fees to businesses. New york may even perform a traffic impact study. Then there is also mailings to affected resedents and if you happen to shut off an interstate ramp you need the message boards,traffic control, staff, fees associated with that. Then of course the organizer recoups their time and any staff working on the events time and have a good chunk left over for charity.
So it’s easy to get why you ” have to pay to run” but it is a bummer!
Post # 11
The half marathons are generally $50+ because of the work that goes into them; there’s aid stations, road closures, swag, support crews, ambulances, etc. One of our local running companies has started letting virtual runners participate in half-marathons to cut costs; you sign up for $30, get a bib, a shirt, run 13.1 in your home town, and then get a finishers medal. This might be an option if you don’t mind a lower key experience. Let me know if you want the info for the virtual races.
Post # 12
I live in upstate New York too. There are a few smaller half marathons but you have to look hard to find them. There’s one in Watkins Glen, one in Ithaca, and a couple others. I hate that it’s so expensive. Sometimes you just want to go out and see if your training has paid off. Or you just need that motivation to get your butt out the door each day.
Last year I didn’t sign up for any races very far ahead of time, because I wanted to make sure that I would be able to do the race. So I ended up paying higher race fees. This year I registered very early for Buffalo Marathon, and of course then I get injured and now I’m on sidelines. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to run or not. Even if I dropped the half. Just figures life works that way.
Post # 13
Buffalo half is $55 through May 1. The race is May 26.
the Skunk Cabbage half in Ithaca is $25 and the race is April 14.
I’be found trail races to be less expensive if you like to run trails. The Watkins Glen race is in August.
Post # 14
Shamrock shuffle is $45. I did that last year but this year I’m debating because I don’t want to spend that money 🙁
why DO we have to pay to run? lol
Post # 15
I’ve paid as much as $160 (cringe) for a race. The longer distances all seem to be in the $70+ range. There really is a lot of work that goes into hosting a race, and the money often goes to a very good cause, so I can justify spending it. I second the idea of finding smaller races- I’ve done half marathons with only a couple hundred participants that cost much less.
Post # 16
@shrubfish09: I’m originally from WNY and now live in DC and the prices are crazy! I cannot believe that the Wineglass half which runs through the middle of nowhere on a road few people travel on costs the same as my half that is shutting down DC for a day (**For what it is worth, I am very excited to run Wineglass)