I saw this graphic and thought it was perfect for this week's blog topic which was about how much $ we are willing to spend on races.
My sister and I talk about this subject often. Over the years we've done a lot of race-cations and we've never regretted spending $ on any of them. In fact, vacations is something we never skimp on.
But let me keep this in perspective, we don't buy a lot of "things". We don't spend money at bars, go to movies every weekend, or eat out every night. When we buy clothes, we try to buy on sale and our shampoo does not cost $12 a bottle. I think there is a give and take to everything. We like to race and we like to stay at nice hotels, so that's what we would rather spend our $ on.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you have to spend a lot of $ to have a great time or a memorable experience, that is NOT the case. I'm just saying at the end of the day (or month), you might regret not doing a race but I doubt you would ever say, "I wish I really wouldn't have spent (x amount of money) on that race/vacation".
Some of my best life moments have been travel with family and friends for race-cations and that alone is priceless.
On the OTHER hand, when it comes to local races, we do have a limit. We think anything more than $30 is too much for a small 5K. Before you think we are cheapskates, let me explain.
We've done a variety of races at a variety of different price points. Some of the higher priced 5K's offer an event along with it, a t-shirt, a medal or at least AG medals, and raffles. Some smaller races don't offer any of those things and they are priced accordingly.
HOWEVER, if a race registration is $25 or $30 and they don't offer a t-shirt, or AG awards, or anything else but the course, I'm sorry but I think that is greedy of a local race. I've seen this happen before and I know they are usually suppose to be for some charity (sometimes), but come on, they need to offer something to their runners.
So there ya have it. We are willing to spend whatever (with in reason of course) on race-cations but when it comes to local races, they better be reasonably priced. How's that for logic?
We'll be linking up with the gals from TOTR!