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2015/02/26 13:05:06 (permalink)
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How much would you pay to enter a race?

Just curious, but I'm becoming increasingly annoyed at the fees being charged by race organisers (I'm not even going to start on 'tough mudder' style events).
 
Cardiff Half Marathon charges £25 for affiliated entry, which I felt was high.  I've just recieved an email for the 2016 event which starts at £49!
 
Most of these events are marshalled by volunteers and food stations are usually supplied by sponsors.

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    BROKEN
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/26 13:23:50 (permalink)
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    This is the big one in the village I used to live
    http://www.ythanchallenge.org.uk/
    I can't remember how much the charged for it, I think it was around £25
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/26 13:32:32 (permalink)
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    i did Toughguy 3 years ago, the original of all these tough mudders etc. cost me £80. later found out that didnt include parking so had to send them another £20.
     
    was it worth it? yes to a a point able to say ive done it and there was a hell of alot of work that had gone into the organising  etc.
     
    things like half marathons etc i begrudge paying after all its a run. i could go back the next day and run the same route and time it myself for free.
     
    suppose you pay for the 'atmosphere' in a sense.
     
    silly money
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/26 13:36:17 (permalink)
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    £38 is the most I've seen so far for the marathon I'll be doing later.  My mate does triathlons and Ironman's and they are expensive.
     
    Now I'm part of a running club I do the smaller ones which can be as little as £6.
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/26 17:23:50 (permalink)
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    I think there are a lot of overheads these days. I'm sure there is a degree of profit in there for organisers, but when you factor in costs then i'd say they're an expensive enough event to run.
     
    Printing, public liability insurance and other considerations like advertising and street cleanup afterwards all mount up.
     
    Mate of mine used to be involved in events organising here and the cost of an outdoor event of any sort is staggering these days, not to mention the time and effort needed to logistically organise it. There are probably staff that get paid out of entrance fees too.
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/26 18:07:21 (permalink)
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    £49 for an half marathon is shocking IMO.
     
    Do you even get energy gels etc at the food stations?
     
    IMO the Ironman's at around £400 entry are getting too expensive as the field is often 1500-2000 which is hardly a small field event.
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/26 18:15:13 (permalink)
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    Well at £400 a touch that is bound to be a huge profit margin. It's properly steep, but there are hardcore enthusiasts who happily pay it.
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/26 18:15:13 (permalink)
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    Well at £400 a touch that is bound to be a huge profit margin. It's properly steep, but there are hardcore enthusiasts who happily pay it.
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/28 08:29:22 (permalink)
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    Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) eg Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Hellrunner etc etc also attract a certain market which is why they can justify the high entry fees. I know its 'fun' for most but paying £80 to get muddy, wet and possibly electrocuted is not my idea of enjoyment!
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/28 10:50:11 (permalink)
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    Paying to go running on public streets? Are you people mental? 
     
    Is there prize money involved or something. If there's good money to be had I can see the point, otherwise **** that.
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/28 10:50:11 (permalink)
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    Paying to go running on public streets? Are you people mental? 
     
    Is there prize money involved or something. If there's good money to be had I can see the point, otherwise **** that.
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/28 11:13:42 (permalink)
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    Uriel


    Are you people mental? 


     







    Yes
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/28 15:09:37 (permalink)
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    I don't think up to £50 is too bad depending on what you're doing and what you get.  There are significant costs in running these things and, of course, they are a business to make money.
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/28 15:19:18 (permalink)
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    Tough mudder was £60 when I first did it two and a half years ago, it's at least £80 something now but can go up to £150 on the day.

    I'm doing all 7 UK events this year, got a season pass for £300
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/28 20:33:53 (permalink)
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    Uriel
    Paying to go running on public streets? Are you people mental? 
     
    Is there prize money involved or something. If there's good money to be had I can see the point, otherwise **** that.


    Chip timing, medals, running with thousands of other people with an amazing atmosphere. Course it's worth it. I get s buzz everytime I do a race and the bigger the event the better. Can only imagine what the London Marathon must feel like.
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/28 20:59:41 (permalink)
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    I would guess that the Police will charge certain events for road closures that require police presence.
     
     
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/28 21:11:55 (permalink)
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    brittas
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    Paying to go running on public streets? Are you people mental? 
     
    Is there prize money involved or something. If there's good money to be had I can see the point, otherwise **** that.


    Chip timing, medals, running with thousands of other people with an amazing atmosphere. Course it's worth it. I get s buzz everytime I do a race and the bigger the event the better. Can only imagine what the London Marathon must feel like.

    As it's been pointed out I bet sponsors cover those costs. And even if they don't, 50£ is a ripoff. A marathon has what, 5000 people running? They need a quarter million quid to organize a race on the street?!
     
    As I said I could understand those figures if most of that money went to prizes. If all you get is a cheap medal and a printed certificate, then it's a damn good deal...for them!
    post edited by Uriel - 2015/02/28 21:13:06
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/02/28 23:02:34 (permalink)
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    I was going to run the London marathon,(for the downs association) but the cost was too high,they also wanted at least £400 proven sponsor money upfront.so i didn't do it.

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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/03/01 10:18:12 (permalink)
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    We live in a society influenced by market forces: what people will pay is what will be charged.
     
    These events, for the most part, can't earn money from spectators so the entrants need to pay.
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    Re: How much would you pay to enter a race? 2015/03/01 11:23:12 (permalink)
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    IamRich
    Tough mudder was £60 when I first did it two and a half years ago, it's at least £80 something now but can go up to £150 on the day.

    I'm doing all 7 UK events this year, got a season pass for £300


    I did exactly this last year, but the season pass was £212. I worked out with parking £70 (£10 each event) and fuel I'd spent a total of £680 driving from Leeds to each event. 


    Would I do it again? Not all of them, but I may do the Yorkshire event this year. I can see the value in paying up to £75 for these events as it is like a mini festival and a great atmosphere with some real work that goes into setting up the events. But the final day price of £175+ is just daft.
     
    My advice if you don't want to pay full whack for a TM is volunteer for an event and you get free entry to a different event, so if you want to run it, volunteer for the Saturday then run the Sunday.......
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