Guest Blogger Keith Schlottman
At a recent event, someone asked me if I was a millionaire, because I race so much. While I would have liked to say yes, money is of no concern to me, the reality is that I’m just like most runners who struggle with balancing their racing budgets with many other financial pressures. But his comment did make me realize that running and racing do have a high priority in my spending decisions, and it caused me to think about some of the ways I try to minimize the damage that my running habit causes to my wallet.
Race fees seem to be on a never-ending spiral upward. It’s not just marathons, some of which have fees over $200; even local 5k events often cost between $35 – $55. Of course you also need the proper gear, and if you add up a nice pair of running shoes, socks, shorts, shirt, and maybe a hat, you’re easily wearing $200 or more. In our modern techno-society, “proper gear” also probably means you are wearing a GPS watch, some classy shades, and perhaps a few other accessories – maybe another several hundred dollars worth of stuff. Run a lot and you will be eating more – higher food bills – and you might even develop a habit for expensive gels and other “fuel” that the marketers are so good at convincing us to buy. If you travel to a race, transportation and hotel costs can be very high as well.
So yes, running does cost a lot. The notion that running is cheap because it just requires a pair of sneakers is quite simply not true. But the good news is that just like there […]