Running Is Cheap Or Is It Me??

SO… One thing I heart about running is that it doesn’t have to be expensive. Having said that, it certainly can be. Most of my running career has been pretty minimalist. I believe in putting money into good running shoes but everything else – not so much.  Having said that, I find shoes that I like and then look for them online for less or at discount stores like Big 5, or wait for a sale.  So I try to spend less.  As far as the rest of running stuff, it’s not as big of a deal.  Having said that, it’s easy to rack up some pretty hefty numbers on the cash register and it would be so fun to go hog wild….  I suppose like anything else it’s about balance and importance.  Some things I get for dirt cheap, some things I spend more on but I do always try to save.

Races are why I run.  OK, there are lots of reasons why I run but races are the fun part.  The icing on the cake, the ring in the Cracker Jack’s, the shiny object.  It’s the pinnacle of all that freaking training in 8* weather and 30 mph winds.  The bonus round for 100* temp runs, early mornings and night runs.  I adore going to events!!  Some of them cost too much for me to justify, some cost just fine but after adding travel, hotel, meals, etc…  cost too much, some are potential goal races like Great Wall of China or winter fantasies like Maui.  This leads me to a question….

It’s no one’s responsibility that I’ve chosen to have a large family.  I love it so I don’t really care what other people think about that part.  We pay for everything, support our family without assistance, work hard and all that jazz.  BUT having a large family means (without a hefty trust fund) we have to choose what we do.  Almost all of my kids run.  Two of them do the mile fun run, but the other 8 that live at home or in town run the 5K or 10K.  So it’s definitely become a family affair.  I think it would be great for the kids to do two events a year.  One they do is in October so I try to find another in Spring.  The problem is how expensive it gets.  I’ve looked at three different races for Spring and they range from $360-$400 for all of us to enter.  Compared to some races this might not seem like a lot.  For me, it’s a lot.

Is it wrong for me to contact the race director and ask if we can enter as a group and get a flat rate??  On one hand I would think the race would prefer for example $275 for us to enter as a group instead of nothing if we don’t race at all.  On the other hand I understand that it costs money to put on a race and it can’t cost them money for us to be there.  Is there a balance??  What if we didn’t get the T-shirts??  I did contact one of them and asked if that was possible.  He was very rude in his email reply so I in turn felt  bad for asking.  Then I got irritated because it’s $45 for the 10K no matter the age $35 for the 5K no matter the age.  We’ve done other races that are $10-$15 for the kids prices but we’re limited to what’s available for us locally.  I just don’t know how to feel or whether or not to ask.  For the most part I’ve had nothing but great experiences with events and especially the people who put in the time and effort to make them happen.  I just love how excited my kids get, what a fantastic opportunity it is for them, how much they learn, how happy it makes them.  I love this look:

Kids before the Reno 5000 Halloween Race October 2011

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