$45 to go for a run?

Nov 14, 2013
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This one is short and sweet, but highly opinionated. I have recently noticed a dramatic increase in the number of my friends who are participating in 5k and 10k races, fun runs, adventure races, even a race up the stairs of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago. Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled to see so many of my friends living healthy, active lifestyles and I wouldn’t be completely opposed to a race titled “The Hot Chocolate 10k” on a chilly November weekend in Chicago, but……why are we paying so much money to go for a run?

I was recently asked by a friend if I wanted to to join a team for a marathon relay (I would only have to run 6 miles she says…) and I thought that might sound like fun, so I asked her how much it cost….”$45 to $60 dollars, depending on how many people are on our team” What? So I asked if it was supporting a charity….nope, but you get a t-shirt and a medal at the end….

At that moment I decided, I will not pay to go for a run, unless it is for charity. As a student, I just can’t justify paying $10 per mile to run the same route I run by my house for free 3 days a week, even if I get a t-shirt and a medal. Maybe I’m cheap, maybe I’m missing something, but honestly? $45 to go for a run when its not supporting anything other than t-shirts and participation medals? Give me a break. What are your thoughts?

Author: Susan Silverman



  • First Time Runner

    I agree! It was a personal goal of mine to run a 5k this year but the price for the run I chose was outrageous…at least it went to charity!

  • bobl07

    First time runner at least you were able to afford the price. It seems that many who want to participate find it too much to pay. That is so wrong considering you want to promote health and help with charities. Maybe they should have levels of pay that would make it more affordable to participate.

  • Susan Silverman

    Thanks for commenting First Time Runner! I have found that in my area there are a few running clubs that meet on different days of the week and you can run with them for free! You can try searching Facebook or other social media sites for “running club” similar search terms. I hope you’re still enjoying running!