I love a good racecation! Too much, really. When I first discovered runDisney, I caught the bug, and felt like I had to run all the races. When it was time for runDisney race registration, I was on it! As prices increased, and my wallet size decreased, it was time to reevaluate. This week for Tuesdays on the Run, we’re talking about what is your cost limit for a race? How much is too much for a race registration or racecation?
How Much is RunDisney Race Registration?
RunDisney races are running (pun intended) about $200 for a half marathon or marathon (including Active fees), around $120 for a 10K, and a little under $100 for a 5K. Then when you start talking race challenges where you run multiple races in the same race weekend, holy money, Batman!
That used to be me. Just shut up and take my money, runDisney. I have standards now, dang it! Just kidding, I’ve just learned to exercise a little more self-control. I used to want to run all the races, but now I’m being priced out.
Since I’ve run a lot of the runDisney races, I’ll “just” run the 10K one day and cheer for my friends and other runners the next day. Is it a waste of money to only run one race since I’ll already be down there? For me, it isn’t. I have an Annual Pass, I share a room with my friends, and can usually find cheap airfare or use points. Plus when I start adding more races, my costs increase for race registration, costumes, etc.
What Happens When a Race is Cancelled?
I was supposed to run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon earlier this year. It was cancelled due to weather. It was the right decision, but I was still disappointed. I could have run 13.1 miles around the resort like other runners, but I had nothing to prove, and I didn’t want to risk injury when it wasn’t an official race. Also the mom guilt was extra strong, because I felt like I wasted money, didn’t run, and this was time away from my family when I have a heavy travel schedule already in January.
This is causing me to rethink how much really is too much. It’s not just the money, but it’s the time, too. $100 is absolutely too much for a 5K for me. It just is, even if you add in characters. If it’s a bucket list item, then I say do it! I’ve run one runDisney 5K, and it was great, but I’m done. I admit I get tempted when a cool medal comes out (like that Captain America 5K medal, swoon), but choices need to be made.
I just put 2 kids in braces and have 3 others that will need them. Priorities.
When I can run a local half marathon for under $75 or under $50, then I have to go local. I did pay over $100 for the DC Nike Women’s Half, because that was a bucket list race for me, and they gave me a Tiffany necklace at the end. Worth it.
Also I’ll pay a little more when I know it’s a good race series with plenty of water stops and porta potties.
The bottom line is runDisney races are fun. No doubt about it. Some race weekends I enjoy more than others. I want an experience when I run, but I want it to be reasonable, too. There are definitely local races that fit that bill, but I still need my runDisney fix. Just in moderation.