WTF Wednesday, how much would you pay to race?

The Dopey Challenge includes a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a full marathon.  The cost to run the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World this year was $560.

how much

Five hundred and sixty dollars.  I kid you not.  I guess you could look at it this way, it does include 4 races and typically you would probably pay close to that to run four races, or not.  I think I’ve paid 30-40 dollars for 5K’s, maybe 45-50 for a few 10K’s, around 100 for half marathons and upwards of 150 for full marathons.  Based on my experience I could run those four types of races for around $340 tops or at least that’s what I myself would pay.  Of course they would not be in Disney and I would not get the special medal for finishing all four races in four days.

But let’s also keep in mind that park entrance is NOT included in that $560.

what the hell

That’s what I said!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing run Disney and I know there are a lot of people who love to run their races and absolutely obsess over anything Disney.  I am not one of those people.  However, it brings up an interesting point.  How much is too much to pay for a race and more importantly, why do you pay to race?

I saw this article in the Orlando Sentinel recently.

are races worth the money

I have to be honest, I’ve spent a couple thousand dollars in a single year for races but you have to wonder when it becomes too much.  I ran a lot of races back in 2013 and I ended up with pesky injuries that wouldn’t go away and so I slowed down on the racing and now I choose quality over quantity.  If I can’t be in it 100%, (physically, mentally, and more), it doesn’t matter how much it cost, it isn’t worth it.  My younger self would never have felt that way but I’ve sort of grown into that as I’ve gotten older.

I look at many factors before deciding if I race now.  I want to run a race that is fun and a course that is challenging but not ridiculous.  I look at the cost vs what I get in return, (tech shirts, medal, food, etc.) and I look at reviews about the race before making a decision.

One of the most important things you can do is to research a race you’ve never run by looking up reviews from runners who’ve run it in the past. You’ll be able to find out things about the course, the race directors, the after parties, and a whole host of other information.  Race reviews are invaluable.

runner review

I also look at the location.  If a race is within a short distance from my house in Clearwater or Nokomis, I’m in.  I will also travel to a race in Tennessee, Ohio, or even Virginia since I have family there, but it would have to meet all of my qualifications just as the local races do.

In the article in the Orlando Sentinel they mention how races help runners hold themselves accountable since they’ve told everyone their running and it helps some people stick with training.  That wouldn’t really work for me since I’m already a perfectionist.  I don’t really need a race to hold me accountable but if it works for them, then I say go for it.

But no matter what you promised me, I would never pay 560 dollars to run a race.  That’s a car payment or a mortgage for Christ sake!  I love running and also racing but I don’t feel the need to shell out tons of money to love it even more.

WTF, it’s Wednesday, how much would you pay for a race and why?

WTF Wednesday, win millions, get bit, take a trip

I don’t often play the lottery and MacGyver never plays but when he heard how high the mega millions was last night he insisted we take a trip up to the corner store to play.

Im in

Since we don’t play often we don’t really know all the rules or even where to play because the first three places we went didn’t have the lottery.  Finally we found a Hess station that was open and offered the lottery so I went in to play.  I picked my own numbers and then also asked the attendant for 2 quick picks.  She printed them out and told me the cost and then as she was ringing it up she said, ‘You know this is for Friday because it’s too late to play tonight, right?’

no i didn't

But I didn’t say that, I just shook my head yes because I’m an idiot and a liar.  For those of you who, like me, did not know the cutoff time, it’s 9PM.  I will never remember that so in the future if I want to play, I’ll just play the day before or not at all.

Every morning before I begin my day I open up my news feeds to see whats going on locally, nationally and generally everywhere.  For three days in a row this week the top story in all three feeds has been, Who bit Beyonce on the face? 

When I first saw the feed I skimmed over it but the more I saw it the more intrigued I became and now, I’m not ashamed to admit, I cannot live a full life until I know who bit Beyonce on the face!

For months the kid has been looking for a home to purchase in Columbus.  He actually had a contract on two but at the last minute something went wrong.  When he had a contract on the second house we were sure there would be no problems and the purchase would be complete at the end of March, he had a closing date and everything.  So, I purchased a round trip ticket to help him move and because I wanted to help him get the extra things he may need with a new house and all.

But then the house purchase fell through and the kid got super frustrated and decided to put the search on hold.

Im done with this

Of course I had a round trip airline ticket so I contacted the airline to change the ticket to a later date when the kid would have some days off and we could actually do some fun things.  The original ticket was purchased far in advance and I got a great price.  The new dates I chose were also a few months out so the difference in price was only 30 bucks however when I put it in the cart and went to check out, the cost was 215 dollars!

Apparently the airlines charge a 150 dollar change fee and miscellaneous other fees.

that's fucked

I mean I could see if I was cancelling a few days or even a few weeks before but I was changing the flight several weeks in advance.  But the most messed up part of the situation is that it is cheaper for me to just no show for the original flight and go ahead and book another trip which would cost 159 dollars but I didn’t do that, not did I change the dates.  I’m going to Columbus as originally planned.  Anybody have any ideas as to what I can do while I’m there?

WTF Wednesday

Yep, it’s Wednesday!