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.
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.
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.
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.
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?