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How are the race fees in your area?<br><br>
We have a local sprint that is $125. Most others are a little cheaper.<br>
HIM for $125<br>
Duathlon is $65.
 

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Race fees always get people fired up!!<br><br>
Here is Seattle, sprints run about $70, 10K's $25, HM $70, Lake Stevens 70.3 was $175
 

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The sprint I do for charity is like $75.<br><br>
The small one I do locally is $35.<br><br>
The half marathons in the area seem to run about $80-90.<br><br>
5Ks are anywhere from $15-35, more if they are for charity.<br><br>
The Muddy Buddy Race is pretty high... Well over a hundred for the two of us, if I remember right.
 

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One of the local organizers is doing a special on a series. One sprint, one oly, and one 70.3 all for the low low price of $250.
 

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In my area, let's say within 100 miles of my house, sprints are running around $50. 5ks are in the $20+ range, 10k-1/2 mary are around $40+, and Gulf Coast Tri HIM is coming in around $150...this, of course, is an 8 hr drive from my house!
 

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Sprints around VA run from $45-60, Oly's run $60-80. My early season HIM is $120, the late season one is $175. 5k's can be as little as $5 and the HM I will be doing is $45.<br><br>
No matter it all adds up. I am only doing 3 triathlons this year but several running races.
 

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Sprint and Olys around here are $60-$90<br>
HIM $150-$200<br>
Alcatraz was $320 <img alt="shock.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/shock.gif">
 

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I think I mostly paid about $65 or so for the sprints I did last summer. The local sprint was $50. Here in Germany, I paid 5 Euro for my last 10k, and the HM that my friends will all be running in a week or two costs them, you guessed it, 5 Euro.<br><br>
JR's right! Get rid of the AG awards, the bags full of stuff you throw out, and even get rid of some of the free food. (If you're really racing, you can't eat afterwards!) <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> I wonder when bare-bones racing will hit North American endurance sports.<br><br>
JR: What do bike races run?
 

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Bike races are fairly inexpensive here in the US, in general say 20-25 with cash prizes maybe 5-10 deep at the local level. The races in Canada have gotten quite prices, $50 is fairly common. They have to pay for police at the intersections, while we can generally use fire police (free) or volunteers. The province will tell them how many police they need to provide and they get paid by the half-day I believe.<br><br>
For a bike race, the officals are maybe $50 each, the permit is $50-100, rider insurance is by the head at $2 I think, plus the other charges. In general, you can more or less break even on entry fees and then the prize money is a sponsor deal, often merchandise from local shops is used as prizes.<br><br>
I felt like a real sap paying $50 to race for a plaque that I threw in the garbage, but I decided not to dwell on it. It's just the nature of the sport and they give people what they want, so I can either write the check or do somethig else, I figured I enjoy the races enough to commit to doing some more this year.<br><br>
When my wife and I were dating, I bought us mountain bikes instead of engagement rings. We won more money on those stupid bikes between the two of us than we paid for them--those were the days in the late 1980's for MTB racing.
 

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It seems that prices keep going up because folks demand more and more from every race. I wonder how much a race spends getting AG awards to go three deep on both sides, plus the 6 top-finishers awards. Any RDs out there with this kind of insider knowledge?
 

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Plaques and medals are pretty expensive. The chip timing is quite costly and largely irrelevant to me, but a lot of people liek it. Big tents, blaring music, a dozen officials--before you know it you have some real money, but with 500-1000 people at $100 each, you are also running a pretty large event budget. The people I know who run those events also own a chip timing service so they can fill in off weekends by timing races with a smaller crew. There are only so many race weekends in a year, I think it's a lot of work for the people who do it.<br><br>
I think you are right that they provide what people want. There is a real aversion to celebrating top performance over participation, I remember one race where I was second overall and got called up to get an age group award, there was no overall podium ceremony--that clearly sends a message. It's the nature of the sport and I can live with it, if I was short on money the multisport events would be the first thing to go, however.
 

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Local Sprints $40-50<br>
Local Olys $85<br>
Local Running Races $10-20<br><br>
The bigger the race, the more expensive it is.<br><br>
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TRIBOB--thats funny cause I have been thinking the same thing lately and wondering WHY they are so expensive--not only is the sport itself so expensive, now the races have to be expensive too! I have a bunch of races on the docket (in my siggy) but quite honestly, money is going to be an issue cause they are so expensive--I think I will have to pick 3 races to do and that will have to be it this season..<img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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HIM - $225 or so for Timberman which is a lot but I felt it was so incredibly organized last year that it was worth every penny. All the folks who come to NH to do this also contribute nicely to our state economy. I can see how doing a few HIM's during the year can very quickly add up. I'm lucky that there are a number of good races within a 2 hour drive so it keeps my travel costs down.<br>
Sprint - $60?<br>
local 5-10K's - $10-20<br>
50 mile charity ride - I have to raise/pay in at least $150 to participate but it is for ongoing cancer research at our local medical center.
 

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We are about the same 50-60 for a sprint, 225 for my HIM, 25 for my HM, and 50 for the marathon.<br><br>
I am lucky that there is a wonderful sprint series, called the Lake Terramagus Sprint series, they are on Thurs nights. It is 20 bucks and it is a solid race course. I think there are 6 of them total, I did 3 of them last year, best $60 spent at the races all year.
 

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I'm seeing some sprints in the $65-80 range, and others in the $105-$130 range.<br><br>
There is an aquathon series nearby that's something like $60-70 bucks for a series of 6 sprint or super sprint events. Too bad they're scheduled pretty early in the evening on a work day.
 
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