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Monday, June 27, 2011

How Do You Pick Races?

I'm really curious, how do you pick your races?

I came up with a nice long list of potential races at the beginning of the year and then ADP and I talked about it.  We are living on one income, so instead of doing what I wanted and signing up for every single one we settled on a race budget.  I have a set dollar amount that I can spend on races this year.  So, do I do some big races or a lot of little races (big and little are in terms of $$, not distance)?

My race budget is almost gone and there are so many races left this fall I want to do.  Plus, there are some races that both ADP and I want to run which will involve hiring a sitter for the kids.  Two race entries plus a sitter will blow the budget out of the water (sitters are not cheap and we have no family near by).  Thankfully, the races I want to do in the fall usually do not sell out so I can wait until the last minute to register.

How do you figure out what races you are going to run??

18 comments:

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I have to stay local to stay on budget. SO I pick my races by whatever is in town and I get get a free sitter for, thanks to my family!

Carie said...

We are living on one income as well, so I have to be careful. There are several criteria I use. One of course is price and will I have to travel by plane to get there, hotel stay, food, etc. All that adds up. If I have a lot of friends who are also going to a particular race then I would want to go too. There are also those races that are near and dear to my heart that I do every year no matter what. A local 5k that was my very first race, a local half marathon that was my first half, and a local 15 k that is a tough course.

ajh said...

I try to register before the price goes up. If that doesn't happen sometimes I don't register. I like well organized races. I like scenic races. I like races close by when I can. I do race a lot but no babysitter or other runner involved. But I tend to not do races that are too expensive. I like to do races I haven't done. I like to do races with friends. There are so many reasons to pick races. Good luck with this.

Molly said...

I'm in the same boat as you, I tend to do local races, but only my favorites. I spread them out over the course of the year so that I always have something to train for.

Running Librarian said...

Do you have any friends that have kids? Maybe you can do a babysitting swap. She watches yours and then you agree to watch her kids.

I like the smaller races. I enjoy races that have door prizes (hey if I am not going to win my age group, might as well have a chance at winning something)

onelittletrigirl said...

I have a few methods- first, when it comes to road races, I pay no more than $90. For a tri, no more than $125. I try to volunteer as much as possible to get free races; I did not pay for a single tri out of pocket last year. This year, I paid for only 2. I sign up as early as possible and look for discounts on races.

As far as the actual races, I usually take into consideration the date, distance and how many of my friends/teammates are racing.

Emily said...

i sign up for way too many races so it doesn't take a lot for me to pick them...but I mostly base my decision on trying to do them with friends, trying to race in new places, doing races while I'm already traveling for something else and doing local ones (even though they are usually more $$) because at least I'll save on all other costs.

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

I have some races I do every year (New Haven) and others I try to do every year (Silks and Satins, Last Run Albany). After that, its whatever race looks good and fits my schedule. I have taken to selling things on Ebay to fund a race fee. Both to justify the fee and to clean out my overly cluttered house. :)

Jourdans said...

I was going to suggest the babysitting swap too!

christina said...

My hubby isnt a runner so that helps. I base my runs on what I need distance wise for each time of year based on what Im training for. I try to only do my big races - a half and a full farther away since I like to use those as times for an adult only weekend away. The rest are smaller races close to home and arent that pricey. What gets me is the rest of the weekend away, not just the race.

Heather said...

I try to choose one a month. Some I have been doing a while so everyone expects those weekends will have a race. The others I try to schedule in between baseball tournaments ect.

Jenn said...

That's a tough one. My big race is usually a marathon so I settle on and register for that soon. Then every summer we traditionally do a 4th of July race and a favorite September HM. Everything else is usually race day registration and if it works with our schedules! Good luck deciding here!!

Yolanda said...

I'm a newbie and would appreciate any advice your willing to give me.

For the moment, I run the races closest to home, or when I know I'm going to be some where on vacation, I check to see if they have a race that I may be able to participate in.

Loving what running is doing for my body, just beginning at the age of 45.

Bridget said...

I guess I pick mine on if friends are doing it. And then I pick it based on location, and whther or not it's too close to another race that I just ran. Last year, I was kind of 5K crazy. Now this year I am being more selective. And I like a race that has good energy. I guess I like the bigger races where you have a lot of support.

Anne said...

I'm still trying to figure this all out...so far, I'm sticking to relatively nearby. I'm hoping to do the Montreal Marathon...and if that works out, then the plan is to run somewhere I'd like to visit. I do very few races, so I figure I can afford to make them a bit of a big deal. :)

Go Mommy said...

It is hard to pick races, they add up $$ I try to stick to a budget, "try". I had to say no to a relay with my sister because of the $, broke my heart :(

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i love to run, but don't really care about racing, so I'm super selective. I pick places we can go for a great vacation to be my big race and then anything local I try to find one's that are going to be through neat areas or just really easy to get to since I hate traffic :)

Black Knight said...

I don't have a method. I decide month after month checking the lists on www.corrinellamaremma.it and www.maratoneta.it