My kids need new passports for our trip to London in April. Did you know a child’s passport costs $105? And it only lasts 5 years! That’s $21 per year, per child! Good thing I just have two kids. This will be my 9 year old’s 3rd passport. His first international trip was at 7 months…that was such a cute passport photo! But that means I’ll have spent over $300 on passports for someone who’s not even 10!
Which in a very roundabout way gets me to my point. Really, there is one. And that’s the price of racing. I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how much races cost. From $50 5Ks to $100 sprint triathlons to $200-and-up marathons (New York is now $255), racers are finding their budgets just aren’t stretching all that far.
BUT…there are cheaper races out there…
The less expensive races tend to be less well advertised (since they aren’t spending all your money on their ad budget) so if you want to spend less, skip the race that’s in your face, so to speak, get online, and search or ask around for low-cost races.
If you’re looking for a marathon, check out Enthusiastic Runner’s Most Inexpensive Marathons post.
For shorter races in the DC area, check out DC Road Runners’ Snowball Series. These races are free for members and just $5 for everyone else. The Tidal Basin Runs at Hains Point are free, and the group that organizes these runs is having an MLK race on January 16th that’s just $10.
I know there are many more inexpensive races out there. Send me links to those you know of, and I’ll do a little more research after these passport applications have been submitted…