|Me with Elvis during the |
2006 Cincinnati Flying Pig.
Unfortunately, I'm not entered in a single one.
It's not because I don't want to be in Indianapolis or Cincinnati this weekend -- I do! These are two of my favorite half marathons. And I almost registered for Cap City. I even have friends entered in each one of these events. However, the increasing cost of races has caught up with me.
I probably would have entered the Cap City Half since it is a local race. With no travel expenses or hotel costs, I thought it would be a good deal. However, at more than $50 for registration, it was too expensive for me right now. The perks of this race really don't warrant more than $50.
So, because of the cost of entry fees, I am entering fewer races, focusing on local races and choosing more small, less expensive races.
And though I am somewhat jealous of my friends who are entered in events this weekend, I am enjoying these smaller, less expensive events. There is something nice about being in a race that notices if you show up. And I like not having to weave in and out of slow runners to get to my pace.
And maybe, in a couple of years when my race budget is a little bit larger, I hope I will still be supporting and enjoying local, small races.
PS: The reason I am not entered in the Jack Mortland judged racewalk has nothing to do with money. I'm just not confident about my racewalking form -- yet.