It wasn't that long ago that running races didn't cost all that much. I miss the days of going to my local running store in Portland (Ore.), filling out the race registration on the store's counter and walking away with my bib and shirt. It wasn't long ago -- maybe 10 or 12 years ago?? Today, we have to register online because registering via snail mail will often actually cost you more. There are always fees and the race fees themselves just keep going up.
A friend recently changed her mind about running a local San Diego race this month. She had registered late for the race and with fees, she paid $102 and some change. A mutual friend bought the bib from her during the transfer window for the full amount and then still had to pay the $20 transfer fee. In all, over $120 for a HALF MARATHON. I know the Rock-n-Roll series are expensive, but this isn't even one of their races. This just blows my mind, esp. when I learned tonight that recently the inaugural Hollywood Half Marathon (April 2012) offered a $39 special to register. What a difference in price!
The races are just getting too expensive. I'm running the same San Diego race later this month and also purchased a bib from someone who paid $102 and change. My limit was $50, which she accepted since she was injured. I feel comfortable with $50 for a half marathon (esp. since it will be in her name, not mine), or even $60. But upwards of $120?
What about you? What are you willing to pay for races? Dependent on distance? Location? Extras that come in the goodie bag? I never wear the t-shirts and my bib and medal go into a box. I personally could do without all the extras, I just want to run!