Tuesday, January 03, 2012

NYC Marathon: price to play keeps rising

Yesterday the NYC Marathon opened registration.  Of course, they have a lottery system, so one isn't automatically "in" just for registering.  I was tempted but the price made me hesitate and then ultimately decide against it.  The non-refundable registration fee is $11 and is required for all applicants.  NYRR members will pay $216, non-members in the US will pay $255 and and non-US residents will pay $347 to toe the line at NYC.  If I got in, my cost would be $266 plus any fees, plus airfare (from the west coast), plus hotel.  That becomes a price tag I simply cannot justify for myself.

What do you think of the price to run NY?  Have you run it before?  Worth this cost?  Are you entering the lottery this year?   

3 comments:

Ann said...

I had NO idea that it cost so much! I've done plenty of races and I've never paid more than $90. Wow! What does all that $ go to???

trifitmom said...

i didn't realize it was that high BUT i live in the area so i don't have to worry bout any other costs. with that being said, i have watched the race for over 15 years and it is truly like nothing i have ever seen. many friends have ran it and they do say it is a once in a lifetime amazing feeling. i say go for it...as there is no for sure getting in - it could be once in a lifetime bucket list kind of thing. and really the crowds on first avenue ......i might have to go register......

Anonymous said...

Mary Wittenburg, President of NYRR, made $509,555 in 2009 (475k in regular compensation). Other officers made $334,860, 265,500, 209,160, 186,280, 177,940, 175,357, ... SOURCE: NYRR's 2009 Public Form 990