Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Budgeting for Destination Races

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Do you like to do destination races? I love going out of town for races. For me, I've run many of the local races that I want to run and I find myself looking elsewhere for new and exciting races, especially if I've never been to that particular city. I also have runner friends that live elsewhere and we like to meet up at a race to run together. And I LOVE a girls getaway race with my close BRFs. Whatever the reason is, many runners will end up considering a race out of town and may wonder if it is worth all the effort. In my opinion, the answer is usually "yes!"

Before I continue, I'm linking up with the Tuesday on the Run blog link up, hosted by My No-Guilt LifeMCM Mama Runs and Marcia's Healthy Slice. When you're done reading here, go check them out!

I wish I could run every out-of-town race that my friends tell me about. I wish I could go on every running road trip, if for no other reason than the time away with friends. But, as supportive as my husband is, I think he would definitely be mad if I took off all the time running races with friends. And, sadly, we are not loaded with gobs of money that can be spent on all these races. This bring me to the topic of this week's Tuesday on the Run: just what are the costs associated with destination races? How much do they really cost?

Before you commit to an out-of-town race, here are the things to consider:

- The cost of the hotel, per night of trip.
- Will you need to rent a car or will there at least be shuttle or Uber to and from airport?
- Will you need airfare? What about gas if driving?
- Cost of food per day of trip.
- Cost of any entertainment (Disneyland, Vegas, etc.).
- The race registration (the whole reason for going, right?).
- The cost of race items or other purchases at expo or elsewhere.

I would say that one of the more expensive destination races for me in the last year or so was Rock n Roll Nashville Half Marathon last year. But, it was worth it. I met dear friends from the east coast and we had a blast. But that was the only real destination race last year. The others I either didn't have to pay for airfare and/or hotel and that cut costs big time. Sharing hotel rooms also really helps, or staying with friends in the area, and bringing your own food (within reason, of course) helps too.

I think if the race is a bucket-list kind of race, I would say do what you can to make it happen. Otherwise, you have to decide if it's worth the cost. Honestly, I have never regretted a destination race. Even if the race isn't the greatest, the time with friends is priceless. If you think missing out on that experience will be something you regret, make a plan to make it happen. Cut costs where you can (deals on airfare, hotels, food, etc. do exist!!) and pocket away a little cash here and there. Maybe don't do as many local races to use the money towards the destination race. Prioritize your racing schedule to be sure you can make the destination race happen.

Do you do many destination races? What are ways you budget for those trips?

11 comments:

  1. We do tons of destination races but but we always split the cost of the hotel room between us so that helps cut down on cost!

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    1. I agree! And it's definitely more fun to travel and run with friends :)

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  2. I totally agree with you that destination races are worth it. But time, money and impact on family all have to be taken into account when we make our selections. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Absolutely! That's why most of my races this year are local!

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  3. Great article! Cost is big factor for us in choosing races, because we like to do a non-running vacation during the year as well.

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    1. Non-running vacation? What's that? ;) Just kidding. We are actually taking one this year!

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  4. I love a girl's race with my closest BRFs too! Can't wait for this weekend!

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  5. I love them, but they do take up a lot of resources! Thanks for linking up this week!

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  6. Every destination race I've attended has been worth the money. I don't think you could ever go wrong with the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon/Half Marathon series because they're always set up in great locations. I do agree that it gets very expensive, so my wife and I have to plan pretty far in advance, but luckily registration is open pretty well in advance, too. And, I think RnR has a refund program sometimes if you decide in time that you can't attend. Anyway, like you, all of my destination races have been memorable and fun because we meet up with friends--and my favorite coach from the west coast--which makes everything worthwhile.

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