high desert 50k, dec. 3
50k – $50.00 –> registered!
long beach marathon, oct. 15
26.2m – $95.00 –> i don’t think so…
i removed the long beach marathon from my schedule. 95 bucks to run 26 miles? on roads? i don’t think so. i think my days of running marathons are over (not that i’ve run that many, anyway). i just can’t seem to rationalize paying almost $100 to run a marathon. actually, my two favorite marathons, palos verdes and mystic places, were the cheapest i’ve ever run, at $40 and $50, respectively.
i understand there are expensive ultras, too. especially if you’re into multiday events abroad… but your ordinary ultra is usually pretty affordable, and well worth the price. (plus, how else do you get to binge while you run?). race directors of ultras do not usually put on races looking to make a profit. (at least most of them don’t). it is not rare for race directors to end up having to cover some of the race expenses out of their own pockets, either. it’s all about giving back to a sport they love. so i went out in the cyberworld and did some research on prices of 100 milers. (they’re in my future, anyway). i found that they range from $100 to $250 (here in the usa), but i only researched the “most famous” ones, and the skewed criteria for that was whether i had ever heard about them or not… 🙂 those were the two extremes:
100m – $100.00
100m – $250.00
the rocky raccoon is held in february, in huntsville, texas. it is rated “1.0” in difficulty by a step beyond: a definitive guide to ultrarunning, the ultrarunning “bible” published by the ultrarunning “authority” ultrarunning.com. no wonder it is a very common choice for a first 100 miler. the course consists of five 20.2-mile loops with four aid stations.
the western states — or “the boston of ultrarunning”, as some call it — is rated a “7.0” in difficulty by the same book. it is held in june, in squaw valley, california. the course is a downhill point-to-point from squaw valley to auburn, through one of the most beautiful terrain in northern california. there are several steep climbs and descents, and extreme temperature differences. i know of two great movies with footage from this race: a race for the soul, filmed in 2001, and running madness, filmed in 2002. they are very inspirational and will have you out the door running before the end. be sure to come back, shower, and watch the rest.