The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 20, 2014

Races charge too much

The Commercial-News

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Runners and walkers must beware this summer. Some 5K (3.1 mile) fundraising events will again be way overcharging. Most are put on for good causes, but it’s not a good cause to overcharge people for something they sweat for.

Several years back you could enter foot races for $3. You didn’t get T-shirts, but you got what you paid for. Today’s events still start and finish the same way.

Now it’s too expensive for kids who don’t have jobs and senior runners having to enter late according to their physical condition the day of event. Some are charging extra late fees for those who can’t enter early. There seldom is an excuse for this.

Some charge totals of $25 and more, offering only finish lines and timing that can be recorded on your own watch. Some are charging late participants the same as pre-entries even though they receive nothing extra. Fundraisers offering no more than finish lines should be glad to accept any offering.

It takes work to organize most 5Ks and disappointing when turnouts are small. But you can’t expect people to show up who spent it all on the last one.

Only if things get too big to handle is it worth limiting participants. People willing enough to pay will be taken advantage of while those not affording it are left behind.

Barney L. Hance