I got the funniest thing in my e-mail box this morning.
Ready for it?
Now don’t get me wrong. I think it is completely awesome that there are offers like this out there, as running races can get very expensive. The shorter distance races that I run aren’t too bad, but look at how much this half costs…$80! Financial ouch! I think making races more affordable during the difficult economic times is a really great idea…
…I think it’s completely lame to put up a deal like this 3 weeks before the race.
First of all, three weeks is not enough time for most people to train for a half marathon. They advertise this offer telling you that all runners are welcome…and in the e-mail it talked about the awesome t-shirt and personalized race bib you will get. It doesn’t however mention that, oh, I don’t know, 13.1 miles is a LOT of miles for just your average runner.
Yes, yes, I know. Reader responsibility. We’ve heard a lot about that in the blog world lately, and it’s true. People have to be responsible for themselves, and frankly, if you’re stupid enough to sign up for a 13 mile race when you know you can’t even run a block, you sort of deserve what you get. That being said, I think it’s a little shady to try and wrangle some average runners to attempt a race that is over their heads just because you want their registration fees.
Secondly, I would think this offer would really irk the people out there who actually are capable of being ready for the half in three weeks. Most of them who live around here have probably already registered and paid full price. Seeing this friendly e-mail offer would be pretty annoying after already shelling out the entire fee.
Oh well. I hope the deal benefits some (qualified) runners…already 291 purchased, so I guess it’s possible. I hope next time to have more notice though….incentive to step up my game!
Do you use sites like Groupon to get good deals on activities/food/services in your area?