Get your Groupon

I got the funniest thing in my e-mail box this morning.

Really funny.

Ready for it?

Okay.

That’s right. I received a Groupon offer to run the US Half Marathon for half price…3 weeks from now.

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…

…BUT…

…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.Β  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?

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5 Responses to Get your Groupon

  1. Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat says:

    I totally agree with you–it’s kind of silly to email something like that out 3 weeks before. I could understand if was for a 5K or something like that, but a half-marathon cannot be trained for in 3 weeks unless you are running an 8-10 mile run every weekend.

    I’ve only bought one Groupon, and I never used it. It doesn’t seem like they have any good ones around my area.

    • girlinchucks says:

      Exactly.

      I have yet to buy one myself, but we accept them at work, so I registered for the site. Nothing has suited my fancy yet. I keep waiting for something to really seem worth it.

  2. Average A says:

    Girl; AMEN on the Groupon shenanigans! I paid for this race months ago and was pretty livid to see that they are now offering half off?!?! Bigger races are a huge financial commitment, and this was seriously a slap in the face. 😦

    I think I remember seeing a Groupon earlier this year for the U.S. “Other” Half in April… am thinking of not even registering next April in hopes that the race discount will come up again! Saving $40 is sort of a big deal! That’s 8 more DSE races! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the comment on my blog, by the way! Congrats on finishing your first 5k!! 33 minutes and change for your first race is AWESOME and I hope you are proud of how you did. πŸ™‚ How did you hear of DSE? Are you planning on running more? Perhaps I’ll see you around!

    xoxo,
    A

    • girlinchucks says:

      Aw, sorry you got burned on the Groupon offer. =\

      Thanks…I am proud! I did the Komen Race for the Cure 5K too and came in at 32:36. I’m just happy to be making some progress!

      I found out about DSE just by searching online for local races. I had only been running a short time, but was interested in trying out a 5K, and $5 seemed like a small investment for giving it a try. I hadn’t been completely sure if it was going to be the right venue for me as a new runner, as the races are small and so many of the participants are FAST. My co-worker, who runs most of the DSE races encouraged me to come out and it ended up being a great experience. While I did come in with the second half of the pack, I was far from last and all of the people were really nice. People came up to me and started talking to me about running and congratulated me on my first race, and by default, my new PR. Good times.

      I hope to run some more of their runs next year. I don’t think there are any other ones in 2010 that I can make. I’m probably going to be running “Run Wild for a Child” and maybe another race if I can find one appropriate.

      Hope to see you out there sometime!

  3. maya says:

    That? is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen. =/

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