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25 Tricks for Saving Money on Your Running in 2017

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Know the registration schedule

Registering for a race promptly can save upwards of $50. For instance, registration for the Eugene Marathon (above) in May 2017 cost $90 for runners who signed up before October 5, 2016. The price has risen in $10 increments every two months. Those who wait until the expo to sign up will pay $140. 

One caveat: If you missed early signup price breaks and you’re already in the highest-price tier, see if you can register on race morning or the day before at the expo. By signing up on site, you’ll save a few dollars on an online registration fee, or if poor weather is predicted, you can still bag it.

Follow the race on social media. Sometimes an event will put on Facebook or Twitter a single-day code for discounted registration if the price has already risen beyond the early-bird rates.

Read the fine print. Find out whether sick or injured runners are allowed to transfer a bib to another runner for a small fee—as marathons like Pittsburgh and Little Rock allow. (The Pittsburgh Marathon also helps runners by disclosing its online registration fee—$8.68—before entrants begin the process of signing up.) If your training hasn’t gone well, it is worth knowing whether you can defer until the following year or make a switch at the expo to a shorter distance—like a half marathon or 10K—that’s held on the same weekend.

25 Tricks for Saving Money on Your Running in 2017

Amherst 10 Miler

2/11 Ben Kimball

Choose cheaper events

Many cities and towns offer free 5Ks, especially in the summer months. In Providence, Rhode Island, for instance, local running store Rhode Runner sponsors a free 5K series with a suggested donation to charity. Parkruns—free, weekly, timed runs in 14 countries—are more popular internationally than they are in the U.S., but they’re gaining traction stateside, too. 

The Amherst 10 Miler (above) on February 26 in Amherst, Massachusetts, is offering throwback pricing of $35 this year (or $3.50 per mile), which includes decent perks: a hat, cotton shirt, prizes, and a postrace meal. The race has been around since 1975. Or look for a race like the St. Pat’s Day 5K in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which doesn’t assume you want the race shirt ($8) or commemorative glass ($5) with your entry. Runners who do want them pay a la carte. 

The no-frills 44th annual Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club Winter Marathon on February 12 in Albany, New York, is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers before February 4; $30 for all on race day. You’ll need to pay for a stamp, too, as registration is old-school. For members, that works out to about 76 cents per mile on the USATF-certified course.

Events that have been staged successfully year after year are less likely to run into permitting problems that plague newer ones. Considering a rookie race? Tread carefully with your money and research the reputations of companies involved in hosting and timing. Team Ortho in the midwest and the Half Full race series in eastern cities have drawn numerous complaints for disorganization, last-minute changes to events, and refunds that are slow in coming.

25 Tricks for Saving Money on Your Running in 2017

no race runners

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Train more, race less, travel smart

The simplest way to save money on races is not to sign up for them in the first place. You don’t have to race every weekend or month. Kaitlin Gregg Goodman, an elite runner and coach, advises her clients to do two marathons per year, max. Trying to PR in a 5K? Pick four efforts each year to go to the well. “Put in the training miles to earn your spot on the starting line,” she says. 

Goodman has a few races she likes to travel to each year, like the Gate River Run 15K in Jacksonville, Florida. Many elites get their travel expenses covered, but when they’re not, Goodman tries to book flights at least two months in advance, sharing hotel rooms and Ubers with other similarly budget-conscious competitors. She also packs food so she doesn’t have to purchase pricey airport meals.

25 Tricks for Saving Money on Your Running in 2017

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