Monday, February 23, 2009

Marathon Entry Fees- Can You Still Afford This Sport?

Members of the New York Road Runners will pay $13 more than they did last year, with the fee increasing to $138. Nonmembers will pay $171, an extra $16, and those from other countries entering the international lottery will pay $21 more, $231.

Besides the marathon entry fee, the Road Runners charges an application processing fee of $11 (unchanged from last year). That fee is nonrefundable, which has led to frustration in the running world over paying for the right to be rejected. nytimes

In fairness to New York, Mary Wittenberg president and chief executive of New York Road Runners, estimates their cost at "easily more than $250 per runner."

“We’re a not-for-profit, we can’t afford to lose money and we’re trying to break even,"

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