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2014-04-29 5:03 PM

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Subject: Racing Budget and Cost of Entry Fees

I did a few sprint tri's last year and planned to do a few this year.  I finally decided on one that fit into my schedule and nearly had a heart attack that it is$100 - for a sprint tri. It is USAT sanctioned, but I raced in a couple USAT races last year that didn't cost that much.  Maybe I picked cheap tri's last year, maybe the prices jumped through the roof this year.  How much does a sprint triathlon in your neck of the woods cost a gal these days?

In the mean time, I'll just keep searching for cheaper races.



2014-04-29 5:19 PM
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$85 is average for me. Maybe I should look harder to find cheaper races? I do volunteer a lot with a local race organizer which earns me money toward future races.
2014-04-29 5:29 PM
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Usually between $70 (early entry) and $100.

Keep in mind that most of the race costs are not directly proportional to race distance.  

2014-04-29 5:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Racing Budget and Cost of Entry Fees
The earlier you can register, the better deal you can find. I can usually find sprint distances for $60 or so if I register months in advance. Some races will also give you a discounted entry if you volunteer for them at another race (I'm getting a $100 entry to a half distance this fall by volunteering this spring). Olympic distance races are a bit harder to find a bargain. There are one or two in Colorado that have a very inexpensive registration fee, + a small fundraising obligation that's given to the charity of your choice which is a great idea.
2014-04-30 8:29 AM
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Subject: RE: Racing Budget and Cost of Entry Fees

local sprints are around $65 - $85 depending how early i register.  i'm in a slightly higher than average cost of living area but there are several organizations that put on races so i think they are forced to be price competetive because of that.

2014-04-30 8:39 AM
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$60 if I register early, $70-80 if I wait until a month or 2 out. I tend to pick small races though.


2014-04-30 9:07 AM
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Subject: RE: Racing Budget and Cost of Entry Fees

Depends on when you sign up.  Typically $85 or so early, around 100 - 120 right now and then a little higher as the date approaches.

That being said I do a super sprint every year that's a small local race and not too well run.  I've done it for the last 4 years and the participant #'s keep going down.  This year I signed up last Nov for $35 after a 50% off email.   I have no idea if I'll even be able to do it but for that price I felt I had to sign up. 

2014-04-30 9:27 AM
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Subject: RE: Racing Budget and Cost of Entry Fees

I just did early entry for a couple of local sprint races last night:  $65 for one and $70 for the other. 

I did early entry for the Rev3 FL Oly in November a month or so ago and paid $105, including a club discount. 

I plan my races out a year out in advance and try to take advantage of early entry fees when I can.  I also get a lot of discounts through our local track and tri clubs. 

I'm fortunate to live in an area with a lot of local races, so I usually don't have any overnight travel expenses.  This year I'm planning on doing five triathlons (4 sprints and one Oly), and another seven or eight  running races. 

Mark

 

2014-04-30 10:19 AM
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The races I do in this area are affordable. My season this year consists of a sprint at $30, two oly's at $90 and $35 (not a typo). I'm on the fence on a HIM at $175 in September--that would be the only race that would require travel expense.

2014-04-30 10:26 AM
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Some sprints around here can be that much. A few are more, but I tend to do ones more in the $60-75 range. Someone with a sharp eye can find an occasional $50 or so. Olympics tend to start around $100.



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2014-04-30 10:36 AM
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Heading out tomorrow for a sprint race in Va......75.00 for each kid.....and 800 miles away.  Entry fees are cheap.



2014-04-30 11:08 AM
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local sprints around here are around $60 if you register early. Olympics more like 80
2014-04-30 1:49 PM
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I'm making my triathlon comeback after being away from the sport since 2007.  I got sticker shock when I saw how much entry fees had gone up over the years.  A sprint race that I did for many years went from $50 to up over $100. 

The two races I have on my schedule this year I'm doing through Team in Training so I don't have to worry about entry fees.  I just need to fund raise.  The other race I'm considering doing on my own will cost $175.  It's local so I wouldn't have the travel costs that I would incur if I do an out of town race.  But still is a lot of $$$.

2014-04-30 4:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Racing Budget and Cost of Entry Fees
I am lucky to live in a place with lots of races organized by different companies, which keep prices competitive:
- Sprint: anywhere between $85 to $110
- Oly: $85 (couple of races) to $180, but most of them are between $110 and $150
- HIMs: $170 to $270

I thought entry fees were pricey, but reasonable comparing them to races in other cities/states. However, I am going to Spain this summer to visit my family (I am originally from there) and there is one Sprint and one Olympic race while there... $30 for the Sprin, $45 for the Olympic... And both are good races (some top pros from Spain participate in the Olympic).
2014-04-30 9:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Racing Budget and Cost of Entry Fees
Whooosh. I don't think I've paid more than $40 for a Sprint or $60 for an Olympic in recent memory. Then again I guess I'm going for the very cheap super-local events.
I did more expensive races when I started doing tris, but I guess I pretty much know how I'll do and I can be slowish in a small race or slowish in a big race, so why not in a small race where I might get an AG award by default? I tell myself if I every get inspired to lose weight and train seriously it would be worth it to do one of the $100+ sprints or Olympics.
2014-05-01 8:57 PM
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It's funny because I'm doing an Olympic for $50 and a Sprint for $110 this year.


2014-05-02 8:09 AM
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Even the best events local to me are $66 for early entry and $76 at other times.
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