Race season is in full swing here in Michigan which is awesome but it can also be expensive. I personally try to only run one race a month to keep my bank account and my fitness life in balance but there are also some other tactics that I use to save money on my race registrations.
If you have ever registered for a race then you know that the sooner your register the better. Typically the price goes up and up and up as it gets closer to race day.
I am a bit OCD and I actually keep a running list of races that I want to run next year along with the registration open date and info on the tiered pricing. It helps me get the best deal on the races that I choose to run.
Watch For Deals
A lot of races will offer deals from time to time or promo codes that you can use to save a few bucks on the race registration fees. The best way to stay in the know about any specials is to follow the race on social media and to sign up for their email newsletter.
Sign Up As A Group
Some races offer discounts if you sign up as a group so if you know some other people who want to run the same race as you this could be a great way to save money on your race registration. If you belong to a running club, races often offer those clubs discounts as well.
Race Small & Local
I have found that the small local races tend to give me the best race for my buck. And some of my most favorite races are local and small ones. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely some appeal to those bigger races but keep in mind big races often come with a big race registration fee so you have to determine if it is worth it to you.
Look For Free Races / Runs
Some running clubs and even running stores host free races or runs. So if you just want the group run experience without all of the swag and fees of a race this might be a great inexpensive (if not 100% free) option. Check out the websites of running clubs and running stores near you to see if that is something that they offer.
A lot of races offer discounted or even a comped race entry in exchange for your time volunteering at packet pick up or at the race. This is typically something you will see at multi-day events or for race organizations that have multiple events throughout the year. It is also a great way to give back to the running community and to experience the other side of races. I highly recommend it!
Do you have any other tips on how to save money on race registrations?
I would love to hear them!