The other day, I mailed in my registration form for the See Jane Run women’s half marathon in Alameda, CA. It was one of my favorite races this year, so yes, I registered for 2013. (Counting fingers; October, November….. May, June) Yup, that’s eight months in advance.
Not the first time I do this, either. Last year, at the Rock’n’Roll half marathon San Jose expo, I registered for this year’s race. This year, I registered for 2013.
The only reason I’m putting things on my race calendar that early is money. The savings these races offer if you register in advance are hard to ignore, and the earlier you register, the more you save.
Consider this: if you register for the See Jane Run Half Marathon before October 31, you’ll pay just $59. After that, the price slowly creeps up to $75, $85, $95 and, finally, $105 on race day.
Registration for SJRnR was $65 at the expo… $150 on race day a year later!
Can you tell how excited I was about saving money (to spend them, instead, on new running shoes)?
Clearly, waiting until race day to register is like flushing your cash down the drain. (Unless, of course, you are flush with cash… in which case, what are you doing right, and what am I doing wrong??) Read more