August 15, 2014
Happy Friday! This week has been light on RJR, but will be back to its normal posting schedule next week 🙂 Today I am linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia. Many of my co-workers ask how I am able to sign up for so many races, so today I am sharing 5 ways how I save on race registrations. Hope these tips are helpful!
1. Planning / Early Registration
Like many of you, I have a running bucket list of races! Right around the Spring season I begin mentally checking off races I am almost 100% sure I want to do (there are a couple). Here is my little tip, I set alerts for registration fees increase – I make sure to sign up before then. See Shamrock Dolphin Challenge below – a difference of $80 compared to race weekend prices. Even a savings of $20 can be a registration fee to another race.
If you are traveling out of town, you can start planning your hotels/flights etc earlier – lock in on the lower prices.
2. Register Throughout the Year
Some registration fees stay the same all year round, so I usually sign up for them at a later date so my wallet is not hit up at once (especially if you know there is not a chance it will sell out).
3. Missed the Lower Fees? Wait for the Discounts
The RnR series is usually good about emailing discount specials/sales – although this can lead to impulse buys…I know some of you understand this dilemma! Follow a race on twitter or FB and sometimes they will tweet/announce special codes! Also, there are so many blogger friends who are race ambassadors (hello Zooma friends) and they share discount codes. Combine that with early registration fees = more savings!
4. Balance the Big vs. Small Races
RnR, Disney, Destination Races, while fun events, they are on the “pricier end.” I also sign up for smaller races put on by a local running club or store (ex. DCRR, MCRR, Pacers, PRR). During the holidays Potomac River Running sold a 4 race pack for $100 = $25/race (this is worth it if you know you want to at least race 3 times this year).
I am a SINK (single income no kids <-my cousin taught me this acronym), however I do have rent to pay, grad school loans, and have a social life beyond running. Like anyone, I budget and prioritize! Instead of going out every Friday I prefer to save that money (and who am I kidding… I rather be in bed by 10:00 on Friday nights). How about traveling? Stay with friends or family in the area! That is how I am able to do the B.A.A Distance Medley.
Do you register for races throughout the year? Or signup all at once?
Do you have any saving tips?