I was in the van the first time Steve crewed the Hood to Coast race and caught
his vision. While it was a good time, for all I certainly didn't see what
Steve saw. Good on you Steve.
I applaud the Ragnar series for getting many people out exercising who otherwise
wouldn't, but I can't get past the extortion they charge you for a
race fee. $100+ per person for a completely unsupported run that amounts to
roughly three 10k's? C'mon...I know for a fact that logistics
don't cost anywhere near that amount, especially since there are no aid
stations, no food, no water...nothing. Not even a cool prize at the end. And
most of the manpower consists of unpaid volunteers. I'd peg the actual
worth of the event at around $60 per person, or $720 per team, yet they charge
around double that these days. That's quite a profit margin.I
love a free market, and I guess I can't blame Ragnar for charging what
people will pay, but I also think the Ragnar model is incompatible with what
distance running is all about, and it's events like these which are
destroying the grassroots nature of the sport.Hope everyone had fun,
though. I also hope they find out that there's a lot more to running than
huge parties that are only accessible to those with money.
@Aggie238 It sure seems like you are unhappy with the fees for the race. It is
hard to understand the costs which a company must absorb for whatever it does.
I started up several small companies, and we occasionally heard complaints from
customers when one of our products had a price tag they could not afford. You
really can't appreciate all the dozens and hundreds of things that must be
paid for; every staple, paper clip, piece of paper, and piece of tape must be
paid for up front, often at high cost. Our expenses at home are often spread
out over long periods of time so we don't often see how high our living
expenses can be, but businesses must pay everything up front, often before they
have income from sales.Perhaps you and/or others who agree with you
ought to start another event which would allow people in your position the
opportunity to run at a price they can afford. The guys in this story
didn't think they could do it until they did; you've got as much of a
chance to succeed as they did! Good Luck!