The Cost Of Running…Outside The Country
- In my recollection, it was only Albert Salazar aka Run2DMoon who posted in his blog the expenses and cost that he has to spend in his training and sometimes, his expenses in participating to road races, to include his past BDM 102 editions. In summary, it showed that training and joining to road races entail a lot of money from one’s pocket. However, I have yet to read his story on his running costs if ever he had joined a race outside the country. This gives me to go to my next topic.
- How much does a runner spend for her/him to participate in a Marathon Race in the West/USA or in any of the countries in ASIA? I made my research to those runner-bloggers and other finishers in Marathon Races in the US & other countries on their account and stories about their experience but you could NOT see or read anything that states on their financial/costs they have incurred in joining these races outside the country. I am also guilty with this but it is also nice to know how much would it cost for a runner to join these races outside the country for reference purposes. Who knows I might be teaching or providing important information to those who are planning to join these road/trail races. Well, if you are rich and have a lot of money to spare, then this is not problem to you!
- Of course, expenses start with your training and preparation for the race. Second step is to apply a Visitor’s VISA to the embassy/consulate where you are going. Third step is to register ON LINE on the Marathon Race’s Website. Once you receive your confirmation letter to join the said race, it’s time to arrange for your travel and accommodation. This is a tricky part because you have to find out the “low-season” and “high-season” periods so that you can save a lot in the purchase of your flight ticket. If you don’t have any relatives and friends in the US/City where the Marathon will be held, you have to arrange for your hotel accommodation. In order to save some money for your car rental, you can avail of the suggested hotels by the Race Organizers which are near to the Start/Finish Area. Now, the next part will be to budget or come up with your expenses/cost for your daily needs—food, water, Sports Drinks, and others! Lastly, if you intend to “shop” at the Race Expo for running-related items, that is another added cost to your budget.
- Let us now make a concrete presentation of numbers or estimate of expenses on your plan. Assuming that you don’t have the intention of buying a “special” apparel for this event, then we’ll be saving on your fashion statement. Below is my estimate if you plan to join a marathon race in the western part of the USA.
a. Training Expenses (For 4 Months)——————————P 10,000
b. VISA Application (USA) ——————————————- 5,000
c. Round Trip Ticket (Economy) + Travel Tax + Airport Fees– 60,000
d. Registration Fees ($250-$300)———————————– 12,000
e. Hotel Accommodation (@ $100 a day X 3 days)———— 13,500
f. Food/Snacks/Drinks (@ $50 a day X 5 days)——————- 12,000
g. Misc Expenses——————————————————— 15,000
T O T A L———————————————————–P 127,500
I guess, if you run a marathon race in the eastern part of the USA, you have to add 1/3 of the total amount. This is not the exact expenses or cost for an “experience in running” but I think it is the most conservative amount you need if you plan to run a marathon race in the USA. (Note: I am sorry for the inaccurate conversion from the appropriate currency to our Peso. The total amount could be lesser/more than what is presented.)
That’s a lot of money! You must be rich or a thrifty guy like the Ilocanos or the Boholanos who can save this kind of money for an experience of participating in a marathon race outside the country.
Now, if you read this post and you have experienced joining a marathon race outside the country, you can inform us also about the costs you incurred to participate in such event. If you are living in the US and/or coming from other countries, you can also leave your comment on how much you spent in joining a road race in the Philippines.
(Note: This post is also directed to all the triathletes who have joined or intending to join future Ironman 70.3 events in other countries and/or the Kona Ironman in Hawaii, USA)