I went to enter the Carlsbad 5000 yesterday, but unfortunately online registration is closed. I can live with that---I usually register the week of the race or at the expo so I expect to pay a bit more. However, this year registration at the expo is $50. I have always considered Carlsbad the best 5k in the USA (and probably one of the best in the world), but I was outraged by this fleecing of the running community. I really don't think this is what Steve Scott envisioned years ago with the 5000---that it would become a business that gouged runners.
I have run the 5000 for many years, but I am considering not running this year---as runners we have to draw a line in the sand at some point. These running companies just seem to get more greedy every year. I bet many runners will be surprised by the $50 price tag to run the 5k. Also, for out of towners coming in the day before the race, you should make note that the expo is only open from 10-2 so be sure to arrive early or you will have to deal with race morning registration. Let's hope this isn't indicative of how race management plans to run this race in the future.
I am hereby placing the Carlsbad 5000 into the official, unofficial, letsrun Hall of Shame.