One reason I don't compete or run races is because it is too damn expensive.
I'd rather watch $25-$65 or more burn than spend it running a race.
Heck, I'd rather spend that $65 toward new shoes or gear than to give it to some strangers that only get rich from it.
The only money I will spend on racing is towards a college. I don't mind giving a track or XC program $15/$20 to run unattached. At least its going into something called education.
Besides, I've held "free" runs where a bunch of us (100+) people run. I even have a timing company time it for free. I also mark (with chalk) and cone the course. No municipality will stop us; the roadway is public property and we are not defacing it. They don't like it, but legally there isn't anything they can do to stop us from running.
So after doing this for many years, I've come to realize that folks just like to waste money.
Man, way to be a cheap @ss... so a group gets together, lays out a course, gets it certified, has port o johns, has traffic control, prints posters, has chipped timing, gets people to volunteer to on the course, has a water stop or two on the course, gets food and snacks donated for the finish area..... And you think all that shouldn't cost at least $25???
If a guy like you isn't showing up to a race, good riddance.
Yep. And I'm betting that this guy spends more than that on coffee and lunches out every week.
Besides, doesn't everyone on letsrun make at least $250k a year? Wouldn't think a $30 entry fee would break the bank.