An indoor marathon.
That costs $125.00.
I am stunned. Absolutely stunned.
Its no secret that prices for not only marathons and half marathons have gone up exponentially (even since I started running in 2005), but also for 5K's, 10K's etc.
The thing about this is, when pushed for an answer on why? why? why?, the number one reason they give out for an increase or for the price in general is that they have to pay for road closures and cops for said road closures.
OK, thats great I guess. Maybe they get a raise every year or something. OR the cost of shutting down the roads goes up. I don't know...(insert sarcasm here). But when you increase the number of runners, you really shouldnt have to increase the price by $10-$20 per runner....
Anyway, thats a whole other topic...
The thing is with this particular marathon???
According the site:
The Houston Reliant Stadium course is a 1.2 mile spiral loop contained within the massive facility.
- The marathon and half-marathon begin on the playing field.
- Runners exit the playing field and travel immediately up 3 ramps to the Spectator Field Level loop – a 35 ft. wide pedestrian thoroughfare that circles the interior perimeter of the stadium.
- After completing the Spectator Field Level loop, it's time to climb again – 8 more ramps to the Upper Concourse section – another expansive pedestrian thoroughfare. The Upper Concourse loop also provides runners a panoramic view of the Medical Center and Downtown Houston skyline as they pass through the North Terrace zone.
- At this point, runners have completed the Spectator Field Level loop, climbed a total of 11 ramps (with a total elevation gain of 165 ft.), and traveled around the Upper Concourse loop. It's now time for runners to return to the playing field.
- After completing the Upper Concourse loop, runners descend on the northwest ramps all the way back to the playing field.
- Runners will travel the entire 1.2 mile loop in ONE DIRECTION – making it easy for faster runners to pass and ensuring an overall smooth flow of participants.
- Marathon – 22 laps
- Half-marathon – 11 laps
NO ROAD CLOSURES NEEDED!!!
And why is this a 2 day event? With 4 different start times for half marathoners? Registration is closed as of October 15th, but I am wondering if this will be extended due to LACK OF PARTICIPATION! Do you really think you are going to have that many half marathoners that you need 4 start times over 2 days? They say each start is limited to 750 participants...I dont understand any of this...or why anyone would want to do it to begin with! Sure its climate controlled, and a zero percent chance of rain or humidity...but I just dont get it...I just dont.
Anyway back to my original point....why is the cost so damn high when there are NO road closures, NO cops to direct traffic and/or runners, and certainly no rental fees for any equipment etc.?????? According to the website, you get a finishers shirt and a medal. Nothing out of the ordinary there...
I will tell you why....money. maker.
Maybe...the jury is still out on this one. I will be watching this one closely!
What are your thoughts on this? Would you ever run an indoor half or full marathon? For that kind of money?