Race-cations are awesome and sound fun, don’t get me wrong, but at this point in my life, it’s not something I can regularly splurge on with young kids. They’re expensive.
I’d be like, “Get a scholarship. Mama spent your college fund on race entries.”
In the past, I haven’t any far destination races because it was hard to be away for long and travel alone. The expenses can get out of hand very quickly, and I feel guilty spending all that money on racing. My one destination race earlier this year was Houston where I paid for a hotel and food, etc. but I got a ride with friends so I didn’t have to ride by myself.
This fall, I am doing some local races and some destination races this year like the half marathon in October in Marathon, TX (which is 8 hours away by car) and, of course, NYC Marathon in November.
I vowed to keep better track of all the expenses this year and…
For NYC, the breakdown is looking like this:
- Race registration was $255 plus the $11 lottery fee
- Transportation and parking at airport, airfare, and transportation around the city
- Food during stay
- Fuel for race and other race necessities
- Spending money at expo (the deals are just too good to pass up sometimes)
Luckily, I’m staying with one of my sisters so I don’t have to spend money on a hotel or Air BnB. Still.
Even when I have kept things very inexpensive and got good deals, I end up spending quite a bit of coin. To me it’s worth it to do a little splurge here and there, and hopefully someday my piggy bank will be plumper to pay for some really cool destination races in the future. 🙂
How do you budget for destination race expenses?