**Soapbox out (because it's MY blog!!!)**
There is a local 5K tomorrow put on by a big-name company that benefits a local, charitable organization. The race includes a goody bag will the usual non-useful stuff and a t-shirt. There is also a party after the race that includes a band, food (not just bagels and bananas), and alcoholic beverages. The cost for employees is $25 and they can bring one guest for $35. The cost for the rest....$125. Yes you read that right. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE EFFING DOLLARS FOR A 5K!!!!!! They're not serving caviar and Dom Perignon. It's hot dogs and keg beer!
Rumor has it, they don't want people from outside the company to actually participate but yet tout this as a fundraiser and that's why the price is what it is. I don't know, call me crazy, but
ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?!?!
What runner in their right mind would pay $125 for a 5K? And wouldn't you think you'd get even more runners and therefore, more dollars for the charity, if the price was more reasonable?
I was having a discussion, that turned heated, with my coworker regarding this race and the price. She said lots of people from outside the company do the race (I'd beg to debate that). She said that people would pay that much because it was for charity. I said no real runner would pay that much for a 5K no matter what the money was going to. The debate turned into an argument and it's been silent ever since (thank god, she drives me insane!!).
So, help me out blogsphere? Am I the one who totally off-base? Have I become one of those elitist runners (which, I'm totally okay with by the way)? What is the maximum you'd ever pay for a 5K and why?