Since becoming a serious runner, I’ve always thought about what it would be like to compete in the New York City Marathon. Originally from upstate NY, it would mean running in my birth state. It would mean a celebration, running the five boroughs of NYC would be just incredible.
Running the NYCM means a lot more, however. Mostly I am talking about the costs associated with running there. For the average person running NY, that means traveling there, staying there, and the race itself. Is it a dream of mine? Sure it is. Big races are a big attraction to most serious runners. To be a part of such an iconic race would be just a dream come true. But, what about the costs involved? My wallet would take a serious punch if I got in, can I afford it?
Let’s look at some of the reasonable and average costs associated with running this event.
Entry fee: $255
Ok, so just to get there, stay there and run it would be a minimum cost of $1,115. A hefty price tag, for sure.
There are extras though….the schwag at the expo, taxis, how about food? Ok, so I am really just guessing here, but I am thinking the “extras” could cost about $500.
So, for me, it would cost over $1,600 to run the New York City Marathon. Unfortunately I cannot afford to run this race, but can still dream about it, can’t I?
I would be interested to hear if anyone has run NYCM, and how much it cost you. It may help me to make decisions in the future. Thanks in advance.
Maybe one day I will see the finish line in New York.