As I’m sure everyone knows yesterday was the lottery drawing for the New York City Marathon.
Not surprisingly, I didn’t get in.
This is my 3rd year applying and not getting in, so next year I’ll have a guaranteed entry.
The only problem is just about all of my running friends are running THIS year and I’d really rather do when people I know are doing it!
So, to be ready for this situation, earlier in the week I had already starting researching the NYCM partner charities and found an organization I’d be interested in fundraising for. I e-mailed the contact a few times and told them as soon as I heard back from the lottery I’d confirm with her so that I didn’t commit to them and then accidentally end up with 2 bibs.
However, while I was waiting for my lottery e-mail yesterday I was looking through the charity team information and realized it was worded that in exchange for your fundraising you would receive “guaranteed entry” to the marathon, not specifically “entry” into the marathon, which made me wonder if I actually needed to still PAY for the race registration on top of fundraising…
I e-mailed the charity and sure enough, not only do you have to raise a minimum of $2,500 (or more depending on the charity), but you DO also have to pay the full NYRR race registration fee of $255.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. Fundraising is hard work, and I think the bib should be included for your efforts, not just the opportunity to BUY a bib.
I understand that by doing it this way more money is going directly to the charity, but even if they had to raise the fundraising minimum, I think the bib should be factored in as a cost associated with the program, same as the t-shirt & bag they send you, or any cost associated with any fundraising event. (Which by the way, IS the way that some of the NYCM charities do it, their fundraising minimums are much higher though.)
I’m not writing this post to complain, but rather to see what you think. I’m still torn on whether I want to fundraise and pay the $255 NYRR registration fee on top of it to do the marathon this year with friends, or if I should just wait until 2015 when I’ll have the 4 year guaranteed entry.
What do you think…
Are you ok with having to raise $2,500 AND pay the $255 registration fee?
Or do you think a race entry should be included for your fundraising efforts?
**UPDATE: I just double checked and apparently I’m NOT guaranteed entry next year…2014 was the last year for that. Very frustrating!**