Incredibly expensive! (about: 2002)|
Karsten Brown from Front Royal, VA (8/16/02)
I have no doubt that the first annual Grand Canyon International Marathon will be gorgeous. But rarely have I seen a race so intent on squeezing bucks out of the participants. The early entry fee is a whopping $85, and the late fee is an astounding $100.
But that's not all you'll be paying-- no sir! The race's Web site notes that your 'entry fee does not include... transportation to and from the race site or parking fees at the shuttle bus location.' They're not letting any cars drive to the race site, so you'll have to park 35 miles away and take a bus in-- and they'll be charging you extra money for both parking and the bus ride.
Wanna bring a friend to cheer you on? Well, only 1,000 spectators will be permitted to show up, and each spectator must preregister with the race AND pay an 'admittance fee' as well. And I have to assume that the admittance fee does not cover the bus ride to the start.
This ranks right up there among the most outrageous gougings of the running community I have ever seen.