I've dedicated plenty of space on this humble blog writing about the New York Road Runners' finances and other policies. At one time or another, I've been irked by their mandatory volunteering, non-refundable application fees at races, highly paid executives at this non-profit organization, and other issues.
Today's topic is high entry fees. Recently a lot of people have complained about the hefty price for the NYC Half, but I've actually defended NYRR – albeit unenthusiastically. After all, the cost for the road closures, extra police, and other logistics for a point to point race that goes through Times Square must be hefty. After all, it's not just another 2+ lap half marathon in Central Park like Grete's or the Manhattan Half. But look what they've done with the More Marathon, which in fact is just another 2+ laps of Central Park. Last year the cost for NYRR members was $20. This year, it's a whopping $60. That's right – a 200% increase in price for a race that they turned into an untimed "fun run" last year due to the weather.
Presumably the race will sell out again, and the pragmatists will point out that just like the NYC Marathon and Half Marathon, NYRR is simply taking advantage of the demand. Still when you consider that the additional revenue will most likely be used to pay elite athlete entry fees and staff salaries rather than benefitting the members of the "club", it seems that most NYRR members would be more than a little miffed by the new pricing. Or maybe they'll use it to pay off Mother Nature so that the weather is better for this year's race.