The price increase that put an entry in the ING New York City Marathon at $255 has created fears among runners and organizers that the sport will price itself out of its of success.
A story from Bloomberg details the backlash against the price hike, and the sentiment that marathons are now becoming elitist.
“I'm concerned about the sport,” said Rick Nealis, race director of the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. “When are we going to price ourselves to the point where people stop coming?”
Not yet, it seems.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon sold out its 45,000 entries in six days, at $150 per entry.
Demand for the New York Marathon, even at the $255 price, has been strong, according to the Bloomberg piece.
And running is in a boom, with participation in the half-marathon growing by double-digit percentages and more than a half million people now finishing a 26.2-mile race each year.
In the Bloomberg piece, Nealis touts the Marine Corps Marathon as the only one in the country with a fee below $100.
The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon has an entry fee of $75.