A few weeks back runDisney released the prices for the Disneyland Half Marathon registration and they seemed outrageous! My buddy Linzie, seemed to break the internet with his post about the craziness happening with their prices. runDisney has been creeping up the prices for their races $5-$10 once or twice a year to find where the tipping point will be and I believe they may have finally found it.
|Disneyland Half Marathon||$205|
|Dumbo Double Dare||$350|
This time last year you would have seen the dust settle on registration day and all events sold out within an hour. Now 2 weeks after registration was opened there are still spots available for the Disneyland Half Marathon and the Dumbo Double Dare (10k & Half marathon), the 10k itself is sold out. That’s not mentioning that there are still available spots to register for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in May.
I ran my first runDisney event at the 20th Anniversary Marathon Weekend in 2013 and have frequented rD events since then and enjoy them. I will continue to take part in runDisney weekends. However, there are better ways to spend your money than by giving in to paying $80 to run a 5k. runDisney is a for-profit organization operating in a largely assumed to be non-profit activity. Runners expect so much charity work to be done through their registration fees and such that we don’t mind when a race is a little pricey. But at this point, where you’re being charged $18+/mile it’s worth putting your money elsewhere.
runDisney may be largely “for-profit”, but they partner with plenty of quality charities that are not. You can take advantage of the opportunity to real good in the world and put those same dollars back into the community in a positive way. Take a look at a few of the charities offering bibs for Disneyland Half weekend and their fundraising minimum requirements. Instead of giving $350 to runDisney, use it to jumpstart your fundraising and do good stuff in the world. Some of these require registration costs to be paid at time of sign up and others do not.
|Dumbo Double Dare||Disneyland Half||Disneyland 10k||Disneyland 5k|
|St. Jude Heroes||$2,000||$1,500||$1,200|
|Alex's Lemonade Stand||$1,550||$975||$700||$500|
|American Foundation for Suicide Prevention||$1,000||$850||$650|
|A-T Children's Project||$950||$805||$720||$680|
|Back on My Feet||$1,200||$800||$650|
|Dragon Master Foundation||$800||$650||$550|
|Homes for Our Troops||$940||$795||$715||$675|
|Lazarex Cancer Foundation||$1,740||$1,150||$900|
|Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF)||$2,250||$500|
|Move for Hunger||$1,000||$750||$500|
|My Brighter Tomorrow||$850||$700||$675||$350|
|Run for Our Sons||$1,200||$1,000||$750||$500|
|Talk About Curing Autism||$800||$650||$450|
|Team Muscle Makers for UCMD||$840||$740||$540||$415|