The British 10K costs 50 Pounds to enter. It sells out year after year even though it has a history of atrocious reviews. My last 10K cost me around four Euros to register. The price included my starting number, a few snacks and water as well as energy bars at the aid stations. No finishers medal.
Now I am sure you cannot compare a small Hungarian 10K with just over 100 runners with a British one that has had Nike as a top sponsor before but even then, the Hungarian annual Nike Half Marathon costs 20, maybe 30 euros to register and attracts a few thousand runners each year. In my opinion though I would wish for even better service for those 30 Euros spent. In the past there have been problems with the aid stations and I also dislike that the race is stopped after 2:30 hours – not so good for the slower runners.
Hungary is definitely at the lower range of the price scale but also at the lower range of the quality scale. I myself would hesitate to pay 60 Euros for any race, a 5K or a Marathon. I would pay significantly more for longer races or those that have more prestige but then I would expect a significant increase in services too. How about making it easier to forward your registration to other runners in case of injury? I don’t know about your country but in Hungary it is definitely not an option. That’s why I lost my Half Marathon entry once.
So, do you get what you pay for? In case of my four Euro race definitely yes. It was pretty well organised indeed. Do you think race fees should reflect the race distance? Yes, up to a degree. Of course a Marathon takes a lot more staff, security, refreshments, logistics than a 5K but there is a limit as to what I would be willing to pay.
Under which circumstances would you pay more? For me, I’d expect a superb race organisation, a fair time limit for all participants, more than enough drinks and foods along the way. The volunteers are never the problem because they are great, friendly, smiling, helpful. But a faux pas like not informing runners about a last minute change and cut in the race course is definitely not something I would expect.
What is your opinion on the topic? What are you likely to pay for a race and why? Does it depend on location? Services? Length of the course? Would you pay significantly more for a prestigious race like the New York Marathon or Boston?
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Do you know Beck`s beer? That’s from Bremen. But that is not all! There’s also the Town Musicians of Bremen – a folktale by the Brothers Grimm, they have a beautiful town hall with a famous restaurant. And of course beautiful architecture, Böttcherstreet where you walk from one artist’s shop to the next all the while guided by the smell of homemade candy or the Roland.
My stay in Bremen was only very short. A few minutes because we were just driving through and the weather wasn’t too good as you’ll see in my pictures.
The main square.
The town musicians of Bremen.
Walking in front of the town hall.
The beautiful town hall
We were on our way to Bremerhaven. That is one of the most important havens for Germany and large parts of Europe too. But the city itself I did not like too much. So here’s just some impressions from my stroll around the promenade area.
Walking around the harbor. This is where the nice houses are.
Kind of reminds me of Dubai! Haha!
And one more. I loved the light here. And finally we had a little bit of sun.
Hi everyone! I’m back from my Europe trip, updates will follow soon because I had some troubles updating the blog from afar. But now I am back!
Today I am putting together my first post in collaboration with Run with an Idea that looks to motivate other runners (and non-runners of course!) to take part in bi-weekly debates on workout related topics. The mission is to be thought provoking and that is where you and your opinions come to play!
The first topic of discussion is: The Olympics One Year On: Did We `Inspire a Generation´? To find other opinions on the topic please check out our linkup post for the topic. You can also join the discussions on Twitter using the #RunWithAnIdea hashtag or find us on Facebook.
Almost a year has passed since the last Olympic games took place in London. Personally, I never used to follow sports too much, but every four years I would turn on the TV to watch the Olympics, see star athletes compete and show what they worked so hard for over the past months. Having picked up running a while ago I loved it even more because then the faces I saw got names and I was looking forward to seeing my favorites compete. Still, here in Hungary we did not hear too much about the Games before they actually started. As far as I know we have only few athletes in this country that are known worldwide. There are no Usain Bolts or Robert Hartings here.
One year later, in my circle of friends no one is talking about the Olympics anymore. I am personally already looking forward to the next Summer Games but as of right now I could not say that anyone I know is more into sports or starting to work out more just because he saw these athletes compete. Of course it is huge, but those who are really into one sport seem to be waiting for those sporting events. For example soccer fans seem to be waiting for the world cup or other tournaments. Runners are looking back at Boston or forward to New York Marathon. The Olympics are very special of course and for an athlete it must be one of the greatest achievements. It also must be so hard to have a set back just before the Games causing them to have to cancel their participation.
In my opinion, the spirit of the Olympic Games, especially the Olympic summer games is a special one, it brings together athletes and non-athletes, shows the greatest achievements and the almost around the clock coverage just leads to everyone talking about. But now? One year later? Where I live the excitement has definitely died down. “Is Bolt running again?” I have heard people ask. “Will he beat his time?” or “will there be a new Bolt next time?” There are new talents and they are younger and younger. It seems as though records are held for much longer because how are you really going to swim that much faster, throw that much wider? There is only so much technology can do.
I believe the Olympic spirit will return in 2016 only. In Great Britain that might be different, but you can check out other’s opinions from our bloggers who actually live in that area. Now we would love to hear your opinion. Are the Olympics still inspiring you? By the way, with a comment you could win something too! Click here to find out more!
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Are you photogenic? I am not, but agree with Ana!
Almost 20 years ago I was born in a small town called Northeim in Germany. It’s not really famous for anything but the half timbered houses. On my recent trip I took a couple of pictures to share with you where I am from.
If you ever come to Germany there is one thing you must do. Drum roll! You must have a proper ice cream. Above you can see a delicious creation of vanilla and walnut ice cream with some nut liquor, Ferrero Rocher and home made whipped cream. Delicious! Lots of calories though. Another good choice is Spaghetti ice cream in a strawberry sauce.
Now, to be honest these following pictures are not from Northeim anymore but from Einbeck. It’s more famous (especially for it’s Einbecker beer) and a little more scenic. But it is also right around the corner from where I live there.