Today, I was reading about the NYC Marathon growing from 37,000 to 47,000 and price is more than doubled. The same thing happened with the Boston Marathon. Is this do to the running craze or greed for long distance races? 2 weeks ago, a group of us ran the Smuttynose Rockfest half marathon and one did the marathon. The last time I did this race, it was only a 1000 runners and only a half marathon. Now, it had 5000 runners for both half and full marathon, plus the price went up. I could not believe how many runners, it was wall of runners for miles that never really thinned out. I am happy more Americans are exercising but I enjoy smaller races. With the increase of prices rising, many feel to limit the number of races.
I am looking forward to the Ghost Train Trail, which is limit to 100 runners and cost is $20. All proceeds go to benefit the commission for maintenance of the trails. This sounds like a great challenging 15 mile race.
Support your local races to support your local community. You will feel good after the race that you did something good.