- I ran a marathon a few years ago and was surprised by some of the unexpected costs that come with running an organized race.
- The cost of food and drink along the way can be an expense that adds up over time, as well as new running shoes and accessories.
- Other things like missing work and class to run the marathon itself added to the total amount of money I invested overall.
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A marathon costs more than its registration fee — and depending on what you need to pay for, the unexpected purchases can quickly add up.
I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2015. I chose to run a marathon while I was still in college, which resulted in some additional costs, and overall the experience ended up being more expensive than I thought it'd be.
While I picked a marathon with a relatively low entry fee, additional costs ranged from financial fees like expensive running sneakers to non-monetary ones like losing free time on weekends. Additionally, small purchases — including extra granola bars and boxes of Band-Aids — spread out over six months of training definitely added up.
Keep reading for a look at some unexpected costs I encountered while training for a marathon.