I ran a marathon — and was surprised by these 9 unexpected costs

Business Insider Sports 1 month ago
  • 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.

New sneakers cost more than I unexpected.

Additional running gear, including quality shirts and running socks, added up.

Food and drinks quickly added up, too.

In addition to the race entry fee, I had to find a way to get there.

A small investment was an armband to hold my phone while listening to music.

And another small, but still unexpected, cost was first-aid supplies.

Then were some non-monetary costs. During training, for example, I lost free time on the weekends.

And training for the marathon also impacted my other athletic activities.

Lastly, running a marathon might put you out of commission for a time. I had to deal with the costs of missing class and work the weekend of the race.

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