Since I've started an unofficial goal for myself to run races in as many states/locations as possible, I did look up running events in Las Vegas the weekend we'll be there. Lo and behold, the Las Vegas Track Club is hosting a Fund the Fund 10K race that Saturday.
Unfortunately, I'm torn on whether or not to run this race.
Here are the plusses:
It's very affordable
Registration is only $25, which by Chicago standards is a steal!!! (Although, there was no mention on the race website of the event being chip-timed. If it isn't, maybe that's why it's so affordable?)
The swag is nice
You receive a $25 gift voucher towards a running shoe purchase at Red Rock Running Company, which is one of their local running stores. You also get a technical shirt.
100% of the registration fees go towards the Las Vegas Track Club's scholarship fund. I've never seen any race where 100% of the proceeds go towards a charitable cause.
Here are the catches:
Transportation is a big problem
Adam and I are staying on the Strip. However, the race takes place at the Kellogg-Zaher Sports Complex in northwest Las Vegas. It's about 15 miles away. I looked up estimated taxi fairs and they come out to about about $80 roundtrip, which is a lot.
It seems a little silly to rent a car just to drive to/from a race... but just for giggles I looked it up and it would also cost about $80. Either way, it seems like a excessive amount to pay just to transport myself to/from the race.
I went ahead and emailed the event organizer to ask if they had any transportation advice, or if there were any carpools that I could potentially join. We'll see what they come back with. I am not optimistic, though.
That $25 gift voucher won't be very useful to me
The Red Rock Running Company is very much a store that is local to the Las Vegas metro area. Their Las Vegas location is also quite a ways from where we are staying - and it's also several miles from the race location. So while the gift voucher is very nice, it would be difficult for me to use it (not to mention that I have way too many pairs of running shoes as it is).
Although, I guess I could just give the voucher away to some random local runner. Who knows, he/she might then be so happy that they'll shout:
I mean, it is Las Vegas, after all, right???
(OK, maybe I overestimate the potential goodwill garnered by the spirit of giving.)
One more catch, which is not specific to this race, is...
Having to get up uber-early on a Saturday morning when I would rather be sleeping
The desire to sleep in gets magnified on vacation! And even when we're not on vacation I feel bad enough dragging Adam up at ungodly hours for my races. It would be cruel and unusual to make him do so while celebrating his birthday in Las Vegas. Although, I guess I could certainly go run the race by myself and let him sleep in.
Admittedly, at this point I am leaning towards forgoing the race. It seems like more cost than it is worth. But at the same time, how often do you get the opportunity to cross Nevada off of your states-raced list?
What to do? What to do?