So many races, so little money

It’s a big week for Washington-area runners. This weekend is the Cherry Blossom 10-miler, a legendary area race which I sadly missed out on signing up for by getting online two hours after registration opened earlier this year.That disappointment came the same week I tried and failed to get Bruce Springsteen tickets. You can’t always get what you want, eh?

This week also marks the start of registration for two other biggies, the Marine Corps Marathon and the Army 10-miler in October. I’m safely signed up for the marathon already, thanks to a special coupon from the National Half. Open registration for the race starts tomorrow. Same for the Army 10-mile.

I’ve heard lots of great things about the Army 10-miler. But it’s $50 to register. This wouldn’t be a problem if I hadn’t just plunked down $88 for the Marine Corps Marathon … and $30 for the Broad Street 10-miler … not to mention the fee for the GW Parkway 10-miler on April 26 …

If water bottles, T-shirts and finisher’s medals were paychecks, I’d be a rich woman. In the meantime, I’ve got to choose my races carefully.

I’ll let you know what I decide about the Army 10-miler. In the meantime, I’m getting excited for this cheap and low-key 5K series in Arlington sponsored by Pacers. The best part: Runners get dinner from Noodles & Co. in exchange for their $15 signup fee.

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