Scope Out Local Races1 of 5
It's no surprise that the farther you travel for races, the more expensive things get. Airfare, hotels and restaurant meals can add up quick. To keep costs down, look for races that don't require overnight stays or high transportation costs. Keep in mind that many local running groups often put on no-frills races; sometimes free of charge or for as little as $5 per race.
You can also piggyback on an existing trip by searching for races where you plan to stay. Search ACTIVE.com for races by city—locally or away.
Plan Your Race Calendar in Advance2 of 5
The longer you wait to register for a race, the more you'll end up paying. Races will often offer special early bird pricing for those who register well in advance. Plan ahead and pony up the cash before race fees rise.
Investigate Health Insurance/Employee Perks3 of 5
Many insurance companies will pay a portion of gym memberships or sometimes even race fees. A quick inquiry to your insurance representative could leave you with money in your pocket.
Save on Running Shoes4 of 5
If you know what shoe works, consider buying it online rather than in a store. The running shoe review website RunRepeat.com recently conducted a study analyzing the cost of running shoes and found that on average, consumers save 38.14 percent ($46.19) by purchasing their shoes online. Want to save even more dough? Pocket another 19.36 percent ($14.50) by buying last year's model.
Other things to keep in mind: Heavier shoes and more arch support often cost more. If you need these features, don't skimp, but if you can get away with a lightweight shoe, it might save you some cash.