A couple of months ago I commented on the cost of races in Austin going up and basically that I agreed with John Conley’s sentiment to some extent over Paul Carozza’s in an Austin Runner article. Today I saw Wish’s posting about a race that went from an out and back to a closed loop and another 5k that is cancelled because the cost is in the $8,000 to $12,000 range which makes it pretty much impossible to put on a race.
With this and the “let’s charge” groups for using the parks, which I’m sure will be fairly applied to all groups … yeah right, it’s going to be an interesting year for runners. It seems like races are only going to be large, and put on those with some financial backing so the small races every now and then we could take part in might become a thing of the past in Austin.
With anything else that is “political” it generally is the people that are most vocal that get their way. Up to now I think runners have been pretty satisfied with what the city has done. As more of these changes in policy are coming to light it might be time to actually start paying attention to what’s going on and sharing our thoughts with our elected officials. For all the wanting to be the fittest city in the country you’d think we’d want to figure out a way to support the people that are trying to set a good example with their lifestyles?