This week’s Run Survey takes a look at how much we spend for our beloved hobby, running! Let’s get to it!
Question 1: How much do you spend annually on running shoes?
The answers ranged from $50 – $1,000 (wow!). Average amount: $266.00
Question 2: How many pair of running shoes do you own?
The answers ranged from 1 to 9, with lots of discussion of rotating shoes based on mileage. The average, and the most common response, was 3 pair.
Question 3: How much do you spend annually on running clothes?
Answers ranged from 0 to $600. Some responders commented that they receive lot of items as presents. One commented that they are spending more this year because they are new to running.
The average amount was $211.
Question 4: How much do you spend annually on running gear?
Answers here ranged from $0 to $700. Again, gifts of gear played a role in reducing the the amount of money spent on gear.
The average amount spent on gear was $144.
Question 5: How much do you spend annually for race registrations?
Wide variations on this response: From $0 to $1,500.
Average response was $391.
Question 6: Do you travel for “destination” races? If yes, estimate your travel expenses.
Overall, only 40% of the responders attended destination races. The amount spent on destination race travel ranged from $75 to $5,000.
The average of the responses was $1,477.
One responder noted that his Disney destination race (on the bucket list for many of us!) costs were about $5,000.
Question 7: Do you have a monthly budget dedicated to running?
Of the responders, only 12% have a routine monthly budget for running.
One mentioned that it was $100 per month. Another mentioned that 10% of their income is automatically deducted to a special account for running (I like this!). One reported that answering the survey questions made them think that they should.
Question 8: Can you recommend any good resources for making the most of your running dollar?
– I only buy discounted clothes at Sport Authority, Target or JCPenney.
– Target, Kohl’s and Walmart are my go-to cheapsters for athletic apparel.
– Under Armour and Reebok at Hershey Outlet in Hershey PA, I don’t get to excited about getting apparel from traditional running brands like Brooks, Nike, etc. Reebok’s just a little less expensive with 40% off offers a couple times a year and Under Armour offers a lot of compression gear for less than “running” brands as well.
– Nike Clearence Outlet, Target
– I prefer Nike tights, but for shirts, Target sells C9 compression gear, which is every bit as good as Under Armor or Nike Pro Combat.
– Brazos Running Company (local running store). Roadrunnersports.com
– If you have a running club near you that is connected to a store with a discount, take advantage of it.
– Sport.woot.com, Steepandcheap.com, Slickdeals.net
– Rotate running shoes, run on a treadmill once in awhile, rotate socks, don’t wash sports bras until after 2-3 wears (unless it’s summer; no stink, please!). [ha ha!]
– Marshall’s! The racks are inconsistent, so get it if you find something you like, but you can find great brands and high–end gear for less. I just purchased a pair of Nike cold weather running pants for $30 that retail for $65, and even that’s more than I would normally spend. My other go–to store is Target. I often start there if I’m needing fit apparel.
– I stand by roadrunner sports.com
– I like Academy and Target
– Second sole is great. www.runningwarehouse.com is a great online source.
– Ross and Target are the places I go for deals!
– Marshalls and New Balance for bargains. LLBean for the quality and returnability, you can return anything, anytime, no questions asked. I usually purchase my winter running apparel from LLBean.
– Thrift stores are the most underutilized place for running/workout gear. I often find brand name items for fractions of retail prices (this week I found a pair of UnderArmour shorts with the tags still on them for $8). [Wahoo! You are singing my song!]
– Last chance on saucony.com
– Target for technical clothes