Not too long ago, I posted a recap of my 35th half marathon, the Brokeman’s Winter Warm Up. Admittedly this was my first time running a Brokeman’s Series race, but I have had my eye on them on some time. Elizabeth actually told me a lot about them last year. As it turned out she was one of the ambassadors and going into 2017, I decided to throw my name in the hat for that as well. Low and behold, I was selected as a 2017 Ambassador and I was very grateful for that. Since I loved my first Brokeman’s experience so much, I wanted to share some of the great things about this series so that you can jump in on one of their races as well.
One part of the Brokeman’s Race Series vision is to provide affordable racing to all. Let’s be honest, race registrations can get out of control. I admit I’ve paid a pretty penny for some races, but ideally I’d love to never spend more than $50-60 on a half marathon. I love to race and by paying more and more for these races, it begins to cut into the race budget which means less races over the year.
Some races out there offer a low entry fee, but then you also don’t get anything for running. No medal, no official time, no shirt, nothing. You just get a randomly marked course and the ability to say you “raced” that morning. Well, that’s the opposite of Brokeman’s. It is a no frills race, but you don’t lose the support and you even get a woodal!
The race registration usually starts at $20 on opening day for registration and highest I’ve seen is race day registration which was at $60 for the Winter Warm Up. By offering this lower cost race series, it gives those who might not be able to afford the all frills races a chance at racing. Everything about race day is just like every other race day. There is packet pick up, you get a bib, you go to a start line and have amazing course support along the way. You only get a race shirt if you buy one. They weren’t too expensive though and if you pre-order you get a better discount.
Easy and quick packet pick up at Winter Warm Up.
One of the other big things about their races is that they are completely cup free! They encourage you to bring your own water bottle of hydration vest. If you don’t have one though you can buy a cup and take it with you along the course. This was the 2nd cup free race I ever participated in and I absolutely love the idea. In fact, the race director posted a picture of the trash after the race and instead of mounds and mounds of it, had one small garbage bag. For a race with over 500 runners and spectators, that was so impressive!