Not because you’re fighting AIDS- I’m down with that.
I’m talking about your totally bullshit “Concrete Hero” race and the complete bullshit that goes along with it.
I run obstacle races. They’re fun. I intersperse my “real” runs like Tough Mudder and Spartan with the “fun” runs like Warrior Dash and Gladiator, and everybody has a good time. So when APLA advertised all over Facebook for their “Concrete Hero” race, I signed up for it. Downtown LA. Los Angeles-themed obstacles. Good cause. What’s not to like?
I’ll tell you what’s not to like. What’s not to like is being cold-called by “coaches” to “help” me with training… oh, and fund-raising.
Yep, once a week I get a phone call during working hours. And wow, they’re excited to help me train.
“What’s that? You run these sorts of things all the time? Well, since you’ve got that covered, let me coach you through some fund-raising!!!”
“Hey man, I’m at work here.”
“You can’t spend half an hour at work talking about how to meet your minimum fundraising goal? But… you want to compete in the race, don’t you?”
“Of course I do- that’s why I paid my entry fee. Wait… my WHAT!!!”
Yep. Turns out that my entry fee earns me nothing more than the right to pester my friends and family for four hundred bucks.
No 400 bucks in pledges collected before the event, no running in the event. And, adding insult to injury- the entry fee doesn’t even count toward the “goal.” So my “entry fee” isn’t really an entry fee, now is it?
Now you’ve got my money, and now I don’t get to run. I planned my weekend around your race, I paid my entry fee, but I don’t get to enter your race, and you get to keep my fee, because I didn’t allow you access to my friends’ checkbooks.
You know what? Fuck you, APLA. If the “entry fee” you’re charging doesn’t break you even on a per-competitor basis, then charge a higher entry fee. If you want each competitor running to generate “x” amount of money for your charitable work, then charge entry fee plus x. People will still run the race, and you’ll get your money- everybody wins, right? Well, not if you want to collect smaller chunks of money and not have to work for it.
In short, APLA took my money and gave me nothing in return. Go fuck yourselves. That’s the most underhanded bullshit I’ve seen in a long time.