Now you all know that I’m relatively positive about most things, but I think I’m in a cranky mood lately. Maybe I’m getting older. But if you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my rant yesterday. Something has been popping up more and more in the running world and it’s starting to drive me crazy:
Crowdfunding Your Races
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about when you race for charity. I’m aware that many times, if you’re doing a race for charity, you didn’t pay for that race. (Personally, if I get a race entry for charity fundraising, I always make sure I donate at least the cost of the race out of my own pocket, but that’s just me.) I’m a huge fan of charity fundraising, as you have seen me discuss before.
No, I’m talking about when people say “I want to do this race, but it’s expensive, so I need you to help me pay for the race, travel, and lodging so that I can fulfill my dreams.”
Stop crowdfunding your life.
Of course, you don’t just see this in terms of running. I’ve seen people crowdfunding to pay for fancy vacations or to buy a new car. In what world is this okay? If you want those things, you work hard and you save for them.
Now, there are exceptions to how I view this. Your house burns down and your insurance money hasn’t come in and you need things like clothes? Different story. Your kid needs a specific medical device and your insurance won’t cover it? Absolutely. But asking someone to pay for your luxuries is selfish.
I get it. There are plenty of awesome things that I would love to do that I cannot do because I don’t have the money. You know how I solve that problem? I save money and wait until I can afford them.
If you don’t have the money for something, you can’t afford it. At least people are smart enough to not go into debt, I guess.
If you can’t afford a trip to do ten marathons in ten days, then guess what? You can’t afford to do ten marathons in ten days. Instead of asking your friends to give you money for this “dream” of yours, why not turn that into something good and ask them to donate to charity while you save money so you can afford the travel. There are lots of people out there who actually do need the money. You do not.
What are your thoughts on crowdfunding for races and vacations?