Amy Donaldson: Ragnar founder finally reaps what he's sown

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  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    Aug. 16, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    @Aggie238 It sure seems like you are unhappy with the fees for the race. It is hard to understand the costs which a company must absorb for whatever it does. I started up several small companies, and we occasionally heard complaints from customers when one of our products had a price tag they could not afford. You really can't appreciate all the dozens and hundreds of things that must be paid for; every staple, paper clip, piece of paper, and piece of tape must be paid for up front, often at high cost. Our expenses at home are often spread out over long periods of time so we don't often see how high our living expenses can be, but businesses must pay everything up front, often before they have income from sales.

    Perhaps you and/or others who agree with you ought to start another event which would allow people in your position the opportunity to run at a price they can afford. The guys in this story didn't think they could do it until they did; you've got as much of a chance to succeed as they did! Good Luck!

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    June 24, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    I applaud the Ragnar series for getting many people out exercising who otherwise wouldn't, but I can't get past the extortion they charge you for a race fee. $100+ per person for a completely unsupported run that amounts to roughly three 10k's? C'mon...I know for a fact that logistics don't cost anywhere near that amount, especially since there are no aid stations, no food, no water...nothing. Not even a cool prize at the end. And most of the manpower consists of unpaid volunteers. I'd peg the actual worth of the event at around $60 per person, or $720 per team, yet they charge around double that these days. That's quite a profit margin.

    I love a free market, and I guess I can't blame Ragnar for charging what people will pay, but I also think the Ragnar model is incompatible with what distance running is all about, and it's events like these which are destroying the grassroots nature of the sport.

    Hope everyone had fun, though. I also hope they find out that there's a lot more to running than huge parties that are only accessible to those with money.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    June 24, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    I was in the van the first time Steve crewed the Hood to Coast race and caught his vision. While it was a good time, for all I certainly didn't see what Steve saw. Good on you Steve.