I was going to sign up for the HBF run for a reason in Perth WA on the 22nd of May. However, I noticed they have prize money so decided not to enter.
After my last Funrun, I made the decision to not run in any events that would provide cash prizes.
Reason: We had two specific young people who should have been in the 10K or half marathon or even marathon. One was an Irish backpackers who boasted to have done marathon but needed money for travelling, the other was a young fit wiry university student doing triathlon and more. He looked very much out of place in the line up. Those two were aiming for first and second prize. They passed me on their return when I was more or less a third of the way. It really deflated a lot of the 5k runners. There was no fair play.
Although I had a great day, I decided I would not enter any events which gives cash prizes. It takes away the fun having experienced long distance runners choosing small runs to make sure they get the cash.
When registering had to enter our usual running time, so those young people would have cheated to stay in the 5k category instead of the 10, half marathon or marathon...
So this is my rant for the day. Anyone experience this?