In trail running events, there are many obvious costs – like venue and conservation fees for the locations that we run in – but also many hidden costs that participants aren’t aware of. For example did you know that the likes of Cape Nature charge over R80 per person?
The logistics are complicated and risks high when organising a trail run. We need communication specialists in areas that have little or no cellphone coverage, mountain fit medics and environmental monitors to name but a few. We also required by the venues and the municipality to have comprehensive insurance.
One of the biggest factors to the cost is the limited entry. Operational costs are divied up by the number of entrants. More entrants, less cost per person. We don't get big fields in trail running (thankfully) which is one of the things that makes it special.
Further to this, because the number of entries are limited in trail running, sponsors are extremely limited. The higher the number of participants in an event, the more sponsors want to become involved and the lower the cost per runner becomes.