A Gingerfoxxx PSA.
I am putting this one out there, because i really think a lot of people might not know.
(I only figured this out as i am coordinating a charity race group)
Here's the deal. I like to consider myself a savvy girl. If order anything online, i use a coupon code. (hellloooooo, running warehouse!) I mean, we're in a recession, and a girl has to be thrifty!
Sometimes for races, you can also get discount codes - for registering early, etc. Here's the thing though - how often do we stop and think where that code is actually coming from?
As a charity, all the Team Run for HD runners were given a code for discounted registration. Now, we didn't flash that code around, you have to get it by request through our website. In exchange for that discount, our charity pledges volunteers. For every 5 people who use that code, we have to provide one volunteer for 5 hours. Seems fair right?
Well, unfortunately, some people leaked our charity code. I have three people that signed up with MY code just to get the discount. After relentlessly emailing them in an increasingly bitchy way, they 'fessed up. I highly doubt any of them had any ill-intentions, and simply just wanted a discount for a somewhat expensive race. In fact, i don't think they even know where the code came from, as one girl seemed truly embarrassed over the whole thing.
So no harm, no foul, right?
Except heres the catch. Those three hooligans are enough to force me to come up with one more volunteer. And if you really want to get into the numbers. i usually charge around $125-150 as a consultancy hourly rate (In case you ever need amazing industrial design services) so to have to forfeit 5 hours of my precious time is really $625 loss for a $5 coupon code. See where i am going here?
Granted, i was going to volunteer anyway. And i suckered my favorite cousin Ammanda to volunteer, and it will just be more time to spend with her that weekend. But - as a PSA - consider where your race discount codes are coming from, and what kind of crazy butterfly effect they might have on me! (and, i suppose, other people)
***(And if you haven't figured out, i will be at packet pick-up for the Chicago Half Marathon next Saturday Morning - stop by and say hi if your there!)