Goodie bag expectations

Curious about what people expect for their cash

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19/02/2013 at 10:49

I'm curious as to what people's expectations are of goodie bags at the end. Are tehre any that have stood out for people as outstanding or terrible? MIght be helpful for race organisers to have a ball park of what people think.

Generally, I am just after the medal, and I think it's sensible to offer people something sugary and a drink after a 10K or half and something reasonable to eat after a marathon. I have some lovely "free" t-shirts but also some quite bad ones; if it's one size only and cotton, I'd rather it was an optional extra and the race without T-shirt price came down a bit. Aside from that, I'm not really that bothered about goodie bag contents, but possibly I'm going to the wrong events and there are amazing ones out there?

19/02/2013 at 10:55

I dont mind if there is a goodie bag or not, but if there is, i would want it to be more than a few leaflets and a granola bar, otherwise its a waste of a plastic bag!

19/02/2013 at 10:56
I would prefer a ??5 off the entry fee rather than a plastic bag of rubbish or a cheap t shirt
19/02/2013 at 11:04

free lap dance voucher

19/02/2013 at 11:08

What Dave said.  Not interested in a medal, either.

I go for the race, not the freebies 

19/02/2013 at 11:12

+1 for dave and wilkie

what happened to all the old races (ive been reading up on) that just give out a banana and some water?

19/02/2013 at 11:14

banana and water would definitely be preferable to leaflets!

19/02/2013 at 11:14
Although the half I did on Sunday was sponsored by a bakery, so every finisher got a "Bara Brith" something useful for once
19/02/2013 at 11:24

im currently still in my XC league races (2 more to go) and they just give you basic refreshments and somewhere to get changed (sometimes)

still turn up every time and give it a go though 

19/02/2013 at 11:29
Sorry DF3 no one on Sunday was after a gold star....

I think you might be on the wrong forum, have you tried Fetch ?
19/02/2013 at 11:31

Jason, you get refreshments at your XC league?! We don't even get water.

19/02/2013 at 11:53

The last two races I did had water, and nothing else (although the last one had a medal).


19/02/2013 at 12:10

If I return to this thread in a days time someone will be "livin in a shoebox at bottom of canal"  

Screw the t-shirt and medal where's the useful stuff like an oxygen mask or directions to the nearest kebab house? 

19/02/2013 at 13:03
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)
Jason Wintin wrote (see)

+1 for dave and wilkie

what happened to all the old races (ive been reading up on) that just give out a banana and some water?

Thats because today we live in a namby pamby world where everyone needs a gold star everytime they scratch their arse.

You've got a few of those i'm guessing then David?

19/02/2013 at 18:17
oirisheyes wrote (see)

If I return to this thread in a days time someone will be "livin in a shoebox at bottom of canal"  


Forgot to mention they make us lick all the mud off th' course wit' tongue first.

Edited: 19/02/2013 at 18:17
19/02/2013 at 20:34
+1 for the banana and water but I'm not sure if that constitutes a goodie bag.

This question pops up every now and again... And most people that answer say they don't want one. Perhaps a better question would be "what would you be happy to have your entry fee spent on?"
19/02/2013 at 21:18

I tend to assume (when given a goody bag) that it's more likely to be subsidising my entry fee rather than my entry fee being spent on it. The last time I had one it contained multiple leaflets, maybe a voucher or two, a strange herby breadcrumb coating to bake chicken breasts in (why?!), some weird coffee-flavoured sweets, and a sample running magazine. Oh, and a packet of crisps (I ate those). I don't imagine any of those things were bought by the organisers with my entry fee. It's just a way for sponsors to advertise themselves. Which is fair enough if I get free crisps.

19/02/2013 at 21:26
Food, of any description, and liquid, preferably beer. Liked Frankfurt marathon 4x hard boiled eggs and Dublin marathon Guinness and sandwiches

Disappointing things to find are water, a toothbrush, Duracell AA batteries, physiotherapy leaflets
19/02/2013 at 21:31
I don't have any expectations about goodie bags, but the best ones I've received have contained water, banana, granola bar and recovery drink. Things to eat and drink immediately after the race are by far preferable to a few dozen leaflets and a sample size pack of shower gel.
19/02/2013 at 21:35
Literatin -- I get what you're saying as goodie bags usually contain a lot of leaflets and sh*t provided by some of the sponsors... Sometimes some of the sponsors provide money that can be spent on the content. If there's no money to spend then the question is a bit redundant anyway.

I still maintain that asking what people expect out of an organised race is the better question... When that is know it's then possible to work out how to finance it -- entry fee, sponsorship, etc.
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