How to Know When to DNF

September 7, 2023

When an athlete stands on the start line of a race, there are always feelings of possibility, opportunity, and nerves, no matter the distance. The hours of training and preparation that go into making it to the start line are an endurance event on their own.

On average, it costs nearly $400 to register for a 100-mile trail race, and that’s before booking any travel or lodging for race week. A good pair of trail shoes can set an athlete back anywhere from $100 to into the $200-range, and other equipment such as hiking poles, headlamps, sports nutrition, and technical clothing mean that it’s easy to spend thousands of dollars on training and racing before you even reach a start line. Trail Runner Magazine (possible Paywall)