Originally Posted by _MTL_
Oh, the “where does my money go” argument.
Well, the numbers should almost always work out. But there are many many many things that people forget about that are costs involved to run an event. For example, here are some common costs I run into when running events that have to come out of the total payout.
OB Paint / Rope / Flags
Paper for scorecards
Paper for leaderboard cards
Ink to print scorecards / leaderboard cards
Ice / Water on the course
Course / Park Rental
Shipping of merchandise ordered
It adds up quickly.
This. A lot.
People dont realize how much effort that goes into organizing, getting sponsorships, fielding emails and phone calls, promoting, course maint., etc.
Its been said already, but it is truly thankless work. Not to say that everyone out there puts on a good event, or cares as much about the aport as you might as opposed to making money, but regardless of the end result, the vast majority of people who run or have ran several events, care a lot. Honestly if they didnt, they wouldnt run them, its not really worth it financially most of the time and the stress level that comes along with it is over the top.
Dealing with a park board or city official(s), stubborn property owner, neighbors, traffic, sponsors who dont come thru or take forever to get back with you, balancing costs, trying to raise money for a specific charity or your club by putting in hundreds of hours and dollars to barely make that back for the club, it can be very stressful and seem like its not worth doing.
So keep that in mind before you start thrashing the people who tried to give you a place to have fun that weekend.