How can I tell if a race might be a scam before I pay to enter?
Google the race like you’re about to go on a first date with it (that is, exhaustively). Search its name, in quotes, and the words ‘review’ or ‘recap’ for insights on how the event has gone in the past. Scroll through its social feeds, looking for complaints from runners who’ve done it. If you’re not finding anything – or if it’s a first-year race – go to the event website, find the name of the race director and/or management company, and Google those.