How can I tell if a race might be a scam be­fore I pay to en­ter?

Runner's World South Africa - - Personal Best - – Meghan Kita, US se­nior ed­i­tor

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.

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