Hello I don’t know if this topic belongs here, feel free to move it accordingly. What are your thoughts about the fact that you can race a “popular” street race without number or registration? and obviously without paying the fees. In a ultra-trail race I wouldn’t even think about it, the personnel helps you, they feed you, they assist you any time they can, they sometimes work more than 12 hours, etc etc… In a popular race on the city from 3Km to 42 Km things are different, at least here in Mexico City, sometimes the hydration is not enough, I’ve heard of people who reaches last in the race and doesn’t receive medal because they didn't have enought. I must be clear that this doesn’t happen on every race, the city HM and marathon have very good organization as also other races. On this days it seems that the popular races are just ways to sale you a t-shirt in the way of a race. To be honest, the only time I’ve run for free was last Sunday, I carried my own water and I wasn’t interested about a medal or anything, and I’m not planning to do this every weekend, actually I don’t like much this popular races, only a few for the route or personal value and for those I’m willing to pay. So the question is, if I carry my own hydration, I don’t want the t-shirt, medal or anything reserved for the runners, is it ok? If so, is there a limit? What happens if I’m only accompanying someone for support? Or what if the race route is where I run every weekend morning? Thanks for the comments, just want to see what other people thinks. Regards….