It is contradicted whether money should be used to test athletes for drug enhanced drugs. One view is that races barely meet the budget and that they should not add the extra expense. However, if they do start testing, it could help more people want to run in the races.
- With doping becoming more and more common, some race directors are spending thousands on drug testing.
- Drug testing begins at about $2,000 to $2,500 per event for only four or five tests and escalate from there.
- This testing is becoming an expensive obstacle for race directors who struggle with already tight budgets.
“As small- and medium-sized road races struggle to keep doping out of their events, some race directors are doubling down on their efforts to maintain a clean sport by spending thousands of dollars on drug testing.”