Before I go any further, I just want to say that I love Airbnb. Any time I travel, they’re my go-to site for accommodations. I’ve used it to stay in the bustling center of Sao Paulo, as a triathlon home base a block from San Francisco Bay, and as a weekend getaway in the Adirondack foothills all at a fraction of the cost of traditional hotels or resorts. Even more than that, I love the idea that open-minded people can connect and that hosts can make a little extra income from their otherwise unused space: a sharing economy utopia, right?
Hmmm. Maybe not.
Besides Airbnb image and legal problems you might have heard about, Airbnb is also pretty shady when it comes to runners. How has Airbnb attempted to sell itself as a sharing economy utopia? By aligning itself with a popular movement that has high visibility through major events and that has no sign of its explosive growth stopping any time soon. That means running, of course! And how is Airbnb accomplishing this, and how did they almost sponsor me on a reckless running escapade? Read on!