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Well, I still prefer to look at things on an individual level. Not all small businesses that turn into large corporations lose that small business perspective. I happen to work for one that still treats its employees, clients, and the communities in which it has a presence in many cases better than many small businesses. Of course, this company has always stressed “thinking small” or, in essence, continuing to operate like a small business, just at a larger scale. Likewise, there are large races that still do things like small races, just at a larger scale. They may not be common but they are out there. I've also found that a few words to the right people can make a big difference. For example, in 2005, I had an incident at one of the largest races in Wisconsin. I mentioned it to someone just as a disappointment, not thinking anything of it, and he apparently passed my disappointment along to the right people. The following year, they changed their starting procedure so competitive runners start 5 minutes ahead of everyone else. This gives the competitive runners many of the benefits of a small race at the start line, with a less crowded start and less of a need to pack in like sardines long before the gun goes off, while still allowing for many thousands of participants to filter in behind the competitive runners and also get their chance to run.
There are things that can be done to make these large events more competitor friendly. Saying essentially “they should be happy with what they get” is a sure way to not get those things done.