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I see this same topic (in various incarnations) over and over these days. It seems to me that we, as runners who like to compete and try to better our times rather then simply run as recreation or social event, can only do so much.
Things we can do include:
Vote with your dollar. Run races, whenever possible, that cater to the race at least as much, if not more-so, then the event. There are so many people now that will run races just to do something that their market-share overwhelms the hardcore runner market-share. We must then make an effort to support those races that give us what we are looking for.
Encourage those on the cusp. Instead of ignoring those that are not as fast as we are, look for those people that show signs of becoming a competitive runner (more a mindset then a certain speed) and encourage them. The more people that start to run races for the race, the more our market-share grows and the more race directors can afford to cater to our type of runner.
Organize your own race. If you cant find enough races that give you what you want…organize your own. You know whats important to you in a race…who better to make sure that happens then you. I realize this isnt an option for everyone, but if you have 10 running friends and you all organize one race a year then that will provide many options for the more serious runners.
I'm sure there are other things that you can do, but at some point you have to stop and say, just do your thing and let the chips fall where they may. It is the economic climate of running right now that dictates a catering to the less then serious crowd. We can do things to change that, but it will take time to change and probably will never be fully reveresed. At the end of the day running is about you and it is what you make of it. If you dont enjoy races with thousands of walkers then dont run them. If you hate the fact that there are fewer 2:20 guys then their used to be, train harder or become a coach. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Or just shut-up, train your @$$ off and use it as motivation to PR at your next race (after-all, if you dont run fast all the fun-runners will eat all the post race food). ;D