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JCWrs, great points. We can complain about the situation all we want. However, if we don't do anything about it, then we're just part of the problem. Organizing races can be difficult but, if you talk to a local high school track coach, you can most likely pretty inexpensively set up a track meet. A 5k, a 1500/1600, a few other events in other disciplines, and you can create an event that caters to the competitors and keep the entry fees very low.
There's also the angle of encouraging people to try competition and educating them on how to train for competitions and how to compete. This is something that I like to think this site is about. Encouraging competition and helping to explain to people on how to compete. In a way, I think by participating in this forum, a lot of the people here are doing something because we are spreading the word on the benefits of competition and on how to compete. I don't think most people who post here realize how many people who never post read what is posted here and take things from it. I've gotten e-mails expressing interest in competition that was either picked up or expanded on through reading this forum or other parts of the site and asking how to take the next step. Don't think your words here don't make a difference. I have seen that they do.
One thing I would add. We not only need to encourage and support those on the cusp of becoming competitive, as I believe we are all doing in some way by posting about competitive running here, but we need to encourage and support those on the cusp of being competitive at high levels. Think about the best runners in your area. How much support do they receive? Could they train harder and run against better competition if they received more support from the local running community? Could those factors take them to a higher level?