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Neither, what could they gain from less lax standards? I can think of only one group of people who might benefit from tighter standards and it would be neither race organizers nor the hordes of current entrants (i.e. customers) who are able and willing to pay ever-increasing entry fees (months ahead of race day) as well as whatever it costs to fly in and stay in the city.
well…….are you going to tell us who that “one group” is, you're leaving me hanging ???
Another thought is that if they loosen standards so much, would they lose the people that have to go every year as a “bragging rights” at what point are the time standards not worth bragging about? I have friends that just “have” to go every year.