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Here's a quote from my friend's Lakefront race report:
[color=rgb(0, 0, 0)][/color]Un-RocknRoll-ness — about as uncommercial a race as I’ve done. Organized by the Badgerland Striders, a local (and large) running club who’s not about making money. Entry fee of $70 included a really nice LS shirt with zero ads; I liked mine so much I bought another after the race, for which they gouged me $15. We also bought a coffee mug that was $10 but when we paid for it the lady said we’re only asking $5 now, I guess we should put up a sign. A real highlight for the cheapskate geezer. Also the organizers made a huge deal out of reminding spectators to be considerate of the neighborhoods we ran through; it was obvious they took great pride in the amount of community support and intend to keep it that way. That’s a big reason they limit the field to 2750 plus a few relay teams. A little different attitude from almost every other race these days, where the goal is to maximize the number of event participants and revenue, and if the running experience suffers that’s OK, because the event really isn’t about racing or even running hard.
If I ever decide to start running marathons, I'll have to give Lakefront some consideration.