Posted: 05/03/2014 at 14:16
Don't organise races for charity and you won't run into these problems. Just charge enough to cover your costs with a bit of contingency. Don't worry about T-shirts, medals, goody bags etc as real runners don't want all that nonsense and most of your problems go away.
Sorry, I realise this is an old thread, I'm falling into a trolling trap (Robin Hood indeed) and everyone has moved on with their lives but I didn't want to let this bit of mean-spirited snobbery to go unchallenged. If you like medals, T shirts and all that nonsense it does not mean you are any less of a "real runner" than someone who does. You can be a "real runner" and like big races, you can be a "real runner" and like small races. Who cares? I would venture that it is this very brand of snobbery that drives a lot of newer runners away from local events like this and towards bigger events where they know there's a stronger likelihood that the field will be made up of a greater mix of abilities and they're less likely to face this very brand of elitism. Running is for everyone.