Ultras races seem to be split into three types: Run to make money as a business
Run to make money for charity.
Run by non profit organizations with the surplus going to charity.
There are probably other variations but the value for money equation is not simple.
In many cases the more you pay the less you get.
Ok we would like to keep the cost down. Perhaps what is more important is what the runner needs. The longer the race the more support you need as a general rule. This is a particular problem for running businesses . To stage say a 100 mile event over terrain where most of the field will take 24hrs + you will need plenty of feed/hydration stations or allow support crews.
There seems to be a trend to stage new long events(jumping on the ultra bandwagon) expecting the runners to be self supporting. This may be ok for runners with a couple of 100milers under there belts but for the fist timer running 24hrs plus i feel its too much to ask and will detract from the experience.
Anyone got any thoughts on this ,especially commercial operators.