In case you didn't have time to scour the NY times today, check out this thought provoking article about the NY Police attempting to recoup their expenses for helping put on the NYC Marathon.
As a municipal bureaucrat responsible for administrating utility services myself, I feel the police's pain when they claim they are not being fully reimbursed for all of their costs. In essence, NY Road Runners makes a mint by using city workers for less than cost because the City pays police salaries, not the Road Runners. On the other hand, Mary Wittenberg has an excellent point when she says that any fee for service needs to be predictable, otherwise the whole business of putting on a race breaks down.
I think this article also highlights why marathons are the only running event that matter anymore in America. It is the only part of the sport that is profitable. Maybe the NCAA should consider scrapping XC and holding a marathon instead. The public can participate to make it profitable. Discuss.