I bit drastic but with the amount the San Diego Suzuki marathon charges to enter, the runners should be treated like VIPs in a 5 star restaurant. Reading some of the reader comments in the marathon listings about that race and the recent LA marathon gives the impression that the common entrant is treated with a combination of indifference and disrespect. The race organizers will happily take a runner's hard-earned money up front to enter. If an injury prevents that runner from being able to start then the runner loses out. If the rule was pay at the end if you thought you had a good race experience and were treated with dignity and respect then possibly it might be more pleasant. The little things like moving the water cups that could be baking in the sun for long periods of time to a place outside the range of the sun shows respect for the runners. 1 portable dumper for every 600 or so people shows a bit of disrespect.