wiked pissah wrote:
Maybe I’m wrong but it seems the race directors obligation is to run a race where the most amount of people can have the potential to run as fast as they want to…
I actually think you’re wrong? By virtue of being a large, mass participation race, they have decided that setting up everyone to run their fastest isn’t their top priority. The Marathon Project was set up for that, the elite fields at WMMs and other major marathons are set up for that (or at least for good, fair competition in controlled circumstances—which isn’t always the same as being set up for the fastest time), and some small no-frills races (last-chance BQ-type races) or mid-sized downhill races (e.g., Revel races, St. George, the Tunnel Marathons) are designed with that in mind. But for the mass participation field at most major marathons, RDs and event organizers are balancing a lot of competing interests—safety, participant experience, earned media, etc—and whether they can create optimal conditions for a sub-elite or local elite to run 30-120 seconds faster than they might under other conditions is just one of those interests.
Some mid-majors prioritize that more than others (CIM, Indy, and Grandma’s come to mind), so a runner of your ilk may want to consider races like those (or a smaller race) to have the performance environment you want. But I think you’re right that if you run a World Marathon Major (or many mid-majors) as a sub-elite or local elite, creating a perfect performance environment for you isn’t a high priority.
So choose your races accordingly, and know that if you do choose a race that doesn’t prioritize sub-elite performance, you may want to choose a goal other than “run as fast as possible” (e.g., win your AG or even win overall if the race isn’t that competitive, practice a fueling or pacing strategy while running a strong but not “to the well” effort that will be helpful in a future marathon where you are chasing a PR, or just enjoy a scenic 26.2 mile trip through closed roads in a city). If none of those goals sound appealing to you, than maybe those marathons aren’t the marathon for you.