I agree with most of the posters here that I feel it would be nice to be able to say you had the opportunity to race with an elite at a local race. Especially for a trivial amount like $20 shoe voucher. Something similar happened where Suguru Osako (Japanese marathon NR holder) came to a local/regional half marathon I was running in and ran a sub-63 half to set a CR and win $1000 (a couple of local elites/OTQ marathoners finished 3rd and 4th after Osako and another elite Japanese runner)
You can race with elites at most races technically
Molly huddle is coming to an all-comers meet tonight. She’s doing a meet and greet but shevsure as Sh!t isn’t beating up on a couple of kids. Racing with slower runners is one thing going all out is sad.