If a race is advertised to be open for a certain amount of time and you are under the pace needed to complete the course in said time, then I totally agree with the point being made. I would assume that a back of the pack runner would expect to have the same amenities as everyone else. If they are behind cutoff pace then I would expect that those amenities would be removed if they are allowed to stay on the course.
I agree 100%. From what I read of the article, she(?) was ahead of the pace (barely) and they were already breaking down the race course. That, to me, is unacceptable and the sign of a bad RD.