Been having some interesting discussions with a group of race directors recently. One of the topics is if runners make decisions about what races to run by whether the race or RD pockets some of the proceeds. There are a range of business structures out there in the ultra world: from volunteer where all proceeds go to a charity; to volunteer but expenses and maybe a small stipend are taken with remaining proceeds going to a charity; to non-profit organization with a board of directors and a paid RD; to businesses that are for-profit.
While, as an RD myself, I’m usually aware of the business structure of a race, I seldom make the decision on whether to run a race based on whether the RD is paid or not. Judging by the range of races that are the most popular, most runners don’t either. Course, history, location, organization, etc seem to be bigger influences on the decision to run a race.
Do you care if an RD is paid or not? Whether a race is non-profit or for-profit? Even if you do care about it idealistically, does it actually make a difference on whether you run a race or not?