Jay Benson is doing a very good job with the waves - I'll give them that. They course is closed, which is awesome. The field was evenly spread out. There was little congestion in the pool. The refs reported that it was much easier to marshall the course. It's a good course, not too hard, not too easy, and it attracts a lot of newbies every year.
The packet pick-up is well-organized, other than the weird idea of marking me the night before (hello, for a sprint?) and you always get a nice T-shirt.
So what is the problem?
Last year, they recorded a 10 minute 5k for a relay participant. They also reported a 20 minute 5k for a 40-year-old Athena, and don't get me wrong - she's talended, awesome cyclist, but her 5k has never been less than 30 minutes. There were a great many other mistakes, which I know of because I know the people involved, and how fast they are. Many of the ones from last year they've never corrected.
Now, having said all that, I think I did pretty well. I may have a personal best on this course today. I'll find out for sure when they post the "corrected" times.
Get it together, Jay Benson. You've got a good race going, but if you don't get the timing right, it's not really a race. It's just an expensive workout.