Although I was very fortunate and able to run in 2009 and 2010, I was turned down this year. I would really like to run again in 2012 but I am not sure how I feel about this "preferred" member scheme (especially since I do not know the amount). Perhaps a qualifying time for a certain number of racers (maybe this already exists?) similar to Boston would be a fairer, cheaper option. I've never been a fan of "pay-to-play."