I think as a district and event organizers we need to take a strong look at the value/harm of running the 35+ 4/5s instead of making it just 35+4s.
Here are a couple of points:
1. a 5 is a 5. Right?
2. 5s are not suppose to race for prizes, just experience.
Doesn't having a 4/5 race break that rule?
3. If Masters 35+ 5s were not allowed in the Masters 35+ 4 races, more of the 4s might actually get in to the races. So far this year 35+ 4/5 fields are filling before the NCNCA calendar link is even live. I wonder how many of those finding the Sports Base page early are 5s?