Friday Open Thread: Do race amenities matter?

When the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon got its start more than two decades ago, bands playing music every couple of miles made it really stand out among running events. Today, of course, there are many, many races that offer the same thing, plus bustling finish line festivals complete with beer gardens, wine tastings, etc. My question is, how much does all of that really matter to you, vs. what you experience on the course? — Terrell