That is a tough weekend. It's increasingly more difficulty for older codgers to justify spending that particular weekend away from the family especially at the beginning of the school year. You have to consider that the XC crowd is now aging and having kids (most youngsters seem to be shifting back into BMX or freeride), and although Seven Springs is a fun spot, it's not always so fun (or easy) for the spouse and the kids. I think I speak for the members of at least two competitive men's teams. After 5 or 6 years of leaving home that weekend, you get that "not again" look from the wife. That being said, I would prefer that race over any other 24 hour race out there, just on a weekend earlier in the summer. Is there any way you can do an actual survey to find out why attendance is down? I don't think it's cost or the course itself but rather cost, school, family and vacation obligations, etc., that may be hurting things a bit. I agree with Aaron - keep it 12 or 24. Besides, Granny Gear is dropping off because Laird is such a douche. On the other hand, you are well-liked!