The local newspaper (which hides its entire website behind a paywall in an attempt to survive) proclaimed rather hyperbolically that the event drew "scores" to downtown.
As I was onsite from 5 am to 5 pm and walked many loops of the course during the day, I guess it would depend on the what the precise definition of 'scores' is... Thousands? No. Many hundreds? I don't think so. Were there some people out spectating and participating in various fitness-related related activities? Yes.
|P1-2 Men cornered hard on the fast, swoopy course.|
Doping scandals and real tragedies aside (here and here), it was fun to work a new race and meet some new people. Barre is rough and downtrodden -- one of the reasons making the race easier to put on, was the number of vacant storefronts downtown... but many people put in many hours into planning the race -- trying to make something positive happen in the city. I think that the team behind the event succeeded in putting in a foundation to build on in future years: We don't want it to be 'one and done'.