Appreciate the compliment about showmanship, but I guess I'm not the only one losing a few brain cells.
After a bit of research, I'm pretty sure I had nothing to do with organizing this event, though I did run in it and enjoy it.
If my memory fails me and if I did in fact have something to do with the organization, I am really sure it had nothing to do with providing big checks. That was for the first year of the Sprint Series, 2005, for the finals at Pawtuckaway, also set by Will. Info about that is here
, just scroll down until you get to 2005. Will set the courses for that event too, I think.
The 2005 event was awesome, as were the big checks. :-)