I would hope other towns see this as a moment to seize the "race/event friendly" moniker and continue to do what they have been doing. A little good will goes a long way and Amherst is seeing a backlash.
Even small races bring people into a town that many might not have visited otherwise. I only end up up Lockport when there's a race and when I do I usually stop and buy lunch after the race, etc. Same could be said of many of the towns that have races.
There's more than enough municipalities each with their redundant police force to absorb races from Amherst assuming they want them in their town.
Admin. has done an excellent job researching the Amherst race permit fee at the bottom of page 1. I find it unusual that a wealthy community like Amherst is so broke that it had to come up with a new way of fundraising. Maybe they consider runners to be a nuisance. Last saturday after the East Aurora/ Caroler 5k, I not only enjoyed a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant, I also spent time and money at other nearby stores. Hopefully the Penguin Run will relocate next year to a more appreciative community.
After a little research thanks to this website: The Town of Amherst had 13 races in 2012. The Village of Williamsville had 9. That would be 22 races for the Town of Amherst in 2012. I guess we will soon see the effect of Town's new race permit fee.