As is often the case these days in the politically charged environment in which we live, the WSER Board reconsidered the recently passed dnf clause and, today, announced that they would look more deeply into the ramifications of the decision. Therefore, for the 2010 race, the rule will not take effect and the decision passed on 4/1/10 is now, effectively, nul and void.
The Board, under tremendous scrutiny, did say that, while they feel excessive dnf's do damage the reputation of their event, this hastily drafted decision was largely motivated as a result of the loud and persistent voices of a few individuals in the blogosphere who seem to have hang-ups about dnf's. The WSER Board, typically understated and highly sophisticated, realized that they had fallen victim to the hype generated by a few well-meaning but mis-guided bloggers and had, as a result, departed from protocol in this regard.
The Board continues to believe that the WSER is the world's greatest race and can stand alone, without a dnf clause, for the foreseeable future.