Here are my thoughts: For PPA, there was fruit and snacks and fluids at the top of the mountain (and for me, a saline IV and some O2). Then, there was a bunch of snacks/beverages at Glen Cove. In Manitou, 1 week after what is arguably the worst flood Manitou has ever seen, there was pizza, cookies, and soft drink. Unfortunately, the beer was nixed because of the flooding and movement of the food from the park to the City Hall. As far as I'm concerned, if you went away from the Ascent hungry, it wasn't for lack of food.
As for the aid stations, I take my own gels with me. I know what I like/tolerate, and I won't eat anything else. Most of the runners I know do the same thing. I need water or electrolyte drink at aid stations and that's all. If you want a smorgasbord, run Hardrock or Leadville. I've watched the volunteers stringing hoses and lugging hundreds of pounds of equipment and food down the mountain to the cirque and A-Frame aid stations. It's not for the faint of heart--they work their asses off. Some of the volunteers spend Friday and Saturday night on the mountain (and it gets freakiní cold at 11500í at night!).
Finally, if this race doesnít float your boat, then donít sign up. These races fill up in days if not hours. If you donít run, someone else will surely take your spot. Are there things that can be done better? Sure. But given the circumstances leading up to the race, itís amazing the event even occurred.