If you are talking about the Highlands race,it is about 20 bucks? I can't remember for sure... You get a t-shirt. If you enter the pro division, there is prize money usually for about the top ten finishers, depending on how many people enter. Last year money went to the top 6. I was seventh.... by one hundredth!
: As far as attitude goes, there is some, but the vast majority are there for a good time. It is a huge event. Usually 300+ entries, ranging from 6 year olds to 60+. There is a division for everyone.
The day before that, is a race called the "Miller Lite League Championships." Also a great time. It is a team, GS format. Also huge, last year there were 28 teams of 8.
Also, Marquette Mountain has a downhill in our "spring carnival." It is a better course than the highlands, but not as well attended. We have all kinds of races during the spring carnival, check out the schedule on the website or pm me.
Ok, one last fun Michigan event: (my personal favorite) The Dan Hornbogen memorial at Marquette Mountain.... One run of DH, one run of Super G, one run of GS, and one run of SL. Add all the times up, and we have a winner!