We’re sure that there will be some disappointed adventure racers out there, now that the village of Brookfield has pulled the plug on the Badass Dash, a 7K race dotted by more than 20 obstacles, which was to have woven through village streets on Aug. 31.

The past two years, there have been similar, smaller, events in Brookfield that drew about 300 to 350 people. This one, which was getting more publicity, since it was part of a national adventure race circuit, was expected to draw up to 1,500 people.

It sounded like a fun event. And the race director, Brian Sharenow, an experienced event planner, was confident he could pull off the race here in this hometown, despite the many questions of the village board.

But we wonder whether the village is really such a great spot for such a race, fraught with legal landmines due to obstacles that included a floating dock in Salt Creek, a pile of cars, cargo nets and other contraptions.

Clearly the organizers of the races nationwide have considered that question as well. The Badass Dash circuit website lists nine races happening in 2013, and only one of them — Brookfield — was slated for anything like a suburban residential neighborhood.

Of the remaining eight, three are taking place at racetracks, one at a ski resort, one at a camp ground, one at a state park and one at a Las Vegas casino complex far from the strip. The only venue without much course info is a race in Zoar, Ohio — a village of 169 people surrounded by open fields.

Add in the fact that the Brookfield race was scheduled for Labor Day weekend and that the course ran adjacent to the South Gate of Brookfield Zoo, it just seems like a lot to ask of a municipality.

In these other venues, race organizers could work in partnership with private property owners on everything from parking (in truth, the other venues are swimming in parking) to security.

To expect the village to work in that same manner is unrealistic. The village would have to deploy public resources and interrupt public life in the village in order to make this event come off. While the race organizers were more than willing to reimburse the village for the cost of extra police, public works and the like, they must realize that if anything goes wrong, it’s the village that’s going to take the heat.

To expect elected officials, who have to face inconvenienced residents and a potentially aggravated national tourist attraction, to act any other way than cautiously is naïve.

Yes, Brookfield lost out on a fun event that would have brought lot of people to town. But we’re not sure what great benefit the village as a whole would have derived from it. All the village needs to look at it is the organizers’ own calendar of events to see how this works best — with a private partner who owns a large expanse of land.

A residential Chicago suburb may be too far a reach.

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