To Cheer Squad or Not - That is the question!

Has anyone been to a RunDisney event and not participated in any of the runs?

My BFF is doing the Star Wars Dark Side 10k and I’m not wanting to spend the extra $$ to be apart of the cheer squad (you pay to sit in a special section etc) has anyone gone on their own and had a great time?

I would love any details you may have such as how does the bus system work for those not participating in a marathon…etc.