This race sucked. Somewhere between 4500 and 4800 feet of elev gain/loss over the 18.6 miles, and almost all of that was in the first 9.6 miles. With the exception of MAYBE 10-15 min, I had to power hike the entire first half. It took me 3 freaking hrs to get to the 9.6 mile aid station. Then it was 2.5 miles of steep downhill. By then I was so disgusted with myself and the race, it didn't matter.