There was WAY more water on the course this year than last. It stopped raining just before the race, but the trails were completely water-logged. In some places it was 6 inches deep and flowing.
I was in fourth place at the start (behind Jacob, Andrew, and Ricky), but I got passed by several people in miles 2-4. Then I passed a couple of people during the turnaround, and no one passed me on the way back in (unlike last year).
Last year I finished in 1:13:49, so I cut 6:25 off my time on a much tougher day.