Saturday was tough. My wife ran a debut of 3:36 with a 3:30 goal. That had to be one of the “better” performances in the event. Everyone I knew that ran the race somewhat competitively was around 20 mins++ off their goal time. I was told but cannot confirm they had the most DNF's in history. That's with a field of about 2000 less than last year.
I sat at the 5 mile mark for an hour in a t shirt waiting for runners. The blazing sun was killer. My shirt was drenched when I left. At 12 miles the lead pack was cut in half. Some had already decided to drop. A few Kenyans walked past me at 12 miles. At 19 miles I talked to a guy I ran with in college. Oh yeah…he was part of the race, but we talked as he walked by! He wasn't happy. He's a 2:30's guy and finished over 3 hours.
The worst part of that course I swear is about 15-18 miles. That stretch is no man's land and is thin in spectators and is BLAZING sun if there are no clouds.
Been there done that in 2006. It's not fun and I feel for everyone that had to deal with it Saturday.