The first 27 miles were flat on asphalt bike path so I tried to run as slow as I could and stay on the dirt sides as much as possible. I reached 27.4M in 3:24 -- plenty fast for me at my advanced age but I felt just fine. The final half of the race was scenic rolling single track trail through beautiful meadows with wildflowers interspersed with sections of forest. I hit cruise mode and passed about ten people up until the "Last Gasp" aide station at mile 47.6. The final 2.4 miles were up a steep road and here I flagged a bit getting passed at the last minute by two runners: one of them Tim Twietmeyer who has run the race 29 of the 30 times it has been run with a PR of 6:05 on the course. Rebekka followed my trek in style in our rented Cadillac STS, saving the day by returning to me 10 miles later the water bottle I had inadvertently discarded that held all my salt tablets! She had to really scurry along the course as I ran faster than advertised!
Winner Anton Krupicka's AR50 race report
My finish: 7 hours 13 minutes; 1st 50 - 59 age group; 24th overall