Forget trying to seriously run this race if you start in the middle of the pack.
It will take you 20 minutes just to reach the start line and all day long there will be slow people shoulder to shoulder blocking you from running your desired pace...especially if you've paced yourself right and are ready to pick up your pace after the first 7 or 8 miles or so.
People ahead of you who when out too fast at the start and now dying on their feet will make this an obstacle course and add about 1/2 mile to the length of the the race if you try to dodge between them to hold your pace.
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