Already a small race, only 43% of the starters finished. I took the lead for good at mile 27 and nabbed the win in 25:06. At mile 80 I was still comfortably on pace for a sub 22 hour finish but fell victim to either cattle or vandals knocking down nearly every course marker after the mile 80 aid station. There really was no trail, so without the markers it was just vast miles of open land, much of which I wandered around in circles for an hour and a half before picking up the course again and grinding out the rest uneventfully. Very challenging course.
Phil, Rick, and the other organizers and volunteers did a superb job always smiling and making the whole time fun.
So, that's three tough 100s in 6 weeks. I think I'm getting comfortable with the 100 mile distance (even though they are still so painful).
Full report to come...