Amazing race given the locale and event in conjuction with the XTERRA world championship race happening the next day. Ran with brother Nick in the race and my wife running the 5K. This race really was more like 11 plus K. Felt good. Started out slow because I knew the first 3 miles was mostly uphill. Accomplished my goal of finishing in the top half (approx 230 runners) and more importantly never stopping running even on the long stretch of Big Beach sand running. The last two miles I followed a very fit 45 to 50 year old aussie woman. I just wanted to keep up with her so she gave me some extra push. I loved this run.