I have to say I have never met a more fit yet supportive group of people. I was fully expecting a group of that calibre to be a little standoff-ish. Every single person I interacted with was positive, with words of encouragement from other runners and all the volunteers.
I'm definitely considering more of these races in the future (and who knows, if I learn to like biking, perhaps a triathlon will be in my future.)
"I do not compete
With the rest of the world
I compete only with myself
For my progress is my true victory."
(On the back of the t shirt)