I loved that the RD seemed to be understanding and flexible with the runners. They said that you are able to downgrade any distance as long as you checked in prior to event. Verifying distances are important for safety and accountability and they made it very clear that we would be sharing the path with locals using the park district which i really appreciated. Thankfully, between the racers being really spread out and the time of year, it was not a problem. A few cross bikers but nothing else.
Course: I would describe it as 3 different length fingers and then a victory lap around the primary basin at the end. (one finger was concrete, one was limestone and one was trail/woods-like) The weather had great conditions and limestone and wooded trail area was still pretty solid with limited-to-no mud which was great. I had heard that area had some flooding recently and if it was 10 degrees warmer, it could have been really "goopy" through the race. Although some might love that.. i wouldn't have.