The race clearly states during registration that they do not start late, regardless of bathroom lines, etc. Bonus! We took off at 8:02am (there was a clock issue) and before I knew it my watched beeped for the end of mile 1. The first mile flew by and I finished in 7:05, mile 2 was a totally different story. That was when the hills started and that was when my legs wanted to stop working and I might have wanted to cry a little (no idea why). Mile 2 was at a 7:55/avg pace and I was just happy to have kept it sub 8 min. Mile 3 started with a slight downhill which my legs were very grateful to see and this mile felt more like mile 1, thankfully. There were a couple of guys who came in hot behind me around mile 2.5 and just stayed there. I get so frustrated when people run that close to me, especially because on all of the turns I either had to cut them off and feel like an a-hole or take it wide and no thank you, I was not about to ruin my race for them. On the last quarter mile stretch I heard them speeding up to pass me and I sprinted my little heart out at a 5:05/avg pace…and beat them all The race was actually 3.25 miles instead of 3.1, but they give you a heads up about that in the registration as well. I finished the race in 23:34, 7:26/min avg pace (I just wanted sub 24) and I finished 3rd in my age group (20-29). Wahoo! I finished 9/176 in the overall female category.