First, due to severe rain over the prior week (including the night before and during the race) the trails were extremely muddy and basically non-runable. Obviously that's out of the hands of the organizers. So, I will focus on those things they can control.
I only ran the half marathon on this race but with all the extra obstacles that mother nature threw in for free it felt like I ran the 50 miler. It was the most challenging race that I have ever done but in the same instance it was the most rewarding! I can not wait to do it again next year!