First things first, it was an outstanding experience and an amazing race all around. I liked the low key approach and filtered athletes that knew what they were doing for the most part. Even though I have never swam the salmon falls river, biked up to Wildcat, or run/hike up to Mt.
Definitely a wetsuit swim - some portions of the river were downright cold (which was great). Also glad we swam against current first half! Watch the rocks on exit! The roads were mostly pretty good though there was a section (maybe miles 21-40?) that were rough.