The race course is a 25 kilometer off-road roller coaster on well-maintained XC trails that twist, turn, and roll their way through forests and across pastoral, working farmland. The trails are level, wide (12'), and non-technical with no roots or rocks, but very hilly. Although there are no major climbs the rolling terrain is unrelenting. The surface of the trails is mainly grass and dirt sprinkled with pine needles, pine cones, twigs, and small stones. From time to time runners will be directed off the main trail system and into fields. In the fields the course will follow a path cut by local farmers using their haying equipment. The grass is rough and can vary in height in different places. Some of the cut grass may still be on the path making running more difficult. There are no stream crossings on the course per-se, however, the grass in the fields can be very wet in the morning, and there may be wet and muddy spots if it rains just before the race. The paths in the fields are often not level, tilting severely in all directions.
Bob (looking at his name-tag): Hey....Jose. I'm here to pick up my rental car.
Jose: No problem sir. What is the name on the reservation?
Bob: Gentile. That's G..E..N..T..I..L..E
[Jose begins to furiously type at the keyboard, looking intensely at the screen.]
Jose: Sir, I don't have a record of your vehicle rental in our system.
Bob: No? Don't worry, I've got my shit together Jose. I print out everything. Here's my confirmation. See, I've got my shit together.
[Jose studies Bob's confirmation sheet with a puzzled look, again stares at the screen, then glances at the confirmation sheet yet again.]
Jose: Um, sir, well, that's great that you have your printed confirmation, but the problem is that it is for a rental NEXT WEEK, June 5. That's why you got such a great rate, sir.
Bob: What? Come on. Let me see that. Shit!
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