It had rained that week, including the night before the race. The park that the course is on is very flat, low-lying ground next to Lake Allatoona. It doesn’t drain well at all, and mud often lingers long after a significant rain. The race was delayed by two hours so that the race promoters could groom and maintain the course to minimize the muddy spots, and more importantly, so that the racers would not do too much damage to the trail. It worked. There were plenty of small muddy spots, throughout the course, but it was far from the mud-fest that was predicted.