We had to board the buses to the starting line between 3:30 and 4:30 a.m., so the hotel put out breakfast for us at 3:00. It was bananas, muffins, cold cereal, etc, which is perfect. Believe me, you don't want greasy sausage or anything heavy in your stomach during a race.
I forgot to pack my number belt with the pouch for my nutrition, so I safety pinned my Gu to my tank top. It was actually easier to get to this way. I just tore it off as I needed it, no need to unclip. I may start doing this from now on. I used KT tape on both knees, dressed in layers, and headed out. It was cold and rainy, so I was happy I threw in an extra rain jacket at the last minute. I had found a set of jacket and pants at Gander Mountain for $9.99 and someone else at the starting line found an almost identical jacket at REI for $4.99. At that price, I won't mind tossing it at mile 5 if I no longer need it.
We huddled next to fires at the start until the gun went off around 5:30. It was mostly downhill, through the canyon. The full marathoners passed me near the end. Almost every one of them had a few encouraging words as they passed. I finished, and now have a 4th medal to add to my collection.
I think I saw the Kenyans in my hotel lobby! They passed me early on the course (we had the same finish line, but started 13.1 miles in front of the full marathon). I've never seen the Kenyans before. I should have asked for a picture.