I will be wearing my Garmin but only to log the stats, not to pace myself. Even after reading all the above comments, i'm looking forward to it, getting close, getting nervous now... which is a good thing i think!
Beer garden sounds good. Early weather forecast is for a cloudy day, not sure about winds. Anything between 4:15 and 4:30 will do for me.
Yeah just what you say about the food and drink Bobbin.
I never had hot (home made) stew in any long runs prior to this but it certainly hit the spot and was good to get a hot meal down you. If you're not sure then take a little as i did just to make sure your stomach can handle it. Tea and coffee was on tap and very welcome.
Can i also recommend very flat coke to drink throughout the race. Only very small amounts are enough but makes a pleasant change from energy drinks plus it's full of sugar. Remember this is just my option and make sure you try it on a long training run before drinking it in a race.
I'm sure i saw the course profile somewhere but i just can't think where. The only part you need to think about walking is the short sharp hill at around 3 miles in? Honestly it's really nothing to worry about at all but a good place to get your breath and energy back. The rest is runnable but i did have problems with the tractor tracks we went over around the 8 mile mark. Me and balance don't get on very well when i'm tired
Oh and let's not talk about "another 35 miles" Life will be so much easier when you say "just around 3 more laps!"
The idea of a cotton t-shirt sucks, if it's a technical t-shirt it's not so bad as they last a bit longer but you can have a momento for very little cost. The more runners compete, the less they cost to buy...