"More on the course?" You article briefly mentions a slight drop of 65 feet, which you estimate aids 11 seconds. The majority of the info you have about that race is about the wind that seems to have helped by a minute or more.
I had to skim through a very long article to find you linked to something that was basically not really relevant to understanding Rupp's time.
Why not just say that the course drops by 65 feet, which you estimate to aid about 11 seconds? That would have saved me skimming through a really long recap article from two years ago.
Because they are lacking brain cells. I have run the course and it is slower than a flat course because there is two big hills in the middle of it. Tailwind helps but the brojos should put some effort into their analysis if they are going to be pedantic. Lazy reporting
I linked to the article a) I had just gotten up and hadn't had time to analyze it. I was up to 3 am writing articles about NCAAs for you to read for free and knew that I had written about the Rome course before so I linked to that while I tried to look up the weather info for as the Boston Marathon has shown the wind on a point to point course plays a way bigger factor than an elevation drop and b) I wanted another half-penny from you when you clicked on the article :)
Trust me, while I've never run the course, I can assure you it's an aided course if you get a tail wind. It's just like Boston. Wind matters. Today it appears to be a cross wind.