A couple thoughts from someone who was in the group:
- There were volunteers at the turn where we went the wrong way. They did not stop us from going that way, though I cannot confidently say that they actively led us in the wrong direction. I do not remember a truck blocking the correct route.
- It's not like 5th-15th was all running in one big pack, which seems to be an assumption above. We were broken up into multiple groups, which means they didn't stop subsequent groups after the first group went astray. At one point I saw a volunteer say something to someone in front of me and saw that runner react (now in hindsight, it clearly was "you went the wrong way back there") though for some reason they didn't even say anything to me when I went by after that.
- I actually didn't even know there was a line marking the course and didn't see it during the race. That doesn't mean it's not there (I'm sure it was), but it means this was not sufficient for expecting people to navigate the course. Either the existence of the line should have been communicated to the leaders or there should have been additional measures.
- "my 2c" - look at the course map for the Crim then let me know if you still feel confident about knowing exactly where every turn on the course would be.
- There was poor communication before the race (took multiple emails to get any responses), during the rain delay (going 30+ minutes at a time with no updates), and also during the race (as shown here). It was very surprising for a race of this size that has been run for this long.