Ok, I have no idea what my actual place was because tjhey only do times for the first 125 overall males and females. I was pacing my friend Lisa from the neighborhood who I had last paced in May of 2012. Her old PR was a little over 24 minutes so she wanted to break that. Looking at last year's times I was pretty sure she could be in the top 125 as well (and earn a coffee mug).
Last time I paced her we went out too fast and faded a lot. Did much better this time with splits of 7:14, 7:19, and 7:24
Warm up consisted of some easy jogging and a few strides a little bit before the race started.
Starting line is a madhouse, but it gets manageable about a quarter mile into the run. There's no chip timing, just a gun start and race cards at the end. She takes off quickly especially once we are through the thickest part of the crowd. Slows a little bit for the second mile but still ahead of goal. During the third mile I thought she was going to fade a lot. There's an uphill of 46 feet which is a "monster" hill for these parts. I hear her yell at herself a few times which seems to help.
She ended up about 75th place overall for females, so earned a mug and smashed her old PR. I had a ton of fun which was good since I wasn't feeling quite race ready but happy to help someone out.