Last on the program is a 12 km run through the Golden Gate Recreation Area to the Baker Beach Battery and back to the marina. Looking at the elevation map there is two steep hills with close to 75 meter elevation in the middle of the run. This makes it a tough run where it's smart conserving energy throughout so that you have enough when it gets flat at the end.
These are not just normal hills though. Instead of building just steps that are solid, they have made a sand ladder that looks absolutely dreadful. In the videos I've seen so far even the professional athletes use their arms to pull themselves upwards because of slippery surface. This is by far the crux on the run leg and will either make or break the athletes attempting to escape.
After a quick turn at Baker Beach Battery the run will follow the same path back, which at some places will result in very crowded or narrow passings. In order to not get stuck behind slower runners in these sections there might be a need to think tactically while running, deciding where to burn or conserve energy.
The entire race seems very exciting and inviting to me, and I can't wait to do it. For now though I'll have to make do with looking at videos and training like a champ so that I'll be able to complete it in style!