The shuttle backup was ridiculous. 1 1/2 hour plus wait when last year was under a half hour. I started almost 45 minutes late. Also hiked over an hour in the mud. Kudos to everyone who pushed through this year.
Starting at the airport was much better for the race itself, sorting things out better before the single track. Next year, everyone will plan to get to the start sooner, given the tricky logistics of everyone filing in at once. Kind of like .. a real airport.