I didn't train at all and made it through just fine at the Vermont event (Mt.Snow) on Cinco de Mayo. The hardest part was just running up the mountain the entire time. A flat course would be a breeze. Distance training is completely unnecessary as the longest running stint is about 3/4mi. I will say that pulling myself over the Berlin walls was pretty tough after mile 5 or so. I LOVED it and had a blast doing it with my buddies from work. The feeling of accomplishment is the best part.
Tips: stay away from cotton and wear gloves. Under Armor is your friend.
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