At one point, Carolyn ran next to me shouting that I was fast as she passed me. :-| That was right around the part that I almost lost my cookies.
The climb starts straight up from the line for about the first mile then follows a lake around for another mile or so before kicking up in earnest for about 3 miles, and finally easing to a false flat the last 2.
I registered for this today, and my goal is to do it in under 45 minutes, which I feel is ambitious but attainable if I am successful in metering out my effort so as not to blow up. Time will tell.