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I was marvelling at beach pictures in Florida, shaking my head at the crowds. Then I walked my dog to the skateboard park 5 minutes from my house. It was jammed with indestructibles (youngsters). The hoops court next door as well. This thing is not going away any time soon.
It's a trail run, so you need to set aside any preconceived notions (or road notions) about how long this will take and how hard it will be. This is basically a very, very long speed hike, and the hardest part will be nutrition and mental. Are you figuring 12-13ish hours for a finishing time?
Anyway, I would never talk you out of something like this. Especially in your neck of the woods.
The count of bikes, wheels, components, helmets, etc... will tell us a lot about who is successful at last-minute marketing, free product giveaways, and not a whole lot about the actual marketplace or what keeps bike industry companies in business.