Last year some dude tripped me in the beginning and I was bleeding in the first 20 minutes or so. This year I wore gloves! Definitely helped! Not that I got tripped again but I did fall once (misjudged a jump) but the impact was much lesser as the gloves absorbed most of the impact! No abrasions.
Only trouble this year was a cold, a bad one. So, it was hard to keep regenerating energy. Body seemed to be a little sluggish.
3 Hours 25 minutes total (forgot to stop Garmin until 3 minutes later)