hmmmm.... just half a liter of water... that's unusual. Maybe the organizers were afraid of freezing so they didn't leave a bunch of 1-gallon jugs overnight.
Yeah, this is one of my biggest fears in doing NSF events. The organizers are pretty good about keeping enough water out there, but they typically just leave one large (5 gal?) jug out, and replenish it periodically during the race. I've never had a problem in the past, but I'm always worried that they will run out just before I get there.
Thanks, Rob, for the great write-up; and many congratulations to you and Aidan on a superb performance. It was great seeing you on Friday (and crossing paths on Saturday).