A true classic and one that you will want to return and do again. Great scenery, well organized and very consistent in what is promised and executed.
First two miles flat....then the toughest climbs are within the next 8.5 miles. You run a nice downhill stretch on the Blue Ridge Parkway, then begin climbing again. The main difference from the first ten miles is that the climbs are shorter and there are several flattish stretches where you can make up time. Pretty shady course and the temps usually work in your favor...seems to get cooler as you ascend.
Hotels are pretty expensive, but they offer a deal to stay one night in a private dorm room which is a great bargain. If you have never done the race, the pasta dinner is a good value and is a valuable opportunity to pick up race info from the more experienced runners.