I drove to Wichita the day before (Saturday October 10). It's only about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Oklahoma City and straight up I-35. I went to packet pick up first because it was just after noon and only about 4 blocks from my hotel. Pick up went quickly and I soon checked into my hotel. I had taken a small cooler with food and drink so I settled into the hotel, watched the Sooners (OU) beat Texas in 4 overtimes. Boomer Sooner.
The only slightly downside was the hotel would not give me a late check out. I felt since they were the featured hotel for the race, that shouldn't have been a problem. I won't blame the race though, the desk clerk was a bit of a jerk. I sensed that before he said a word.