Thursday, November 13, 2008
Off to Fountain Hills, Arizona we go for the Javelina Jundred 100 Mile Trail Run on Saturday. Complete with a costume contest, JJ100 is the last 100 mile race in the 2008 USA ultra running season. Starting at the Pemberton Trailhead in McDowell Mountain Regional Park, the course consists of six (6) washing machine loops, plus a half loop, on the very runnable 15.4 mile Pemberton Trail (see course map below). The gently rolling single track trail through the desert is completely exposed, providing great views of the surrounding mountains, but, offering little protection from the sun. The terrain varies between packed gravel, sandy washes, dirt jeep roads, and rocks. The washing machine loops (alternating directions - clockwise, counter-clockwise, clockwise, and so on....) give runners the opportunity to see the trail going in different directions. Each loop has approximately 800 feet of vertical gain and descent.
Loop Elevation Profile
There will be plenty of friends to see at JJ100 this year, including Bob Gentile, making his 3rd attempt at completing the 100-mile distance, George Velasco, Leigh Corbin, fellow Badwater crew member Peggy Gaudet, and Chris and Susan Pulick of G.A.C. Also running (with a very last minute entry decision) will be friend and Badwater champion Jamie Donaldson. If she were fully rested (she is coming off of Badwater and the 24 Hour World Championshiops in Korea), Jamie would be sure to give Michelle Barton (2006 JJ100 women's winnter) a run for her money. Check out Karl Meltzer's blog and his post "...some scary odds at the Javelina Jundred full moon gathering" for Karl's thoughts and odds on who will win JJ100.
The race has a fairly low historical finishing rate, likely due to a few factors, including, the desert heat, lack of shade, runners going out too quickly, etc... Never in the history of the race has more than 65% of starters finished, and last year only 49% of the 132 starters crossed the finish line (with only 20 of those 65 finishers hitting the sub-24 hour mark).
JJ100 gives out several awards to the finishers (in addition to the winners) - Best Ass, Congeniality Award, Most Memorable Performance, Top Team (best 2 person time....must be related), Youngest, Oldest, First Virgin (best of the JJ100 first-timers), and Dead Last.
Pink represents the main trail loop (6 loops of 15.4 miles). Green represents the final, short loop (7.2 miles). Blue represents "oops, you went the wrong way". There are 3 aid stations (Javelina Jeadquarters, Coyote Camp, and Jackass Junction) - about 5 miles separate each.