Javelina Jundred–Post Race Post #1

The 2008 Javelina Jundred is over. I’ll definitely be posting more about the race in the coming days. I also have lots of photos to sort through and I know there are some good ones. Here are some quick highlights:

Final results for this 100 mile epic are not available yet, but the last race director blog entry at 6:27 A.M. today (Sunday) had 28 finishers under 24 hours with 54 other runners still on the course. I collected similar stats from the results that were physically posted at the finish line at McDowell Mountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona. 147 runners started the race at 6:00 A.M. Arizona Time, on Sunday. 65 runners were official DNF’s, with that number sure to climb. There was a very high attrition rate.

The first overall and first male finisher was Jeff Riley (Oregon) in 16:48. He was followed by Andrew Heard (Arizona) in 17:38, and Brian Krogmann (California) in 18:25. Fourth overall and first female was Jamie Donaldson (Colorado) in in 18:43. She was followed by Deborah Livingston (Connecticut), who was 9th overall in 20:17, and Brenda Corona (California) who was 13th overall in 21:34.

The temperature was a factor. The high temperature was in the low 80’s (F) with a blazing hot sun, even by November standards. There was a slight breeze most of the day, which kicked up quite a bit of dry desert dust. The low temperature was in the mid-50’s (F). That 30 degree differential was the real challenge. You had to be prepared for the heat of the day and the chill of the night, as the heat escaped the desert through radiational cooling.

Trail conditions were dry and dusty with lots of sandy washes and loose rocks. Most of the physical injuries were to ankles and other joints. There were a lot of dehydration related problems and gastro-intestinal problems. Some fall related injuries included bumps, bruises, abrasions, and cactus pokes. I saw a lot of sunburn, and other heat and exhaustion related problems. Of course, these issues are typical in any 100 mile race held in a desert.

Debbie was happy with her result. She was aiming for sub-20 hours and held that pace through the six full laps up to the 91 mile mark. It is likely that the total distance was a bit longer than 100 mile, possibly 101. Regardless, she fell apart on the last short loop (at 2:00 A.M. Sunday) and faded a bit. Nevertheless, she finished strong and ran the final 3.6 mile descent from the last aid station. She is pretty sore, with most of the damage to her quadriceps. Her right knee took a beating and is swollen and stiff. The knee was seizing up and slowed her considerably in the last 30 miles.

I’ll have a full race report and recap of this 100 mile adventure, soon. The Javelina Jundred was a lot of fun. The race direction and support was excellent. RD Jamil Coury, his family, his friends, and his volunteers really gave it their all. As always, I’m sure there were glitches, gripes, and issues, but overall, it seemed like a successful production. The format, with 7 laps sharing three aid stations including the start/finish; made for a controlled and festive atmosphere. The start/finish itself was like a 55 hour tailgate party. It started at 5:00 P.M. on Friday and was still going strong when we rolled out this morning. The cutoff was at noon, then the real clean up was the begin.

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6 Responses to “Javelina Jundred–Post Race Post #1”

  1. 1 frankgiglio 17 November 2008 at 7:54 am

    Glad to see Deb do so well. I made my first 100 miler attempt at the JJ last year and dropped after 100k. Lack of training and “going out to fast”, left me with a damaged knee and and a dnf. Overall great experience!

  2. 2 bteaster 17 November 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Deb, way to go on JJ. what a great time for you first one. hope the recovery goes well…100 is not just 50 miles further than a 50 is it!?

    Scott, glad to hear that you and shep had a good time as well. you are an impressive crew.

    I ran into nikki kimball at the ultracentric in dallas this weekend. we discussed you both. she and scott jurek dropped. scott was at 42 miles, not sure about nikki.

    hope you’re safely back in CT.

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