The three races: Each year, individual races of 100 miles and 50 miles, and a unique and popular six runner, 100 mile team relay race are included in the KEYS100.
This years Keys 100 was won by Dave Carver of London, Ontario, Canada in 17:51:19 and the Womens event was won by Pam Reed in 19:32:19.
Posted on the Ultralist:
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 10:08:50 -0700
From: Matt Mahoney
Subject: Keys 100 non-ultra report
A few stats on the Keys 100:
100 miles: 81 starters, 45 finishers within the 32 hour cutoff. Median finish time 26:16. Range 17:51 to 31:42. Remember this is a flat, road course. About 70% is on paved bike paths or side roads. 30% is on the shoulder of US 1 with cars zipping by at 55 MPH.
50 miles: 99 starters, 84 finishers. Median finish time 11:25. Range 6:55 to 16:36.
85 6-person relay teams. Median finish time 14:50. Range 10:16 to 28:51. I was on the 10’th place team “No Wine-ing” in 12:12, or 7:19/mile average pace. I ran 9 2-mile segments and a 3 mile segment for a total of 21 miles at an average pace of about 6:50/mile. My pace ranged from 6:30/mile in the morning and evening to 7:00/mile in the hot part of the day. Mid-day it was 87 F, dewpoint 67 F, heat index 90. At 24 deg. latitude the sun was almost directly overhead and there was no shade and no clouds. It has a much stronger effect than at higher latitudes. It felt like over 100 degrees. It really helped to dump a bottle of ice water on me at the start of each leg.
The winning team was “Shut the **** Up and Run”, which is from my area, except for their fastest runner from Ohio who ran his 2 mile segments at 5:10/mile pace. Their average pace was 6:10/mile, vs. 5:49/mile last year when they won by 45 seconds. There were 4 reasons for their slower time. First, there was nobody close. They won by almost an hour. Second, they were delayed by a draw bridge for a few minutes early in the race. Third, there was a new rule that required each leg to be at least 2 miles. Last year the top 2 teams were changing runners every 1/4 mile near the finish. Fourth, two of their runners were injured (but ran anyway). Jessica Crate, their only female runner, snapped a bone in her foot at mile 14 of the Boston marathon while trying to qualify for the Olympic trials. She limped in to a 3:04. Steve Chin, her boyfriend who usually finishes
behind her, has hardly run since his 2:52 at Boston due to plantar fasciitis. I train with them and the other guys (John Davis, Shane Streufert, Pedro Toledo), or at least try to for the first part of their run until they drop me. No pain, no gain.
I had attempted the Keys 100 in 1993 as my first 100 miler. I only made it 62 miles before my feet swelled like balloons and every step was pain, so I quit.
It took me 4 tries to finish a 100. The original race was in December, which I recall had about the same heat and humidity as in May, probably due to being near the warm ocean. Since then, a lot of new bike paths have been built. Back then it was about 80% roads. After 1993 the race was not held again until a few years ago. The 1993 race started at 6 PM in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid the heat. Now it starts at 6 AM.
Running on a relay team, finishing 2 hours before dark, going out to dinner and sleeping in a motel sure was a lot easier than running all night in the 100. So I’m a wimp. I had fun anyway.
— Matt Mahoney,
Checkout the full results at the Keys 100 website
Keys 100 Relay Tips for running an ultramarathon relay
Keys 100 Mile Race Results – Finishers
|2||Ninke||Joe||18:22:46||1 M Un|
|9||Garcia||Hernan||22:23:10||2 M Un|
|11||Latorre||Tomas||23:13:28||3 M Un|
|13||Frazeur||Rochelle||23:30:26||1 F Un|
|28||Aistars||Juli||27:26:16||2 F Un|