Javelina Jundred 100 Mile Race
- Is the 2007 Javelina happening for sure? What's the course like? Thanks
- The Javelina course is dangerously benign. Few long trails in the desert Southwest have easier terrain. It is 100% runnable for even
the average ultrarunner. However, the 15.4 mile loop on the Pemberton Trail is pretty typical of the Southwest, with abrasive dirt/dust, pointy rocks on one stretch, the occasional thorny cactus or bush, very low humidity, almost no shade with a cloudless sky, and lots of up and down. Only a few short bits are flat; only one very short bit that I would consider steep. Add it all up, and it spells DNF for many that run aggressively early on. Five weeks in retrospect, I would say that success there is all about (1) finding the right pace early (2) monitoring/maintaining hydration and (3) protection from the elements -- sun protection during the day, cold protection at night, and feet protection from the kitty litter dirt.
- The organization, support, and logistics are nearly ideal. Plentiful aid is every 5.x miles, camping is available within a few yards of the start/finish aid station, very difficult (but possible!) to make a wrong turn, full moon makes for easy nighttime navigation. Each time around the loop is in the opposite direction, so you get to see the leaders and the rest of the field several times. The volunteers are absolutely wonderful (special thanks to Dave Combs and Paula Humpage). Nice finisher's buckle too. I'm very happy that it was my first 100.
Scott Eilerts Santa Fe, NM
- Sandra Powell wrote:
I very much agree with Scott. I tried Javelina in its first year and DNF'ed, going out too fast at the beginning, which is so easy to do. I would recommend good sunglasses, as the glare off the sand can give you quite a headache by mid-afternoon!
Well organized and supported. Camping is available at the race start, but I would recommend going to the camp ground if you want any sleep the night before.
Neat belt buckles this year, but I was a bit disappointed in the goody bag compared to the first time I ran. For the $195 entry fee, we got a shirt, some lip balm, and a bunch of ads in a plastic bag! Would have liked a pre-race dinner, even if I had to pay for it.