I am still new to the ultra running culture. I have not done an ultra but I am building myself up to one day do ultras. I love trail running, I love being in nature, and I love how positive the trial running community is. My goal for 2015 is to attend and volunteer at more running events. I love the energy at races so why not go out and enjoy it even if I am not running. The Javelina Jundred was on November 1st at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Arizona. This race was put on by Aravaipa and featured a 100K and 100 miler. The 100 miler is the last qualifier for Western States 100. If you don’t know what Western States 100 then you might want to know it is basically the grandfather of Ultra Running. Gordon Ainsleigh stated the race and is the grandfather to ultra running. He is an ICON in the sport. I had the pleasure of seeing Gordon run at Javelina Jundered. To me it was like seeing Picasso paint or Beethoven play music. It was inspiring to see this man who is so important to a sport participate and FINISH! One of my beautiful and amazing friends who is involved in the Ultra Running Community, Maria Walton, provided me with these photos of Gordon while he was in Arizona. Seeing that photo of him finishing brings me such joy and happiness.
I decided to go out and watch the Javelina Jundred and cheer on some friends who were running. I unfortunately couldn’t volunteer due to have the kids but I decided to make it a fun outing for them. I believe that children should be outside and in nature as much as possible. Too many kids are wrapped up in sitting in front of the tv. I love taking them to events where they see strong positive people doing amazing things! Javelina Jundred is always near Halloween so the encourage people to dress up. I ended up having the kids wear their Halloween costumes and a lot of people got a kick out of it. Landen was a giant spider which I think fits right in with trail running.
When we arrived I was BLOWN AWAY by the number of runners. I have never been to such a BIG ultra running event. I knew that this race was bigger then normal especially since it is a Western State Qualifier and the fact that Utlra Sports Live TV was there. We had to park and take a bus in and when we got off the bus all I saw was tents…everywhere! It was crazy and made me so excited that this many people loved to run and where there being a part of this race!
I decided to head to the start line to see if any of my friends were coming through for another loop. I ended up running into a lot more people then I thought I would and was happy to hear that all my friends were doing well and still running.
While at the start line my friend Miguel introduced me to The Tarahumara. If you don’t know who The Tarahumara are I HIGHLY recommend the Book Born to Run. You can purchase it through amazon http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-Hidden-Superathletes-Greatest/dp/0307279189 Miguel had the pleasure of meeting them at The Born To Run Race back in May. He talked about how amazing his experience was running with them. I wondered over to a table that they had set up with different trickents you could buy. I knew I wanted to get something and found something perfect! A MAROON and GOLD leather bracelet. If you know me personally you know that I am a huge ASU SUN DEVIL FAN. It was amazing to see the Tarahumara runners run and will cherish witnessing it. This bracelet now goes with me everywhere!
After spending a few hours watching runners and seeing friends it was time for us to leave. The kids enjoyed running around in nature and I enjoyed seeing runners accomplish goals. I even thought to myself maybe one day I can run the Javelina Jundred. After leaving I went home and watched the Live feed that was Utlra Sports Live TV provided online. Some of my friends, Tim and Amanda were able to complete their first 100K. My other friend Cristine finished the 100 miler! It is crazy how amazing these friends I have made through running are. I even decided to ask a few of them some questions regarding their experience at Javeline Jundred. I will be doing anothing blog post about their answers next week.
PEACE LOVE RUNNING!