Holy Moses, the Javelina Jundred is coming up in twelve days. I am super scared and super excited. If the stars align and everything goes as hoped, this will be my fifth 100 mile finish.
I have something else I am super seriously excited to announce - I am officially signed up to run my next 100 miler coming up February 15, 2014: The Jackpot Ultra Running Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada!
I am so psyched for this race for a bunch of reasons:
1) The race is put on by Beyond Limits Ultra Running. These guys have an amazing reputation for putting on an awesome race. They are known for great aid stations, a fun atmosphere, cool swag, and huge awards.
2) The course is a 2 mile loop through this 100 acre Cornerstone Park. I LOVE trail races. But this sounds so fun to have a relatively flat course where you can just focus on running. I am intrigued to see what it will be like to run 100 miles without distractions like climbing 1,500 feet in less than a mile going up a mesa. This loop is about half crushed gravel and half asphalt trail (pulled these pictures from their website).
3) No stressing about a bunch of drop bags. You're passing an aid station every two miles. No hydration pack. This thrills me.
4) Loops are fun! Granted, I've never done a short loop course for 100 miles. I have heard these are a big mental challenge but I like challenges. Remember when we did that 1 mile loop Hostess fun run a few months ago? It feels like a fun party atmosphere with all the social interaction that I love with running.
I have wanted to do a loop race like this for a long time but there hasn't been one anywhere nearby. I even thought about organizing my own. So when this innagural race popped up I was so happy. I think it's going to be a blast. I can't wait until February. In addition to the 100 mile race there is also a 6 hour, 12 hour, and 24 hour race. (The cutoff for the 100 miler is 30 hours.)
Weekend in Vegas + Running + Friends + Big Bling = AWESOME. You can get more info about the race HERE. I'd love to spend some miles with some of you peeps!