The Javelina Jundred, famous for its festive atmosphere and athletes running in costumes, is the final event of the 2020 season, which this year has been so heavily affected by the health restrictions and event cancellations. Gaoligong by UTMB®, which had been scheduled to close the Ultra-Trail® World Tour 2020 season in December, has now also been cancelled, as well as the 100 Miles of Istria, Trans Jeju, Penyagolosa Trails HG, Salomon Cappadocia Ultra-Trail®, Ultra-Trail® Australia, Patagonia Run and the Ultra-Trail® Cape Town. Nevertheless, the Ultra-Trail® World Tour has been alive still with 7 events taking place this year across Europe, Asia, Russia and the United States.
After the Ultra-Trail® Ninghai in China, it is now the turn of the Javelina Jundred in Arizona to gather the UTWT community together for the last event of the season. Having established specific sanitary measures for the event, the race director received the green light from the authorities to welcome 540 runners over the course of the Halloween weekend, from October 29th to November 1st.
"In order to comply with local regulations, we have reduced the number of runners participating and increased the duration of the event. Instead of all the athletes setting off together on Saturday morning, we are organising wave starts from Thursday evening all the way until Sunday. Normally, we have nearly 20 countries represented amongst the participants, but due to the restrictions in place, it will primarily be American athletes taking part this year. Other important measures include ensuring no more than 200 runners are on the course at the same time, and that they run each loop clockwise instead of changing direction for each lap", explains the Race Director Jamil Coury.
The Javelina Jundred takes place in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Arizona, with the mountainous terrain of the Sonoran Desert and large saguaro cacti that shape the landscape. The course is hilly and doesn't have long climbs, which makes it an ideal terrain to run a fast race. The participants have 30 hours to complete the race, which consists of 5 loops of a 32km distance.
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Several American athletes will take their mark on the start line, such as Tim Tollefson, who has picked up 3rd place twice in the UTMB® Mont-Blanc, and Nick Coury, who has twice participated in the 24 hours representing the USA.
In the women's category, Camille Herron, who holds the world record for the 24 hours and 100 miles, will be competing in the Javelina Jundred for the first time this year. She joins her compatriot Nicole Bitter who also holds solid performances in the 100 miles, with several top 10 finishes in the Western States 100.
If they want to go down in the record books for the race, the top athletes will have to improve the times of Patrick Reagan (13:01:14) and Devon Yanko (14:52). Will we witness the first runner to make it under the 13-hour mark? One thing which is certain is the temperature that the athletes will have to contend with, around 29 degrees on the day of the race.
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