Leading the charge this Halloween weekend is the highly anticipated Javelina Jundred. The 100-mile distance has nearly 600 entrants and is a newly minted Western States Golden Ticket race. The 100K race boasts 300 entrants, helping to make this Aravaipa Racing event in Fountain Hills, Arizona, one of the largest event weekends of the entire year.
Both the women’s and men’s races are expected to be hotly contested and, as was the case for Aravaipa’s previous Golden Ticket race, the Black Canyon 100k, and the inaugural Cocodona 250 in May, Javelina Jundred will include livestream coverage.
In her first crack at the 100-mile distance, Austin, Texas up-and-comer Lotti Zeiler said she is coming off of a little head cold but has rebounded from the concussion she sustained in September at the Lake Sonoma 50, “I can’t wait to run for an entire day and maybe more,” she said with a slight chuckle on Tuesday morning. “It’s hard to wrap my head around the distance so I’m just going to show up, have fun and not put too many expectations on myself. It’s going to be crazy competitive. I’m stoked to be somewhere in the mix.” Zeiler boasts a win in each of her first four ultra finishes.
Also expected in the mix is Arizona’s own Tessa Chesser. Chesser says she’s, “Just mainly feeling good and ready to rage. I totally understand there will be discomforts and (am) excited to dig into that feeling again over the course of 100 miles.” This appears to be her second 100-miler after finishing third at Run Rabbit Run in 2019.
The other runners expected to be at the front of the women’s pack include fourth-place finisher at Western States this year, Brittany Peterson, 2017 Leadville 100 champion Devon Yanko and the 100-mile world record holder, Camille Herron.
On the men’s side, winner of last month’s Run Rabbit Run, Dave Stevens, is entered but it remains to be seen how well he has recovered in a short five weeks. Known more for his long FKT efforts in recent years, Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy is on the start list, as well as the 2021 Zane Grey 100K winner and Arizonian Charlie Ware. Stepping up to the distance for the first time, fifth-place finisher in this year’s Canyons 100K, Cole Watson appears poised to make his mark. “Everything’s been done that I can think of to give me the best chance,” he said just a few days out from the battle in the desert.
Other events on the UltraRunning Calendar this weekend include the Last Squatch Standing in West Orange, New Jersey, beginning at the rather pedestrian time of 9 a.m. on Saturday, Autumn Leaves 50k/50m in St. Paul, Oregon, Kal-Haven Trail Run, a 33.5 point-to-point race starting in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the 21st annual Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK 50-miler in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, on Sunday.
What’s Up in Ultra in your community this weekend that we should know about? Drop us a comment below, let us know what we missed, and what’s lighting your fall ultra fire this Halloween weekend. If you’re wearing a costume, please don’t forget that detail too. 🎃