behind the scenes of an ultra
As a member of a super fun running group (#RUNEATTWEETAZ), I got a rare opportunity to volunteer at an amazing ultramarathon right here in the Phoenix area. I volunteered to help @aravaiparunning with social media at the Javelina Jundred (#JJ100). It's a 100 mile and 100k costume party race that takes place at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
This may be one of the worst blog posts ever because unfortunately my camera phone absolutely died when I reached the campsite. How embarrassing to show up to a social media gig and then not be able to take pics. I did get a great sunrise pic on arrival...
I had no idea what to expect; I've never been to this kind of event before. It hadn't occurred to me that the runners would be camping up on this mountain before the race. It was like walking into a tent city. I was immediately struck by the cool, calm vibe at this pace. When I arrived, the 100 milers had started about 30 minutes prior. We were waiting for the start of the 100k.
I was in awe of my surroundings.The scenery there is so inspiring, rolling hills through the desert with cactus and other desert plants. I just wanted to get out there and run!
The 100 mile race consisted of 6 15.3 mile loops + 1 9 mile loop that are run "washing machine" style, where you reverse directions after each loop and keep passing the other runners.
We waited for the 100 Mile runners to finish their first 15.3 mile loop. They looked so unbelievably fresh as they came in. Due to it being right around Halloween and the Day of the Dead, racers are encouraged to wear costumes. I loved seeing them crest the hill wearing everything from chippendale outfits, jesters, cheetas, clowns and more.
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!