In this Javelina 100 Mile Race Report, runner Delaney H gives her honest review of the annual Halloween run in Fountain Hills, AZ. That includes tips for how to stay cool in the desert, gear she wished she had, and the low-down on rattlesnakes.
“Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner: Ice in a bandana and in the arm sleeves is helpful. Stay wet during the day. The volunteers are amazing, let them help you out with the ice. I will get a better headlamp. Lots of people saw rattlesnakes on course. I feel like I want as much light as possible so I don’t accidentally encounter one!”
Delaney’s Javelina 100 Mile Race Report
Race: Javelina 100 Mile
Runner: Delaney H
Race Date: 10/27/2018
Location: Fountain Hills, AZ
3 Bests – What aspects of the Javelina 100 Mile race did you like the most?
- The energy! This race is a party from beginning to end!
- The desert is beautiful!
- There are lots of people on the course and in camp, so you’re never alone long and is super well supported.
Not so much – Aspects of the Javelina 100 Mile race that didn’t do it for you
- I actually didn’t mind so much, but it’s pretty hot during the day and it caused a lot of DNFs.
- Rattlesnakes on the course!
- More ports-potties would’ve been nice.
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about the Javelina 100 Mile?
Everything about this race is weird in the best possible way! Runners are in costume, volunteers are dressed up, aid stations offer beer and shots and pumpkin pie and pizza…it’s awesome!
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
It was hot but I actually liked it and I was able to manage the heat well. The course is runnable. I was able to maintain a fairly steady pace throughout and was able to run well right up to the end.
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the Javelina 100 Mile race to help the next runner
Ice in a bandana and in the arm sleeves is helpful. Stay wet during the day. The volunteers are amazing, let them help you out with the ice.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
I will get a better headlamp. Lots of people saw rattlesnakes on course. I feel like I want as much light as possible so I don’t accidentally encounter one!
Most important course-specific knowledge to know about the Javelina 100 Mile trail
It’s ok to take it easy during the hot part of the day. If you save a little something, the night cools down and you can really cruise!
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
It’s SO beautiful! I love the forest and the mountains, but this scenery was absolutely magical!
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
The course itself is not tough. There’s a rocky stretch that will slow you down, but it’s only a couple miles long. The heat is really what makes it tricky.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
Unbelievably well run. There were something like 800 runners and everything moved like clockwork. The RD was amazing. Every time a runner came through, she was cheering them on.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
Lots of strong runners. The course is known for being a fast one if you can beat the heat.
Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the Javelina 100 Mile race happen.
It’s not a cheap race, but it’s well worth the money. I stayed at the host hotel the first night, then moved to tent city the night before the race. The accommodations are fantastic in both spots.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Jackass Junction after dark is something every runner should experience! The volunteers at every aid station were wonderful. The normal goodies were offered (chips, coke, potatoes, pickles, gummies, etc.) plus pumpkin pie, and shots.
Weather and typical race conditions
Hot during the day, cooler at night.
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
A bandana for ice is helpful. A wide-brimmed hat is also a key piece of equipment.
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
Spectators/crew can hang at Jeadquarters. This is a loop course, so spectators can see their runner every 20 miles.
How’s the Swag?
Great! This year there was a cooler bag with sticker pack, t-shirt, and a buff. The expo also has an assortment of goodies for sale.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give the Javelina 100 Mile race and do you recommend that others run it?
5 out of 5 stars! I’m already planning for next year!