A little known or respected beast, the javelina (not quite a pig) is a brave creature of the Southwest. Javelina band together in herds of up to 50 to drive off the much stronger coyote and bobcat, but keep a low profile to avoid the vicious puma. As our good friend Owen of Tucson Hammer Camp fame will attest, never turn your back to a wild pack of javelina . . .
Each October, a celebration is held in honor of the underrepresented peccary, the Javelina Jundred run outside Fountain Hills, Ariz. Three hundred ultra runners take part in this super fun, late season 100-mile trail run, many of them competing in costume due to the close proximity to Halloween. Two Hammer-sponsored athletes, Jamie Donaldson and Guillermo Medina, went head-to-head in a terrific battle for the top spot.
Jamie has been a bit of an inspiration to a lot of us here at Hammer headquarters; we admire but do not dare to attempt what she regularly achieves. This was Jamie’s first race after an amazing performance at the granddaddy of ultra events, the Badwater 135. She easily won and set the women’s course record, while placing 3rd overall. Not to take herself too seriously, Jamie started the Javelina Jundred in a lovely bumblebee costume. However, Jamie showed her the eye of the tiger midway through the Javelina, lost the bee outfit due to the rising temps, and got down to business. Not surprisingly, Jamie whittled her competition down to just Guillermo, and the two went head-to-head until late in the race.
Guillermo “Memo” Medina is a longtime ultra runner and a great sponsored athlete to have on board. He has completed well over 50 running races that are 50 miles or greater, and his favorite distance is 100 miles. Memo’s experience paid off at the Javelina; he didn’t bobble when Jamie passed him on lap five on the 15-mile circuit. He bided his time and made a move on the next lap, cruising to a victory in 16:37:53. Just as amazing, Jamie won the women’s division, setting a new course record and coming in 2nd overall at 17:11:32.
Both of these athletes took advantage of Hammer Nutrition’s complete fueling advantage to stay hydrated and fueled in the desert sun. Endurolytes and Hammer Gel were a key factor in their performance, as well as Perpetuem for some added protein and carbohydrate. Both Hammer and the brave little Javelina salute these two for their efforts, and encourage anyone thinking of trying a 100-mile run to fuel with Hammer and give it a go!
Thanks to Jamie Donaldson and Guillermo Medina for their contributions, photos shared from Jamie’s blog.
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