I’ll be volunteering at the Javelina Jundred for the first time this year. It’s a race I’ve heard stories about for years on ultrarunning websites, race reports, podcast interviews and Twitter, so I am super excited to be traveling to Arizona to experience the event first hand.
In preparation for heading down, my first thoughts were:
- What will the weather be like?
- Where are crew allowed to set up?
- What’s the address of the race?
I dove into the Javelina Jundred 2017 Participant Guide and found answers to all three questions.
The guide says,
Average high temperature is 82 degrees F with an average low of 53 degrees F.
To check out more weather related information, head to page 9 in the guide.
The guide says,
Crewing is only allowed at Javelina Jeadquarters
There were a lot of extra details about what crew were and were not allowed to do, but that one statement, which to me translates to ‘there is only one place to sync up with your runner’, makes the race logistics a thousand times less complicated. Need more details? Scroll to page 14 in the guide.
Directions + Camping
The guide says this is the location of the park,
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85268
On race day there is a familiar exodus of runners leaving in the pre-dawn hours, so I don’t think I’ll have any difficulty navigating from my hotel to this address. I’ll have my GPS in the car, as well as a printed copy of the directions as backup, in case the satellite-gods decide to frown upon me.
For specific details on parking and the (non-existent) runner drop-off zone head to page 7.
The host hotel for 2017 is the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, located at 10438 N Fort McDowell Rd, Fort McDowell, AZ. Page 26 and 27 in the guide have several other hotels listed as well.
Regarding camping, the guide says,
Camping will be available Friday and Saturday nights at the Four Peaks Staging Area (Javelina Jeadquarters, start/finish) for $25 per tent camping unit, $30 per vehicle camping unit, and $50 per RV camping unit.
More details on tent camping, RV camper and camping permits can be found on page 27 of the guide.
Now that those critical questions had been answered I started reading the rest of the guide. I learned that Jamil Coury, the founder and current CEO of Aravaipa Running, has been organizing this race since 2008. He formed Aravaipa Running a year later in 2009.
Then I wondered how many ultramarathoners are searching online for the phrase ‘Javelina Jundred’. I plugged the phrase into Google Trends and dialed it back to 2008, when Jamil took over. The early growth from 2008 to 2012 is most likely a sign of more people having access to the internet and smartphones with the passage of time. The spikes appear to be occurring during the race weekend. Most likely by runners, pacers, crew members, family and friends looking for exactly the same information I was on the website. As well as a surge of racers checking their results following the end of the race.
The Participant Guide + Get Social
Best of luck to all the runners! If you’re heading to the race as a volunteer, see you there!