Liza Howard‘s rabbit costume was, uh, fitting this weekend at Javelina Jundred. After months of injury (broken foot), recovery, and rebuilding, the excitement to race again was uncorked to the dismay of her female competition and all but three of the men in the large starting field of 100 milers in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Howard scampered into the lead from the start and held the torrid pace throughout, crossing the line in 15:47 and eclipsing the course record by 1hr 24mins. Brenda Corona ran a great race but was still over four hours back in 2nd (19:57).
Hal Koerner ripped through the seven loops of desert trails, holding off a pesky Evan Honeyfield all day for a course record effort of 13:47. Congratulations to everyone at JJ100.
Around the world in New South Wales Australia records were being buried as well at the Great North Walk 100mi/100k. Four men crossed the finish under the former course record time with Andrew Vize winning in 22:02. For the women’s win (and 7th overall), Meredith Quinlan showed everyone how it’s done in 25:03.
Of course, Western States 100 opened up entry into its lottery on Saturday. One must at least finish a 50 mile race in under 11 hours in order to qualify for the lottery. The aptly named Last Chance 50 took place Saturday in Granite Bay, CA. Jean Pommier continued his fast wins, crossing the line in 5:43 (CR and PR for him). For the ladies, Beverly Anderson-Abbs returned to racing with a bang, finishing first in 7:00 (CR). Oh, and 89 people finished in under 11 hours, so they qualify to enter Western States. They would likely have a better chance at beating Mr. Pommier in a 50k than getting selected to run WS.