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Location:

Marriott Slaterville,UT,

Member Since:

Mar 08, 2006

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Let's see, Finally ran Boston 2004. Broke 100 miles for 24 hours in 2005.  Finished the Wasatch 100 three times now.  4th place in the Across the Years 24 hour race 2007/2008

PR's:

5K - 21:03 (a long time ago), around 23:00 currently

10K - 44:??

1/2 marathon - 1:36

Marathon 3:21

50K - 5:05

50 mile - 8:59

100K - 11:37

100 mile - 22:18

24 hour - 106.65 miles

72 hours - 167.77 miles

2006 Wasatch 100 34:23

2008 Wasatch 100 32:22

2009 Wasatch 100 33:57

2009 2nd place 50-54 age group Striders Winter Training Series

Short-Term Running Goals:

Direct a successful Antelope Island Buffalo run in March 2011, Mountain View Trail Half Marathon in October, and the Antelope Island 50K/100K in November. 

Tenative 2011 race and run schedule - Bonneville Shoreline Trail Marathon, Grandeur Peak fun run, Timp Trail Marathon, Pocatello 50 mile, Western States 100 mile, Vermont 100 mile, Leadville 100 mile, Wasatch 100 mile (yep, trying for the grand slam of ultrarunning), Striders Winter training series, Moab Red Hot 50K, Red Mountain 50K, Survivor Series 10K (Rockford, IL), Grand Canyon Double crossing, Zion traverse, Boise Half Ironman (my first tri).  Might Run the Ogden Valley 50 mile, the Pony Express 50 mile and maybe the Chimera 100 in November.  I'm a memeber of the Wasatch Speedgoat Mountain Racing Team (www.wasatchspeedgoat.com).  One of my major goals is to not embarass the team with poor finishes.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay injury free and still be able to outrun kids half my age.  Stay fit enough to keep up with my grandson.

Personal:

52, married for 30 years to the same wonderful woman, 2 grown kids, 1 grandson.

That's my son and I in the picture at the 2007 Buffalo Run.  He's always a big help and a pretty cool kid.

I direct the Antelope Island Buffalo Run, the Mountain View Trail Half Marathon, and the Antelope Island 50K/100K, all on Antelope Island State Park.  The website is www.buffalorun.org

Come on out and run it, we have a good time.

I post some of my more interesting runs at my blog www.ultrajim.blogspot.com.  Check it out.

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This is my race report for the Antelope Island Buffalo Run.  This is a race that I started three eyars ago and it's grown every year.  This year I had about 250 runners split between the three races.  The 50 mile (starts at 6am), the 50K (starts at 8am), and a 25K (starts at 9am).  As usual, a tremendous amount of work is involved in putting on the race, beginning about 6 months before race day and it's still not over even a week after.

Two new course records were set this year.  Erik Storheim defended last year's 50 mile win with a new course record of 7:04, handily beating the 2nd place runner by over 30 minutes.  Brad Mitchell also defended his 50K title by setting a new record of 3:49 for the distance.  His win was only 4 minutes ahead of the previous record holder, Kevin Shilling.

Other race winners include Milada Copeland winning the women's 50 mile, Eve Davies winning the women's 50K, Billy Peterson winning the men's 25K, and Jennifer Koldewyn winning the women's 25K.

The weather cooperated again this year.  It was very windy the night before and during the race start, but as the day progressed, the wind died down.  The runners were treated to low 30's at the start warming to the upper 40's by the afternoon.  One of these years, the weather is going to be really bad on race day.

A few things were done this year to improve the race, we added a portajohn to the 50 mile turnaround point, moved the Lone Tree aid station to a different location another .4 miles down the trail, and had canopies for each aid station for a little bit of shelter.

As usual, I had plenty of wonderful volunteers who gave up their day to help out at the race.  Some of my volunteers have been with me all three years now.  As with most races, this race would certainly not take place without the volunteers giving their time to help out.

The race went off without a hitch, there were the usual minor items, drop bags not getting back fast enough, a few 50K runners who elected to drop after 25K.  We did have plenty of food and drink at all the aid stations.  Running out of food/drink is always a big concern of mine during the race because it's very difficult to just run to the store to pick up stuff.  The nearest store (WalMart) is well over 10 miles away.

As usual, I waas exhausted after the day's events and felt like I had run the race myself, but I also felt really good that another race was in the books and I can start planning for next year's race.

If you've never run a trail race or an ultra, give the Buffalo Run a try.  Registration opens in mid October.  This year's race filled to its limit in three weeks, howver, I'm in talks with the park to possibly expand the number of entries substantially.  Check out the race website at www.buffalorun.org

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