Miles and miles of spider eyes sparkling along the trail.
Ramen noodles, Hershey’s kisses, and the enjoyment of various refreshments at 3:00AM.
Sounds like the making of a heck of a Halloween party but this bash took place within the Ouachita National forest at the 25th annual Arkansas Traveller 100.
This trail lovin’ party was the largest in race history as 160 runners pinned on the bib race morning with a goal of running 100 miles within the 30 hour time limit. Include a small army of passionate volunteers, friends, family, crews, and weather that had nearly everyone smiling, it was a dandy weekend of creating memories in nature.
The tread in the men’s race this year had extra jalapeno with a handful 100 mile winners lacing them up. 32 year old, Wesley Hunt of Arkansas was back to defend his 2014 win and likely saw more than a few trail ghosts during the final miles on way to set a new Arkansas Traveller course record in 15:36:33. Wesley dropped over 22 minutes from his finish time last year to earn the men’s win for another year.
In her second 100 miler and Arkansas Traveller debut, 40 year old Alison Jumper displayed her keep-it-steady and smile-lots attitude on way to finish 7th overall and win the female race in 19:16:44. Alison’s finish was the 9th fastest in female race history.
Our final official Tough-As Nails finishers were 62 year old Leonard Martin and 53 year old Vincent Swensen who finished with less than six minutes of wiggle room before the 30 hour cut-off.
Something I love about this sport is the diverse age range that comes together to play. From what I can tell, ages 23 to 73 laced them up. Love that. And our 73 year old, Maurice Robinson, completed the entire 100 mile distance but just missed the 30 hour mark by 12-ish minutes.
And something else I love is sharing our athletes Moment from the Trail.
So I asked a few runners:
Could you share the detailed story of ONE specific moment during your Arkansas Traveller 100 adventure that made a special imprint on you?
Enjoy their responses below.
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