Danton's JIM race director report:
The First Annual Jarmans Invitational Marathon was a success! 41
runners started and 31 finished the 29 mile "marathon" with over 7600
feet of gain and loss total.
The weather was unseasonably cool,
yet no rain - ridiculously perfect running weather for August and it
allowed a great group of friends, crew, volunteers, and kids to hang out
at the bottom aid station all day, with very special guest David
"The JIM" is 5 laps of a 1500+ ft climb over 3 miles up
Jarmans Gap Rd, then back down 1500 quad pounding feet over 3 miles to
the start. Runners conversed and cheered each other on all day as they
passed by each other.
We really, really tried to make this race
suck. A terrible hill, 5 times, in August, starting at 12:01pm...but it
did not suck, it was a wonderful day! Damn you perfect weather and
awesome ultrarunning community!!
Nick Dipirro (Crozet Running) won
in a crazy time of 4:21:10 while Rachel Bell Kelley (of Chapel Hill,
NC!) won the ladies race in an equally impressive 5:05:25.
were THREE first time ultra runners today, all of which who finished!!
Michael Dubovsky (2nd place overall!), Mikael Herlevsen, and Andria
Jensen all were initiated into the ultra marathon world today.
were also 2 bear sightings on the course, a train ran through the
course at 1:16pm and stopped runners, and Sophie was charged by a dog.
Thank you to Jen and Marc Lebendig, David Horton, and all the spouses
and families who helped out and supported runners today, and thank you
ultrarunners for just being the incredible people you are!
Bob's notes on JIM:
The mission was doomed to fail. Even if the temps had been in the 90s and muggy, there was no way it was going to suck with so many cool people out there. "Danton" ruined it all with some hilarious pre-race videos. Go check out the JIM facebook page for the videos, pictures, results, and other reports. Thanks to Dan "Danton" Spearin and Jon Andersen for putting this on, and everyone else who contributed. From my own perspective, one time up and down usually sucks more than the 5 times I did on this run.