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5k x 100 World Record Attempt

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Feb 24, 2007



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5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:


Enjoy running, stay fit (and maybe lose a few pounds)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon


I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 9.00 Month: 89.00 Year: 1251.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 228.50
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 409.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 208.00
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 225.50
Race: 5k x 100 World Record Attempt (3.1 Miles) 00:16:24
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

AM- 2.5 miles backpacking out from the camping trip, then 7.5 miles and 1000 ft climb at PM with Barry in 1:16.  Went slow to save energy for the 100x5k World Record attempt- I run at 10 pm tonight.

I'm also getting excited for my September Ultra Race of Champions- latest entrants include Jason Bryant, Duncan Callahan, and Michael Wardian! 

PM- World record, baby!!!  The Greenville track club is trying to set the official Guinness World Record for 5k x 100 relay world record, meaning 100 people each run a 5k on the track, relay style, 12.5 laps per runner (yes, we have to carry a baton for all 1250 laps).  WR right now is 30:56:49, and we were trying to go sub-30 hrs.  Started at 8 am, I was supposed to run at 9:52 pm as runner 49.  Arrived an hour early to find they were already 33 min behind predicted time of 29:10.  My position was sandwiched between some of my lunch run buddies, which was nice.  Temps were a bit warm (77 deg) and a bit humid- warm enought that I only wore my green shorts, no shirt.  

I warmed up and felt ready for my leg.  I wanted to break my (admittedly slow versus my marathon) 5k PR of 16:35, which would be a stretch for running entirely by myself in humid weather.  Goal was 16:29, with all lap times of 77-79 sec.  Actual splits were 77, 81, 76, 79 (5:14 first mile), 78, 78, 79, 78 (10:30 2 mile), 80, 80, 79, 79 (15:49 3 mile), and a 200m sprint of 35.  Final time was 16:24.  Ongoing relay time here.  There were only 2 runners faster than me in the first 50.

I was very happy- setting an 11 second PR while running completely by myself!  Marci and the girls had a lot of fun cheering me every lap and trying to run beside me on the infield, and it was great to wave to them.  There were a ton of volunteers cheering and a DJ playing 3 songs I had chosen.  Runner 50 finished with us on pace for 30 hrs 4 min.  A fun time at a unique event.  Hopefully the 3 am runners stay strong and we set the WR.  Either way, I have a new 5k PR.  Next goal is the set a 100 mile PR in 2 weeks (wonder how many people set a 5k PR and a 100 mile PR in 15 days...).

UPDATE: They finished the relay in 30 hrs, 1 min, 14.01 seconds.  Beat the world record by 55 min, 32 seconds. 

XT Wings Miles: 7.50Tangent 3 Miles: 6.50
Weight: 0.00
From Burt on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 02:01:44 from

That sounds pretty cool. Great job on the PR!

From jtshad on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 08:14:48 from

Congrats on getting a new PR. Sounds like you had fun!

From Rob Murphy on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 08:15:05 from

That's great Jon.

You know, your blog posts recently have got me thinking. A few years ago when I moved from Greenville to Utah, it was a real shot in the arm for my running.Now I see how well you're doing in Greenville and I'm thinking that sometimes change might be good no matter what it is.

From Faceless Ghost on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 13:29:49 from

That's cool. It may be pathetic to you, but I still haven't broken 17, so your PR sounds pretty fast to me.

Will you update when you know if the club got the record?

From Paul on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 15:54:02 from

Congrats on the WR. Never thought I'd write that for anyone...

And congrats on the PR. That's pretty cool to get a 5K PR at age 32 or whatever you are. You rangey beast.

From Cody on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 16:31:07 from

Super cool! The WR is yours! And a few of your closest friends...

From Dave S on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 17:09:00 from

Great job! That sounds like a fun thing to be a part of. Awesome that you could contribute in such a big way with a PR.

From Adam RW on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 21:48:08 from

Spectacular! Congrats on the PR and doing it as part of something that will be in the record books for awhile. How long ago was the old record set? Do they have a list of all 100 5K times? How did you fit in that mix?

From Jon on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 22:03:40 from

Adam- the old record was set in March, so not long ago. I ended up being the 7th fastest person.

From Adam RW on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 23:49:58 from

Well I hope this one stands a bit longer (or that I get to join you on the next attempt...).

From Superfly on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 18:08:07 from

Wow. I'm even more cool just because I know you. Good job on a great PR in the 5k.

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