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Rock Creek StumpJump 50k

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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!

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Miles:This week: 20.00 Month: 46.00 Year: 755.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 211.00
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 284.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 112.50
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 73.50
Race: Rock Creek StumpJump 50k (31 Miles) 04:27:01, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

This article pretty much sums up my day, and this one.  Full report will likely follow... after my report from my June/July races...

Short summary- won the second largest 50k in the country, as aided by some of the pre-race favorites (including runner extraordinaire Max King) taking a very unfortunate wrong turn (and choosing to DNF) before the first aid station.  Rainy and cold makes for some very slick rocks and mud, which just added to the awesome-ness of the day.  Best technical singletrack course I've ever run on (well, El Vaquero Loco and Uwharrie would be closest).  Great course, aid stations, everything- even includes a helicopter shooting footage during the race.  Good day.

Finally made a bit of a race report as part of this blog post

(in case they delete it, here's the newspaper article)

Allen, Bruxvoort win slippery StumpJump

The temperature was ideal but the footing was treacherous Saturday morning, making a StumpJump 50k record very unlikely on the single-track course beginning at Signal Mountain Middle High School.

A wrong turn ensured that it would not happen.

Jonathan Allen of Simpsonville, S.C., was the men's winner in 4 hours, 27 minutes, 3 seconds, and Salomon-sponsored Kerrie Bruxvoort from Broomfield, Colo., was the female winner as expected and 23rd overall in 5:14:15 in the Salomon Rock/Creek Series race.

Favored or not, Bruxvoort almost let victory slip away early in her first trail ultra-marathon east of the Mississippi River.

The first bridge she came to looked slick, she said, so she took a light step and then found herself sprawled out with one leg hanging over the side and her other foot stuck in a board.

"I got passed by about four women and a bunch of men. I thought, 'I'm done, one mile in,'" said the 36-year-old winner by course records of this year's Mesquite Canyon and Greenland Trail 50s, among other ultra victories. "It took me two miles to catch up [to the women]."

Whitney Garcia of Boulder, Colo., was the second female in 5:24:54, and Meghan Shaffer of Memphis was third in 5:33:35.

The top three guys had Colorado connections, too. Allen, 33, moved to South Carolina two years ago after eight years in Utah, but he was a Colorado resident through his high school years. Duncan Callahan, 29, from Gunnison, Colo., was second in 4:32:57. Finishing third in 4:47:20 was Brian Costilow, 38, who lived in Colorado for seven years before moving here last year and running in the 2011 StumpJump.

He grew up in Alabama and lived in Nashville when he ran in the second and third versions of the 11-year-old StumpJump.

Banged up from a "few" falls, Costilow said he "had a little sink" from about 19 miles to 25 or so and then regained his energy. He found himself leading early on when the lead pack, including multidistance star Max King from Bend, Ore., and local standout Johnny Clemmons, went in the wrong direction for a good distance.

"I was the first one behind that group," Costilow said. "I yelled at them -- I even slowed down to try to get their attention -- but I guess they were so focused on their footing and each other that they didn't hear me. A [volunteer] on the course said he told them, but they kept going."

King was clearly disapppointed but philosophical afterward, despite his long trip to compete.

"About 10 guys took the wrong turn -- or didn't take the right one," he said.

By the time they realized their mistake, they had too much time to make up and "about 400 runners" to pass, which would have been very difficult on a single-track trail. So at least most of the group came on in.

King, whose legs were tired anyway from a 100k in Virginia the previous week, ended up running about 24 miles instead of the race's 31-mile distance.

"They have a beautiful trail race here," he said. "I really prefer shorter distances, like half marathons, but I do a lot of ultras."

Allen, who had a couple of scrapes from falls -- "If you don't fall in a trail race, you're not going fast enough," he said -- wasn't with the out-front pack because he missed a turn earlier, about two miles in.

"It only cost me about 30 seconds," he said, "but I fell behind the lead group. When I got to the second aid station I asked them how far behind I was, and they told me about the other guys and said only one guy was ahead of me."

That was Costilow, and Allen ran with Callahan for awhile and eventually passed the Signal Mountain man.

"It was a fun course -- sticky and slick," Allen said, including the mud and moss among the hazards. "I thought I could've been quicker, but a win's a win. And I saw some deer today."

Since moving to the Southeast he's been trying to schedule all of the region's top trail races. He thought about the StumpJump last year but couldn't work it in, he said.

"It's a great race. This was one of the best I've seen," Allen said. "It was phenomenal."

Bruxvoort echoed that.

"The temps were great, the aid stations were wonderful, the volunteers were excellent, and it was absolutely beautiful," she said. "You just had to really slow it down on the sharp turns and the stairs and the bridges. I got off to a bad start, but I was able to get it back together.

"I feel for Max and those guys, though."

Kevin Cook of Atlanta and Whitni McConnell of Athens, Ga., were the 11-mile race winners in 1:22:35 and 1:41:12.

Peak Miles: 31.00
Weight: 0.00
From Jake K on Sun, Oct 07, 2012 at 08:20:16 from

Congrats Jon! I saw yesterday that you... staying on course is part of the trail game - you did it right and ran strong in touch conditions. I figured you were due for a big performance. Way to go man!

From jun on Sun, Oct 07, 2012 at 10:58:03 from

Way to go Jon, that is awesome. How cool it is to run with the top guys.

From Kendall on Sun, Oct 07, 2012 at 11:35:03 from

Congrats on a big win. Paying attention to the markings and course are all part of the game. An elite group and impressive win!

From Cody on Sun, Oct 07, 2012 at 15:53:47 from

Very impressive win! I liked the article too. Way to take out so many big names. Looks like a fun trail.

From Fritz on Sun, Oct 07, 2012 at 16:13:51 from

Great race and win Jon! You didn't need to mention that those others guys DNF'd :) Nice to see the green shorts are still in action.

From c h a d on Sun, Oct 07, 2012 at 19:57:32 from

Alright, so while all of us out here in Utah are running this little marathon thing, you're kicking butt and taking names in one of the biggest races of its kind in the country. Not a bad showing, sir! You rock!

From Kory on Sun, Oct 07, 2012 at 22:24:34 from

Nice work in the condition for the race. Your an incredible athlete. You keep achieving higher each time and there's no end site.

From Bret on Mon, Oct 08, 2012 at 08:45:02 from

Congrats on a great / smart race and the win Jon.

From Adam RW on Mon, Oct 08, 2012 at 19:31:43 from

"If you don't fall in a trail race you are not going fast enough." Nice! And nice win.

From Dale on Tue, Oct 09, 2012 at 09:58:49 from

Nice win!

From Paul on Tue, Oct 09, 2012 at 10:25:55 from

Congrats on the W and in taking some scalps.

From Camillo on Tue, Oct 09, 2012 at 13:37:40 from


it is always fun to follow your adventures, congratulations on a great win!!!

From Bam on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 14:02:57 from

To win the second largest 50k in the US shows that you're the real deal. Congratulations with a serious helping of respect.

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