The USATF 100-mile highway nationwide championships are set to run on Saturday close to Las Vegas, at Aravaipa Working’s Jackpot Extremely Working Competition. Whereas the the elite races are certain to be thrilling, maybe essentially the most intriguing race of the weekend will come within the M80 masters division, which options 5 octogenarians.
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Racing at 80
The 5 males racing within the M80 division on Saturday are Edward Rousseau, 83, Denis Trafecanty, 80, Ian Maddieson, 80, David Blaylock, 80, and Todd Leigh, 81. All 5 have raced a 100-miler up to now 12 months (Rousseau raced a 48-hour race, however he ran a complete of 108 miles), and Maddieson is the one member of the group who has but to run this explicit 100-miler.
Rousseau’s final pure 100-miler got here in 2020 (when he was first beginning within the 80-plus division) on the Jackpot. That day, he ran to an amazing 30:07:25 consequence. Whereas three years have handed since his final journey to Jackpot, Rousseau continues to be going robust, and he has run eight races since then, together with a 303-mile (488K) consequence on the 2021 Six Days within the Dome in Wisconsin.
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Trafecanty, Blaylock and Leigh all raced the Jackpot 100 in 2022. Blaylock, then 79, ran a stellar 31:56:28, three hours forward of Trafecanty and Leigh, who ran the very same time of 35:01:47 after 100 miles of operating (presumably they ran collectively deliberately). Maddieson’s most up-to-date 100-miler got here on the Throughout the Years extremely in Phoenix in December, when he posted a time of 35:44:22.
If these current outcomes are any signal of what’s to return on Saturday, Rousseau and Blaylock could lead the cost in what might be an exciting head-to-head battle. On the similar time, Trafecanty, Leigh and Maddieson, all of whom have run 35-hour 100-milers up to now 12 months, will make issues fascinating in a battle for the rostrum.
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The elite competitors will not be fairly as inspiring because the M80 race, however it will likely be a lot thrilling. Zach Bitter, the 2021 Jackpot 100 winner and USATF champion, will return to Las Vegas searching for one other nationwide crown. Saturday’s race will mark Bitter’s third 100-miler in as many months (he received the Brazos Bend 100 in Texas in December and completed third on the Rocky Raccoon 100, additionally in Texas, in February). Within the ladies’s race, the highest eight seeded runners have by no means raced the Jackpot 100, which may arrange an exciting rookie battle for the nationwide title.
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