Saturday November 4 , 2006
Javelina Jundred 100 mile trail race

Michelle places 1st female
and 4th overall with a time of 19:42:31

The Javelina Jundred 100 mile trail race is held at McDowell Mountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona.  They select the weekend closest to Halloween that has a full moon through the night.  Runners are encouraged to wear costumes.  There are prizes for the best. 

The 101.6 mile course consists of 6 laps of 15.4 miles each on the Pemberton Loop trail that are run back and forth washing machine style.  Odd numbered laps clockwise and even counter clockwise. The 7th is a partial lap that goes half way around and then cuts straight back - all a fast downhill - on the Tonto Tank Trail.

Michelle arriving at the aid station.
(photo by Andy Kumeda)
Split times for each of the 15.4 mile laps were recorded for each runner.  Michelle had the 3rd fastest lap of anyone AND it was on her 6th and final full lap!  The guy who had the 2nd fastest individual lap came in some 6 hours behind Michelle. 

Michelle finished almost 4 hours before the 2nd place female, 13th overall Kristen Farley at 23:35:49

Her Halloween themed, rhinestone loaded, first place female trophy!

Michelle's gold belt buckle award.
The top 10 overall finishers get a gold buckle. Others who finish in under 24 hours silver buckles, while those who beat 30 hours get bronze.


Michelle is a true champ in every sense of the word!  smiles galore.  always positive. 
This girl knows the meaning of friendship!!!! 
Leigh "turbo" Corbin

Photos by Will LaFolette
I really enjoyed having you at our race!  You were always so happy and looked so graceful when you ran. You really kicked some ass! A lot of guys got CHICKED because of you! You should be very proud of yourself! You rock!  I hope to see you at another race soon!  Take care!  Jimmy Wrublik - Race Director - Javelina Jundred

Michelle running along with Nathan Haws

I just found out that my friend out here, came in…. first female…. in a 100 mile running race……AMAZIING!!!!!! Lynn Baran 

O....M....G!!!  a hundred mile run?????!!!!!!!!!!!  I can't even comprehend that distance ...... running!!!  Geezis... that certainly IS AMAZING, indeed!  And so wonderful.  Tell her the entire East Coast is amazed!!! Response from Lynn's friend

2006 Ultra Queen of the desert

Michelle Barton was going strong all day and night, looking every bit the ultrarunning goddess as pictured on the October UltraRunning magazine cover.  Plus (unless I was hallucinating at mile 91), AFTER she finished, she ran back out and paced a friend the last couple of miles to the finish.  Another WOW! Scott Eilerts, Santa Fe, NM

Michelle with finish line race mascot "skinny"!

Other unique Halloween based trophies

Devil horned Michelle with ultra friend Gabor Kozinc during the 2005 Javelina Jundred.
(This photo is used on the home page)
Michelle ran the Javelina Jundred last year and dropped at mile 77. 
This year was an amazingly different story.


What all did you do different to prepare this year VS last for the Jundred? 
I have gained a lot of valuable race experience between Javelina Jundred 2005 and the present time (exactly one year later). My 2005 Javelina DNF at mile 77 was mostly due to my feet feeling like the tendons and arches were ripping apart and exploding. I feel the bottom line was I wore the wrong shoes and I paid the price.

I wasn't about to make the same mistake twice. Two weeks after JJ100 2005, I won the San Diego AUA 12 hour national championship and broke the women's course record by running 69.3 miles on a 1-mile loop course. The first place man finished less that a mile ahead of me. I realized running in circles wasn't so bad because you always there are always people around and I love to feed off the energy of people, especially my friends. My daughter Sierra (age 5 at the time) and one of my best friends Andy Mathews from Florida crewed me for the race. It was a wonderful experience. I ended 2005 by running the Ridgecrest 50k.

One of my goals for 2006 was to have a solid 50 miler. I ran the Avalon 50 miler on Catalina Island and I fell in love with the course of private rugged beaches, many buffalo sightings and ocean views for miles. I ran the race with my good friend Don LeRoy of Laguna Niguel and we finished strong in 9:17 with energy to spare. Next on the list was the Rocky Raccoon 100 miler in Texas. I finished in 27:07 with Andy Mathews, who paced me, but I had a horrible time at night staying warm. At mile 80-I ran to the car to put on my pajama's because my teeth were chattering and I was shivering and frozen. Here's the story

Two weeks after my first hundred mile finish at the 'Coon, I ran the Orange Curtain 100k.  Dean Karnazes sent me a motivating email the night before the race something to the tune of "This is YOUR race", so I took his advice and I won first overall and beat all the guys in 10:24. After the OC100k I ran the Way Too Cool 50k, the Leona Divide 50 mile, Miwok 100k, PCT 50 miler (make it 44 miles, stopped when I started peeing blood), Bishop 60k (long story, but I made up my own race distance), Western States 3-day training (Fast Ash and I ran 100 miles in 4 days) My awesome fast friend Ashley Idema (AC 100 CHAMP) and I have made WS camp a 3-year tradition. June was the Holcomb Valley 33-miler (placed 1st in age).

I paced the famous Winged God Gordy Ainsleigh at Western States, Tahoe Rim 50 miler, Bulldog 50k (1st overall female), Mt. Baldy Run To The Top, Endurance 50 marathon #19 with Dean Karnazes and James Bonnett in Surprise, Arizona. Two days after running with Dean, I won first overall female and 5th overall at the Saddleback Mountain Marathon in the Cleveland National Forest.  and

Almost forgot - I also wore my two MAGICAL bracelets to keep me motivated during the run.

"Don't Quit" bracelet made by Andy Mathews and his daughter in Florida

Mischa is Michelle's new nick name. Michelle was a model for super hero character Mischa Redblur Ultra Sorceress in a Lost Worlds Fantasy Combat game.

Both Michelle and Leigh "Turbo" Corbin made bracelets from inspirational EMails that the famous ultra runner Dean Karnazes sent them.

Between being the best Mom to my sweet 6 year old daughter Sierra, training and coaching the Laguna Beach girls Cross Country team and working at Fleet Feet Sports in Laguna Niguel, CA, It's been a great year of fun!!

Specific details....
Compare the two years in terms of running how often,  How far and how intense?
Same, probably less running and more x-training. Also more racing experience. Food and drinks differences.  I used all liquid nutrition for Javelina. Although I didn't really plan that ahead of time. Solid's just didn't sound good. I used 20 GU's, 4 packs of Clif Bloks and 4 Trader Joe's Protein smoothies. Clothes.  It was warm at JJ. I wore a HIND jog bra and Nike tempo track shorts and a Fleet Feet Sports cool-max-T at night when I picked up my awesome pacer James Bonnett. Shoes.  I wore Mad Rock Apex for the entire race. No hot spots, black toenails or blisters. I wore SOLE performance socks generously sent by Dean's connections at SOLE. I wore heat molded Dean Karnazes footbeds (the ones you cook in the oven). Tapering procedure?  I'm not real big fan of tapering. I took off running 3 days before the race. I continued to mountain bike and swim.

Do you think all the cross training with your biking and swimming helped a little, a lot or irrelevant & just fun?
Yes, it helps and it is FUN to switch things up. I love riding my mountain bike on my trail and swimming always feels so good (as long as the pool is heated).

Any one thing that made it a totally different experience this year?
I had the best pacer in the world and an awesome crew experienced hundred mile finisher Andy Kumeda. I had neither crew nor pacer last year. I used to think pacers and crew were only for front runners, but I changed my mind. A crew and pacer keeps me accountable. And I need that.

Conditions - temperature extremes?  Presume you would have done great in this race even if it got to 105 degrees like last year?
It only got up to 90 degrees during the day and I love running in the heat anyway.  Never got below 50 degrees during the night.

How far were you into before you were 100% confident you were going to make the distance? 
I know I was going to make the distance this year, no matter what. I was mentally ready for any road blocks and I stayed strong the entire day into the night. I wanted to be competative and mentally stay foecused and tough. Last year you didn't.

What were the bad physical and mental feelings/symptoms that happened in the past that caused you to give up and drop, that just didn't show up this time?  Why?
Not enough sodium, too little protein, not enough training at distances over 50k.

Forgot if this race required weigh-ins and if so - how you varied through the run?
No idea.  I didn't weigh myself. Actually, James asked me to weigh in the morning after, because we joked about how we usually both gain weight during an ultra. Go figure. Well, I weighed 110 with my shoes and clothes on. I might have dropped a pound or two.

When did you first know you had a chance to win 1st female?
On the second lap, at mile 24 when I passed the first place girl from Canada. I didn't really plan to lead the women's race that early on, but my pace felt entirely comfortable so I went with it. I didn't even look at my watch the entire race. I didn't even start my stopwatch. I run for fun and go how I feel. I never keep track of anything. I don't keep a training log.

Were you ever worried in the least after that about any other of the runner ladies? (I am thinking how you had to push, push at the Saddleback Mountain Marathon because of the 2nd place girl.)
No, I wasn't worried too much after the 3rd lap. The gap kept spreading and spreading.   Yes, I worked so hard for my win at Saddleback, Guillermo Medina pushed me really hard because he knew how much I wanted to win. My legs were feeling dead from running with Dean and James in Arizona two days prior.

Michelle with super pacer James Bonett

How much does a pacer and crew really help? 
A good pacer helps immensely. I can not imagine running 19:42 at Javelina without James, he was crucial in my success of breaking 20-hours. This is a good time to mention that James finished Western States 2005 in the same exact time of 19:42. Over the 40 miles and Javelina, we learned how many freakish things we have in common. I've lost count. What exactly are they helping you with mentally?  Mentally staying fresh and focused. A pacer helps you push beyond and reminds you to eat and drink and keep your energy level and calories at a constant. Plus, it's a lot more fun to run with someone as talented, experienced and fun as James. He's been running Ultras 11 years and I am just a baby, I only have 4 years of experience running Ultras and 6 years of experience running period.

Do you want to consider other pacers and crew in the future or are these guys now your essential super heroes?
James is my super hero, without a doubt. Andy Kumeda was a fabulous crew. Andy always kept me in check and he was always so positive and motivating. I really looked forward to seeing Andy every 15-miles. He is so tough. I wanted to be tough like him.

Could you have done a 19:42 on your own?
Not without James. He has some tricks up his sleeve that we used the last 5 miles and he made a wish on a shooting star on the last full loop. The night was beyond magical. Did I mention the fireworks that James spotted off in a distance on loop #6? The entire 19 hours and 42 mintes was incredible, something I will never forget.

Feeling exactly the same that you did, what do you think your time might have been without a crew or pacer? I am confident my time would have been sub-22, but you never can really predict.

Could you have done a 19:42 with Gordy or any of your other running friends as your pacer? 
Possibly, but it would not have been the same. Gordy is awesome. And I thank God for Gordy everyday because I don't know what I would be doing with my life if it wasn't for Gordy and this wonderful sport of Ultrarunning.

Why keep pushing so hard once you know 1st place was totally yours? 
Because I wanted to try my best and prove to myself I could run a decent 100. I shared my goals at the dinner table the night before the race with James Bonnett, Gabor Kozinc, Michael Hayden (youngest finisher), Andy Kumeda (my crew), Leigh "Turbo" Corbin and George Valasco. They laughed when I mentioned sub-20. They didn't take me seriously and sometimes I don't take myself too seriously. I've learned to set high goals for myself.

Running through the night.

I cannot imagine just because it felt good???
It DID feel good, I didn't really have any low-points during the race. On loop #3 I ran out of water. Within 20 minutes I spotted my friends Leigh "Turbo" Corbin and George Velasco. George shared his ice-water with me. What a guy!!  I have felt worse during some 50-miles. James and I were having a party out there in the middle of the night. We were blasting up and down the rolling hills tearing up the trails, chatting amongst ourselves and with the other runners. The desert is so beautiful at night. We heard wildlife off in a distance. We wanted other runners to hop aboard our rock-n-roll running train.

How does it feel to know with 100% confidence that you are the healthiest Malewicki descendant in the past 2000 years?
I am proud and I can also predict that my daughter Sierra will be the next healthiest Malewicki descendent sooner than later. She is so smokin' fast, cute, perfect form with a natural fast stride!! I look forward to pacing Sierra someday at Western States.


Paul Grimm's great Grim(m) Reaper won first place for best costume.  Paul finished 26th overall in 25:43.

The Grim(m) Reaper had fun chasing all the healthy ladies!

(Photos by Will LaFolette)

The angel - Kathleen Wheeler

Wonder woman Xy Weiss, with race Director  Jimmy Wrublick
and Catra Corbett


You know Michelle pretty good and know she had trouble at her first few attempts to run 100 miles.  When during this race did you feel she was going to make the distance?
 I would say around mile 60 when she came storming into Jeadquarters and met up with James.  Michelle looked amazingly fresh, but I knew that the hardest part of the race was coming up.  Mostly anyone can run a strong half, but falter around the 60-80 mile point after having made mistakes earlier in the race of not taking care of themselves -- most of the time, the problem being going out too fast and burning out too soon.  I know many very talented runners who excel at shorter distance races who have difficulty in doing 100's -- one thing I
 always tell people when they consider doing 100s is to "respect the distance".

Also when did you know she was going to win? 
We happened to see Michelle/James at Jackass Junction while we went out on the 4th lap as they were finishing their 5th, and she still looked very fresh even after having done about 70 miles.  Then as we were completing the loop nearing Coyote Camp, we saw the second place female at least 2 hours behind, and figured if Michelle could maintain her pace, it would be in
the bag.

How does a crew tell if your runner is holding up, losing it or running strong or super strong?
Tough question -- depends on past experience and how well you know the runner, but at the same time, every race is different and unpredictable, so it's hard to tell if the runner is just going through a temporary low point or having real problems.  On the other hand, it's pretty obvious when Michelle looked no different at mile 70 than at mile 15 -- she was simply having a great day.

Andy Kumeda (experienced ultrarunner who has finished eleven 100 mile races) & Michelle

What were all your duties as a "Crew". 
I didn't make any special arrangements with Michelle before the race, so I did what she needed me to do when she came in -- primarily filling her water bottles and standing by in case she needed anything else.  This was my first time being crew, so it was difficult for me since I didn't really know what to do specifically.

How the heck do you stay up during the night when there is only intermittent excitement for your runner coming in?  Take turns, alarm clocks or ? 
I did not go to sleep since I was alone, and also crewing/pacing for Leigh/George who were on a different time schedule than Michelle.  On the other hand, if I only had to crew for a single runner, it would've been quite easy to take naps between loops since their ETA would be pretty predictable based on their pace.

How long did she usually stop at your aid station? 

Few minutes -- very efficient stops.  Michelle was in/out before I knew it.

Did you catch any signs that there may be upcoming trouble for her and begin to worry a bit?
My only concern was her going out too fast.  2:38 (if I recall) for the first lap is very fast, and in fact, even her second lap wasn't much slower.  The mistake most fast runners make on courses like JJ is using up too much too soon, not leaving enough for the latter part of the race.  I remember telling Michelle to slow down, but of course she didn't listen to me, and
in retrospect, am glad she didn't.

How were her spirits at the start and during each subsequent pit stop?
Excellent throughout.

Why did you drive all the way to AZ to help Michelle out?

Although I didn't drive, I would've if that were my only option.  Michelle finishing a 100 meant a lot to me, and I wanted to do anything possible to help her achieve that goal.

What were you personally expecting of her performance before the race?  Be honest.
To just finish.  There is no such thing as an easy 100, and they're all hard -- some are just harder than others.  Many things can happen -- both expected and unexpected.  My suggestion to runners is to get a few finishes under their belts first before starting to consider time goals -- can be much less frustrating that way.  Therefore, I wanted Michelle to just get
through the race regardless of how long it took, and had no expectations beyond that.

Were you astonished as Dad was at her sub 20 hour finish?
Yes -- I'm still amazed at her performance, but at the same time, I know that Michelle is an extremely gifted runner, so am not entirely surprised she did well. I am very much looking forward to her future, and seeing her move up into the ranks of the elite -- I'm just hoping that Michelle won't forget about us when she becomes a superstar.

The Arizona desert

Sunrise over the desert

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