The 16th running of the Hardrock 100 starts bright (maybe not so bright) and early at 6AM Friday morning.
With 48 hours to complete the 100 miles, we are talking about a significant challenge. For just a bit of reference, Western States has a 30 hour cut-off.
This majestic course travels 100 miles in a counter-clockwise loop through the San Juan mountains of Colorado and passes near four old mining towns with the start/finish in the town of Silverton.
A few statistics for the event:
- Total elevation gain – 33,000 ft (That is comparable to 6.25 miles straight up or walking up the Empire State building over 26 times.)
- The event peaks at over 14,000 ft with tree line at around 11,000 ft. So we are talking a bit of exposure while seemingly being on top of the world. The low point is around 7,000 ft.
- ~140 racers
- Over the past 15 events, 57.1 % finish. A glimpse into the difficulty.
- Average finish time – 40:41
- Fastest male finish – 23:23 (Kyle Skaggs)
- Fastest female finish – 29:24 (Krissy Moehl)
- Average age of all finishers – 44 (I thought this was interesting.)
- Oldest and youngest finishing age – 72 and 20. So what excuses do we have again?
Profile of the course (Click to enlarge):
SMW region runners taking on this challenge:
- Scott Eppelman
- Joe Prusaitis
- Mark Blenden
- Tyler Curiel
I know there has to be more. Unfortunately the race starting list does not contain their state of residence. If you know of some additional runners, please pass on the names in the comment link below or my contact page and I will add them to the list.
Here is a cool video I found that captures one racer’s (Mark Cosmas) experience from start to finish of the 2008 Hardrock 100. Warning: The video is (cough, cough) 20 minutes long but I think you will enjoy it.
(If you can’t see the video, click here.)
What did you think?
Follow The Race Live
You can follow the journey throughout the weekend on the Hardrock – Live page that will contain a giant spreadsheet looking layout where you can see the location of athletes based on the last checkpoint/aid-station they have moved through. It would be cool if there would be some text commentary but I am not sure if that will happen or not. I guess we will find out tomorrow morning.
Good luck to all athletes, pacers, crew, and volunteers. It is sure to be a wild couple days!
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 09 Jul 2009
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