Last weekend 23 TALON athletes played in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado in the toughest and possibly the most scenic 100 mile trail run in the United States – Hardrock 100.
This race is not for the ill prepared.
- ~34,000 of climb/descent
- avg elevation – 11,186 feet, low point – 7,680 feet, high point – 14,048 feet
- crossing 13 major passes in the 12,000 to 13,000 foot range
And when weather gets sketchy like it did this year for some, it can become a race of survival…and that is not being overly dramatic. 57% of the 140 courageous starters finished. 48% of our TALON athletes kissed the hardrock! All those that took the first step down the trail had one hell of a journey.
A few cool things to chat about before listing the results.
TALON Fast Feet
The TALON region had two athletes finish in the top 20!
Flatlanders Chad Armstrong (TX) and Scott Eppelman (TX) finished 13th and 20th respectively. This is mighty impressive for a couple athletes whose largest training hill within an hour’s drive is likely 200 feet. Obviously both Chad and Scott are exceptional athletes but they highlight many of our barriers to what we wish to experience in this life – is simply in our minds. Scott has proven his ability in past year’s on this course but you still have to bring-it on game day. Oh, and this was Chad’s first attempt at this event!
If you looked at the results, the only athletes to finish in front of Chad or Scott were from France or Colorado. Impressive finishes indeed!
Wisest TALON Finisher
Dennis Drey (NM) was our sage finisher at age 60! Barriers – Bam!
Four out of the five TALON states were represented at the race. Louisiana was missing from the trail party. New Mexico had the largest number (13) of TALON athletes. Texas brought the second largest crew with seven.
Deb Pero (NM) was the sole TALON athlete representing our better-half. Only 16 women entered the race! Where have all our ladies gone?
Back For Another Finish
Yep, some keep coming back! As crazy at it may sound, many of our athletes are return offenders.
- Scott Eppelman (TX) – 7th finish this year
- Blake Wood (NM) – 16th finish this year
- Randy Isler (NM) – 15th finish this year
- Dennis Drey (NM) – 8th finish this year
- Ken Gordon (NM) – 2nd finish this year
- Kristen Kern (NM) – 10th finish this year
Views on top of Handies Peak on Race Day – Video
(If you can’t see the video, click here.)
- Chad Armstrong (TX) – 34:55
- Scott Eppelman (TX) – 36:14
- Blake Wood (NM) – 38:21
- Randy Isler (NM) – 38:57
- PoDog Vogler (AR) – 39:41
- Dennis Drey (NM) – 43:57
- Neil Blake (NM) – 45:13
- Ken Gordon (NM) – 46:21
- Kristen Kern (NM) – 46:33
- James Ficke (TX) – 47:01
- Stan Ferguson (AR) – 47:23
- Adam Watters (NM) – cutoff DNF mile 95…but did finish the course.
- Bill Geist (NM) – DNF mile 72.7
- Joe Prusaitis (TX) – DNF mile 56.6
- George Hitzfeld (TX) – DNF mile 56.6
- Tom Stockton (NM) – DNF mile 56.6
- Richard Knapp (NM) – DNF mile 56.6
- Glenn Mackie (TX) – DNF mile 42.1
- Steve Pero (NM) – DNF mile 42.1
- Lance Johnson (NM) – DNF mile 42.1
- Jim Baker (OK) – DNF mile 42.1
- Allen Wrinkle (TX) – DNF mile 42.1
- Deb Pero (NM) – DNF mile 42.1
Overall Race Results
Top 5 male
- Julien Chorier (France)- 25:17
- Dakota Jones (CO) – 27:10
- Nick Clark (CO) – 27:43
- Daniel Levy (France) – 28:57
- Joseph Grant (CO) – 29:38
Top 5 female
- Diana Finkel (CO) – 29:27 (*5th overall*)
- Darcy Africa (CO) – 29:46 (*7th overall*)
- Betsy Nye (CA) – 39:17
- Tina Ure (CA) – 41:58
- Tara Burton (CO) – 42:14
Bryon Powell of iRunFar has some great coverage for the pointy-end.
- Race Summary – also check out the pre and post race interviews. Good stuff!
TALON athlete, Olga Varlamova, took some great photos out on the trails in the Silverton area. You must check it out!! Go here and click on the Photos link at the bottom of the blog post.
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David – EnduranceBuzz.com