What does adventure-seeking Kilian Jornet do days before running a 100-mile trail race at altitude in Colorado? Run for more than six hours.
Jornet, who earlier this year summitted Mount Everest twice, without bottled oxygen, in the span of six days, is racing the Hardrock Endurance Run, a 100-mile (160K) ultramarathon, on July 14. On Monday, the Spaniard ran 56.2K in 6:35:56 climbing more than 3,000m along the way. According to Strava, Jornet climbed 534m over 1K just before the halfway point of the training run.
“It’s a long way to Mount Eolus,” the 29-year-old tweeted on Monday. “We did get sun, lightning and hail. 56K for the last long training run before Hardrock 100.” Needleton, Colo., a nearby community in relation to the Monday route, lies 2,523m above sea level. Meanwhile, the summit of Mount Eolus is located at 4,295m above sea level.
— kilian jornet (@kilianj) July 11, 2017
According to Philipp Reiter, who was running with Jornet, the group climbed down the ridge as fast as possible after lightning began and they hit under a rock for 30 minutes. “Just crazy,” he says.
The Hardrock 100, or 160K, features more than 20,100m of elevation change. The race itself takes place at an average elevation of 3,409m above sea level beginning in Silverton, Colo. Jornet is the three-time consecutive champion of the Hardrock 100, including a co-win in 2016 with Jason Schlarb. He holds the course records for both the clockwise and counterclockwise directions of the route. This year’s race will be run in the counterclockwise direction.
After Jornet summitted Everest, he went on to run his first-ever road half-marathon in Norway where he clocked 1:30:52 on a daunting uphill course that climbed 1,500m. Then, Jornet won the Marathon du Mont-Blanc in Chamonix, France on a highly technical and challenging course.
Enjoying the San Juan's mountains. During the drive from Denver to Silverton I have been enjoying some of the great mountains in Colorado. Longs Peak, Mt. Elbert, La Plata and yesterday, as last long training before @Hardrock100 with @philippreiter007 and @majellb we run up to Eolus, a long route of 56km with some hail on the way 😉 @salomonrunning
Canadian Adam Campbell will join Jornet on the start line. Campbell broke his pelvis and spine T8-T11 and suffered severe lacerations during a climb in British Columbia last August.