The Hardrock 100-mile Endurance Run, previously scheduled for July 19, has been cancelled for 2019, due to issues related to the unprecedented snowfall on the course in the San Juan mountain range of Colorado this spring.

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Hardrock 2019: Cancelled . Due to historic snowfall, avalanches, avalanche debris, an inability to reach certain aid stations and uncertain conditions on more than 40% of the course, the 2019 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run has been canceled. This decision, while difficult, adheres to our overall commitment to land stewardship and the safety of the Hardrock community. . Our decision to cancel the 2019 Run was based on a thorough and complete evaluation of all available information and utilized a number of key resources to support its decision. Firsthand course trail reconnaissance combined with assembled trail reports, key and valuable input from the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forestry Service and the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run committee and Board of Directors all served to guide the decision-making process. . “After an extensive process, it became clear that the uncertainty associated with the condition of the course and the issues that the uncertainty caused among our organizational components meant we could not organize and administer a safe and meaningful 2019 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run that was consistent with the standards and values Hardrock has become known for,” said Run Director, Dale Garland. “While snow and snow water equivalent levels looked to be dropping to manageable levels, other issues such as unprecedented avalanche debris, unstable snow bridges and high-water levels all contributed to us reaching the tough final decision that we did.” . We understand that many people already have their plans finalized. With that in mind, we're looking at alternative activities to undertake for those individuals who are still planning to be in Silverton in July. Both our website and social media channels will be updated accordingly as those activities become finalized. . https://www.hardrock100.com/files/bod/HR100-2019-Cancellation.pdf #ultrarunning #trailrunning #hr100 @altrarunning @guenergylabs @blackdiamond @kahtoola @optimabatteries @tailwindnutrition @gildanonline @trailrunnermag @hypoxico @fourwindsinteractive @julbo_eyewear @ultimatedirectionusa @runsteepgethigh

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The run organization took the decision after a lengthy investigation and consultation process involving multiple stakeholders. In the end, it did not feel it could deliver a safe event. Though the actual snow levels appear to be diminishing at an acceptable rate, there were simply too many other factors (such as an unusual amount of avalanche debris, unusually high water levels and road access to aid stations) to risk compromising the safety of runners and volunteers.

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Snow is common in July on the Hardrock 100 course. The course runs at an average of 3,352 metres and reaches a high point of 4,281 metres. However, March 2019 brought almost 230 cm of snow to Silverton, which was 120 per cent higher than historic levels.

A recent Instagram post contained this snow report from Charlie Thorn: “This season has been one of the snowiest seasons we’ve had. However, what sets this year off from most others is that the snow has been extremely wet, particularly late in the winter, and this has been an extraordinary avalanche season…”

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HARDROCK SNOW REPORT – JUNE 2019 . Unless there is serious snow in June, this is Charlie Thorn's final Silverton Snow Report for the 2018-2019 season. This season has been one of the snowiest seasons we've had. However, what sets this year off from most others is that the snow has been extremely wet, particularly late in the winter, and that this has been an extraordinary avalanche season. Longtime San Juan residents have never seen many of these avalanches run and they've run deep, filling up the high valleys. . June 3rd's snow water content across the #SanJuanMountains is over 10 times the normal SWC. The climate models are showing a cool early June followed by normal temperatures with above average precipitation. July is predicted to be warm and wet. . Over Memorial Day weekend, none of the drainages in #SanJuanCounty or near @ouray_co showed any indication of spring melt. That's been confirmed for the @lakecityco and @visittelluride sides of the course this weekend. . Thanks to the @MountainStudiesInstitute, here are a couple of web sites showing snow water equivalent across Colorado and on #RedMountainPass. . Colorado watershed snow water equivalent: https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/states/co/snow/state/daily/co_update_snow.pdf . Historical snow water equivalent on #RedMountainPass: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/b71687fd3b31d35fde12abaaf/images/69c00d3c-c20a-438e-9595-62fe27f0b326.png . For real time views, see live webcams from Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and other Colorado sites at: http://www.keno.org/colorado_web_cams/colorado_cams.htm . For more information on precipitation numbers for Silverton, go to: http://www.intellicast.com/Local/History.aspx?location=USCO0358 #ultrarunning #trailrunning #hr100 @altrarunning @guenergylabs @blackdiamond @kahtoola @optimabatteries @tailwindnutrition @gildanonline @trailrunnermag @hypoxico @fourwindsinteractive @julbo_eyewear @ultimatedirectionusa @runsteepgethigh PC: @uncommonlynormalfamily

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“June 3rd’s snow water content across the #SanJuanMountains is over 10 times the normal SWC. The climate models are showing a cool early June followed by normal temperatures with above average precipitation. July is predicted to be warm and wet.”

The run’s Facebook page has complete information on the options available to 2019 entrants, who may either roll over their entry to 2020 or claim a refund:

“All runners who are entered in the 2019 Run as of June 10th, 2019 will have the option of either rolling over their entry into the 2020 Run or withdrawing their entry slot and receiving a full refund of their entry fee. Entrants must notify the Run Director, Dale Garland, by email by July 12th, 2019 if they wish to withdraw; otherwise they will be considered to have elected to roll over their entry into the 2020 Run. Any withdrawals after July 12th, 2019 will receive the usual 50 per cent refund of their entry fee. The wait lists, as they stand on June 10th, 2019 will also roll over to 2020 and any entry slots that open up will be filled from them. There will not be a lottery for the 2020 Run, and no additional applications will be taken. Runners will not be required to do another qualifier to run the 2020 Run.

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@hardrock100run continues to monitor the snowpack and avalanche debris conditions in the #SanJuanMountains in the areas that Hardrock takes place. . The decision of whether the yearly snowpack conditions will allow this year's run to be held or force it to be canceled is based on the Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) measured at the #RedMountainPass SNOTEL site. While we are starting to see SWE and other snow related levels at the SNOTEL site begin to decrease, it must be noted that this is only one specific measurement we use and this site only measures snow conditions at an altitude of 11,200 feet. In addition to the snowpack measurements at the SNOTEL site, we will also be using a number of additional resources and decision points to develop our plan moving forward. . While we recognize and appreciate the needs of everyone to be able to plan in a timely manner, our primary focus will be on ensuring that we are able to move forward with the this year's run in a manner that mitigates and addresses the risks and safety concerns inherent at the Hardrock and provides a meaningful experience to everyone. . Supporting this position, the Run Committee will be convening on Sunday June 9th to re-evaluate the situation and we will be making an announcement the week of Monday June 10th, 2019 as to whether or not the 2019 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run will take place. https://www.hardrock100.com/files/course/HR100-2019-Snowpack-Press-Release-2.pdf #ultrarunning #trailrunning #hr100 @altrarunning @guenergylabs @blackdiamond @kahtoola @optimabatteries @tailwindnutrition @gildanonline @trailrunnermag @hypoxico @fourwindsinteractive @julbo_eyewear @ultimatedirectionusa @runsteepgethigh PC: @bryon_powell

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“Service requirements already satisfied for the 2019 Run will apply to the 2020 Run. Those individuals who have not yet completed their Service Requirement must do so before July 1st, 2020, and we must receive their Service Requirement Form before July 6th, 2020, or they will be removed from the entrant list. The waits lists will be purged of any runners who have not yet turned in their Service Requirement Form on July 6th, 2020.

“We understand that many people already have their plans finalized. With that in mind, we are looking at alternative activities to undertake for those individuals who are still planning to be in Silverton in July. Both our website and social media channels will be updated accordingly as those activities become finalized.”

The full press release is available here.

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