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Hardrock 100 cancelled for second straight year

For the second year in a row, the 100-mile trail race in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains has been cancelled

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Last year, the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run was cancelled because of unprecedented snowfall. The 2020 edition of the event was supposed to be the race’s triumphant return, but for the second year in a row, organizers have been forced to cancel the event, once again due to factors that are out of their hands. This time around, the cancellation is of course due to COVID-19. The race is a 100-mile run through the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, and it is one of the biggest events on the North American ultramarathon schedule, but runners will have to wait another year before they get the chance to tackle the course again.

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Hardrock 2020 Cancelled⁠ .⁠ Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, all aspects of the 2020 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run have been canceled. This includes the run, Camp Hardrock, and the Hardrock 100 Mountain Running Camp.⁠ .⁠ Over the past two months, the Board of Directors and Run Committee completed a thorough decision-making process. This process included consultations with key officials within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), public health departments and the local communities that support Hardrock.⁠ .⁠ “We have met tirelessly as a Board and Run Committee over these past months. We know the economic impact to the region, as well as the desire of our runners – already postponed for a year – to experience Hardrock. In the end, safety to all was the overriding factor. Our event gathers runners, volunteers, crew and more from around the world into small, isolated mountain communities. We spent a lot of time asking questions and considering options, trying to find a safe version of Hardrock we could hold this year, but the difficult final decision was to cancel the run. We look forward to seeing every member of the Hardrock family in the San Juans in 2021,” shared Run Director Dale Garland.⁠ .⁠ In the near future, we will be updating our community and runners registered for the 2020 Hardrock in regards to the impact this cancellation has on registrations for 2021.⁠ .⁠ #ultrarunning #trailrunning #hr100 @altrarunning @guenergylabs @blackdiamond @kahtoola @optimabatteries @tailwindnutrition @gildanonline @trailrunnermag @hypoxico @fourwindsinteractive @julbo_eyewear @runsteepgethigh @bprunco

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2019 cancellation

The Hardrock course sits at an incredibly high elevation, with an average height of 3,352 metres throughout the entire 100-mile route. At its max, the course reaches an elevation of over 4,200 metres. Due to its high altitude, the race site of Silverton, Colo., can see a lot of snow, and in March 2019, close to 230 cm of snow fell on the town. Due to the snow, avalanche debris, high water levels and a lack of road access to aid stations, race organizers decided it was in the best interest of racers and volunteers to cancel the 2019 event.

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Two years straight

Cancelling an event once is bad enough, but having no choice but to cancel again the very next year is a nightmare for race directors. That’s what COVID-19 has been for most of the world, though, and the nightmare has affected races all across the globe, with the Hardrock 100 becoming the latest addition to the list of COVID-19 cancellations.

In a press release announcing the official cancellation of the Hardrock 100, the race organizers said runners already registered for the event will receive information on how to move forward in the coming weeks. Last year, runners were given two options: defer their entries until 2020 or take a full refund. Two-straight cancellations will certainly hurt the race, but race director Dale Garland remains optimistic that there will be a Hardrock 100 Endurance Run next year, stating that they “look forward to seeing every member of the Hardrock family in the San Juans in 2021.”