One of North America’s most famous ultramarathons, the Hardrock Endurance Run, begins on Friday in the San Juan Range of Colorado.
The famed 100-miler is headlined by returning champions Anna Frost and Kilian Jornet, both of who have consecutive win streaks to keep alive. Frost won in 2015 and 2016. Jornet won in 2014, 2015 and tied with Jason Schlarb in 2016. The challenging ultramarathon takes place at high altitudes and is a looped course beginning and finishing in Silverton, Colo. in the state’s southern region. Because of the course’s varying altitudes, runners experience vastly different conditions during certain sections of the race.
Canadian Adam Campbell returns to the Hardrock 100 racing his first 100-miler since a serious climbing accident in late August in British Columbia. Campbell finished third in 2014, after being nearly struck by lightning, in a race won by Jornet, the first of his three consecutive victories. Jornet set the current clockwise course record that year in 22:41:33.
Best of luck to @annafrosty as she tackles Hardrock again this Friday. Anna's story explores the psychological side of injuries and social media expectations as a world-class athlete. A huge thanks to @feeturesrunning for their support of the film. – Link in bio. – #humanstories #9mind #docshort @garrett_creamer @9mindasylum #hr100
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
To finish the race, runners kiss a large rock, a piece of stone mining debris which features a picture of a ram’s head, situated at the end of 100 miles. Runners have 48 hours to complete the race, whose course is “designed to provide extreme challenges in altitude, steepness, and remoteness.” The race notes that the time cut-off is longer than most other ultras “due largely to the high elevations, which can cause altitude sickness or edema in some runners.”
— iRunFar (@iRunFar) July 12, 2017
Twenty-two of the 145 racers are female, which iRunFar says is due to the setup of the lottery.
A sizable majority of applicants in the lottery are men. That's skewed a bit more by lottery rules favoring folks who've run it before. https://t.co/ieHeY5AVxO
— iRunFar (@iRunFar) July 11, 2017
Start time: July 14, 6 a.m. MDT (8 a.m. EDT)
Distance: 100.5 miles (161.7K)
Location: Silverton, Colo.
Elevation change: 20,132m
Average elevation of the course: 3,409m
Highest elevation on course: 4,281m (summit of Handies Peak)
Defending champions and co-champions: Anna Frost (returning), Kilian Jornet (returning) and Jason Schlarb (returning)