One hundred and forty runners are set to hit the trail Friday morning, July 13 at 6 a.m. sharp in the 19th running of the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run.
The race starts and ends at Silverton School gym.
The run is dedicated to the memory of those hardrock miners who made their living among the crags and valleys of the San Juan Mountains, said race director Dale Galand, and the event connects the historic mining towns of Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and Lake City.
This is NOT just a run in the park or on asphalt roads. This is a trail run with runners going over 12,000 feet above sea level 13 times, an additional seven times over 13,000 and running over the summit of Handies Peak, one of Colorado’s famed “14ers” at an oxygen stealing 14,048 feet above sea level!
When all totaled up, Hardrock runners run the equivalent from sea level to the top of Mt. Everest and back at an average elevation of more than two miles above sea level. Add to that, the steep and grueling descents after each of the lung searing climbs and you will see why it has been said “There are 100 mile races and then there is Hardrock.”
The 2012 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run is shaping up to be one of the most impressive runs in the 20-year history of our run. Over 730 entries from all over the United States, Germany, Greece, Israel Spain, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Uruguay, France and Japan applied for the coveted slots in this year’s Hardrock.
“Competitively, this year’s field is very deep,” Garland said.
The 2012 Hardrock will be headlined by 2011 Hardrock men’s runner up Dakota Jones (Durango) and 4-time women’s champion Diana Finkel (South Fork). Joining Jones and Finkel this year will be former Hardrock champions Karl Meltzer (Sandy, Utah), Jared Campbell (Salt Lake City), Kirk Apt (Fruita), Blake Wood (Los Alamos, N.M.), Krissy Moehl (Boulder) and Betsy Kalmeyer (Leadville). Also in the field are:
Darcy Africa (Boulder), Geoff Roes (Nederland), Hal Koerner (Ashland, Oregon), Dominic Grossman (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Nick Pedatella (Boulder), Rhonda Claridge (Telluride), and Anton Krupicka (Boulder).
Hoping to reach the lofty heights of 10 Hardrock finishes, which represents running over 1,000 miles at an average elevation of over two miles above sea level and covering more than 330,000 feet of climbing are Mike Dobies (Lake Orion, Mich.) and Rickie Redland (Salida).
Even more impressive is the attempts of John Dewalt (Sarver, Pa.) who, at 78 years young, will attempt to finish his 15th Hardrock. That’s almost a half a million feet of climbing and descent!