Imagine starting a race at 6 and finishing 40 hours later having run a 100 milts and plus 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet, at an average elevation of over 11,000 feet.
Welcome to the the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run.
The run starts and ends in Silverton, Colorado and travels through the towns of Telluride, Ouray, crossing thirteen major passes in the 12,000′ to 13,000′ range. At the end of the race instead of crossing a finish line, runners are required to “kiss the Hardrock”, a picture of a ram’s head painted on a large block of stone mining debris. The race starts at 6am, so runners who finish in over 40 hours see the sun set twice before finishing.
In 2014, Kilian Jornet won the Hard Rock 100 mile run through the San Juan’s of Colorado. Along the way he stopped at Kroger’s Canteen – an aid station perched on a tiny ledge, 13,100ft above sea level.
This is a story about that aid station, about the people that make it happen, and about the spirit one can only find at The Hard Rock 100.
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