The Hardrock 100 is widely considered one of, if not the, hardest 100 mile race in the United States. It is surely the most beautiful and also wonderfully eccentric. Organized by a bunch of rocket scientists (seriously) and mountain weirdos, entry is determined through a complex lottery that rewards those who have finished the race numerous time, or haven’t finished it at all. The only people guaranteed an entry are the man and woman who won it the previous year. Everyone else, no matter how fast or famous they are, has to try their luck
With 66000 (yes, sixty six thousand) feet of elevation change, all of which happens way way high in the San Juan mountains, Hardrock is a challenge for even the best mountain runner to finish. It is, as the motto proclaims “Wild and Tough”. Only a select few people in the world can possibly compete for the win. This year, for perhaps the only time in a decades, many of the best ultra runners in the world happened to have gotten in to Hardrock turning it into one of the most competitive races of the year. Also, there are flash flood warnings. And it snowed yesterday. And its just fucking crazy and beautiful and totally captivating. If you want to see the best performances in ultra-running this year, you need to have your eyes trained on Hardrock over the next 24 hours.
Irunfar is doing comprehensive coverage of the race. It is definitely the best place to follow what’s happening. You can follow their live coverage with comments from ultra running obsessives here, or their more manageable twitter feed here.
Here’s a pretty awesome one about last year’s female winner Darcy Piceu (formerly Africa):