Synopsis of 2014 Hardrock 100
2014 was a great year for the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run! The weather presented challenges this year, with the intermittent thunderstorms that runners had to deal with throughout the run. In the end, we had a very successful event as runners from 26 states, Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Austria, France, Spain and Canada toed the line to challenge themselves in the San Juans. These runners ranged from age 25 to 73 years of age. The rain didn’t stop 100 (71%) of the 2014 field from finishing this year’s run and kiss the legendary hardrock in Silverton. The male finishers were led by Kilian Jornet from Spain, who ran the fastest time ever run at Hardrock (22 hours and 41 minutes). This was the first time that Kilian has run Hardrock! Kilian was followed by second time finisher and 2011 champion Julien Chorier (St. Thibaud De Couz, France-25 hours, 7 minutes) and Adam Campbell (North Vancouver, CAN-25 hours, 56 minutes), who finished his 1st Hardrock. Boulder, CO based Darcy Piceu successfully defended her women’s title (29 hours,59 minutes) as she finished her 5th Hardrock. Darcy’s effort was good for 11th place overall. Finishing behind Darcy were 15 time Hardrock finisher Betsy Kalmeyer (Leadville, CO) and Betsy Nye (Truckee, CA). This was Betsy’s 13th Hardrock finish.
-John Hallsten (MT), Chris Gerber (CO), David Pease (UT), Darcy Piceu (CO), Bob Combs (OH), Ken Gordon (NM), Ken Ward (OR) and Paul Schoenlaub (MO) all completed their 5th Hardrock. Finishing 5 Hardrocks is a major milestone for our event. Even more impressive were Chris Twiggs (FL) and Rick Hodges (CO) garnering their 10th Hardrock finishes. But wait… Betsy Kalmeyer (CO) bested all of them by completing her 15th Hardrock!
-Perhaps the loudest cheers were reserved for Hardrock’s first 20 year finisher. Kirk Apt (Fruita, CO) finished his tour of the San Juans in 39 hours and 38 minutes . With his 20th finish Kirk has now climbed and descended more that 1.3 million feet all at an average elevation of more than 2 miles above sea level!!
-Shauna Blaylock, Hardrock’s co-director of communications, was awarded Hardrock’s “Mother Lode” Award as the outstanding volunteer of the year.
The 2015 Hardrock will be held on July 10-12.
The 2014 Finisher's Print
Finishers in the 2014 event will receive one of these prints!
photo: Katie DeSplinter's stunning and real view of a Hardrocker up against Grant-Swamp pass.
Hardrock 100 At a Glance
100-mile run with 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet with an average elevation of 11,186 feet - low point 7,680 feet (Ouray) and high point 14,048 feet (Handies Peak).
All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.