Hardrock 100

Origins of Hardrock

In the fall of 1991, Gordon Hardman (Boulder & Lake City, CO) placed a notice in Ultrarunning Magazine that in the summer of 1992 there would be a 100-mile run in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Read our story...

Entry & Wait Lists

April tends to be the month when we start to see some movement on the wait list. If you have wait listed friends and fellow runners who are asking you if you are feeling ok or if you'd like to go for a night training run down a dark alley be aware that their motives may not be totally altruistic! If for some reason, you find yourself unable to join us in July, please let us know as soon as possible. The people on the wait list will love to take your place!

Spotlight On: Communications

As you might imagine, maintaining a solid communications network in our environment is no small feat (no pun intended). This dedicated group of volunteers serves a multitude of functions and we couldn't do what we do without them. They are responsible for the placement and operations of multiple radio transmission repeaters, coordinating and conducting radio transmissions between field operations and headquarters and serving as an integral part of our emergency services plan. Our ability to keep track of you and being prepared to respond to any type of emergency we or you encounter is greatly facilitated by their efforts. Thanks Communications, you're the best! KD0PUM out!

Runner Tracking

As most of you are aware, part of your Hardrock entry fee goes toward providing you, your crew and your friends and neighbors the use of a SPOT tracking device that you will wear during this year's run. The benefits and advantages are many. Once again we are happy to partner with MAProgress and OpenSplitTime to provide accurate and up-to-date coverage. Part of the success of runner tracking is where you wear your device during the run. We ask that the device be worn on your shoulder so satellite transmission can be optimized. As you begin to think about what you will be wearing during Hardrock, please plan for allowing space for the tracker.

Hardrock Welcomes Kahtoola As A New Partner

The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run is proud to announce a 3-year partnership with Kahtoola.
With the announcement, Kahtoola becomes a Diamond Level Partner and the exclusive gaiter and winter traction partner of the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run. "We are thrilled to welcome Kahtoola to the Hardrock family," said Dale Garland, Run Director of the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run. "We are excited for the long-term commitment of Kahtoola to Hardrock-we share similar values and ideals including the traditions that the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run were built upon."

Need A Place To Stay?

We've fielded questions about where, if anywhere, are there places to stay in Silverton. We're aware that lodging is tight and we're working on some options:

  • We're once again offering a matchmaking service for folks in Silverton who may have an extra room to rent. The city is advertising it to their residents. See our page linked below to post Lodging Offered or Lodging Sought.
  • Cascade Village and Purgatory Ski resort both have vacancies. They are located about halfway between Silverton and Durango.
  • Also, don't forget about Ouray. Hardrock doesn't put the same type of lodging pressure on Ouray as it does on Silverton, and Ouray does offer some great lodging options.
  • We're also working on some designated camping spots in and around Silverton...stay tuned on this one.

Trail Work Update - April 2018

April is usually too early to state exactly where our trail work will be focused-reconnaissance examinations must wait until the snow is sufficiently melted. It is safe to say, however, in regard to the Hardrock course our focus will definitely be on the Bear Creek trail at Ouray, and probably also on the long stretch between Sherman and Maggie Gulch aid stations. For the Silverton Double Dirty 30 course work will probably focus on the Silverton-Rico trail sector. More pertinent information will be forthcoming as we get closer to the work dates.

April 7 dawned overcast, warm (41F) and damp with a light misty rain falling. The past March arrived like a lamb and left like a chipmunk in that there was a total of only six inches snow in Ouray for the month and the high temperature on the 31st was 63F. April 2 was a scorcher of 71F. Snow in town is presently restricted to scattered roof-fall piles, and going fast. Silverton had a brief torrential rainfall on March 23, as did Ouray. We are still in an unusually warm continuing drought.

Read the full update...

Bill Dooper's Celebration of Life

Please join us to celebrate Bill Dooper's life in Leadville, Colorado on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

The day will include morning coffee, a Catholic funeral mass, a group memorial run, and a celebration with food, speeches, video, photos, and more.

Below are the firm details:
10 a.m.: Catholic funeral mass at Annunciation Catholic Church
12 noon to 4 p.m.: celebration-of-life gathering at the Leadville Elks Lodge

More information and details of the day to come; stay tuned. All events are public and everyone is invited. We will celebrate as inclusively as Bill lived his life! However, kindly help plan by clicking "Going" on the Facebook Event if you are attending so food and seating can be planned.

If you have ideas or submissions for Bill's celebration-of-life gathering, send an email to BillDooperMemories@gmail.com.

Tommyknocker Tales - April

Check out Run Director Dale Garland's latest monthly missive to this year's Hardrockers, the Tommyknocker Tales. In this issue:

  • Snowpack Conditions
  • Wait List Movement
  • Silverton Lodging
  • T-Shirt Design Contest
  • SPOT Runner Tracking
  • Partner Thanks
  • Spotlight On: Communications

2018 Official Hardrock Artwork

Congratulations to Erik Petersen, photographer and artist of our 2018 official print. His shot of Kevin Davis along one of Hardrock's many ridgelines shows the majestic mountain environment we enjoy!

The artwork selection committee was made up of community based artists, HRH run committee and BOD members and previous photography winners. The image will be used on finisher posters, print media, media wallpapers, and more.

Thanks to all who submitted art for consideration!

Roots of Roctane

Our longest-tenured partner, GU Energy Labs, tells the tale of Roctane's inspiration from the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run. Indeed, the early prototypes of our ultra-endurance Energy Gel were branded as the "Hardrock" flavor. As GU Energy Labs began to develop an ultra-endurance formula, they looked to Hardrock as an inspiration...

Hardrock 100 At a Glance

100-mile run with 33,050 feet of climb and 33,050 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 66,100 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.