Hardrock 100

2020 Wrap-Up

Congratulations to all of the 2021 entrants who were selected at this weekend’s lottery! The annual Hardrock lottery, held in December each year, represents a transition from one season to the next – a time to welcome new entrants, celebrate growth, and review our challenges and lessons learned.

As an organization primarily run by volunteers, Hardrock depends on the contributions of many. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to exiting members Andrea Feucht (Board), James Varner (Run Committee), Kayla Ferguson (Run Committee), Roch Horton (Board), and Steve Halvorson (Run Committee) for their many years of service to the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run and the Hardrock community. You have all helped us become a better organization and we are committed to building upon the legacy you have left.

The last three years have been the most challenging in Hardrock’s history. Our 2019 run was canceled as a result of unprecedented avalanche activity that caused widespread trail damage and blocked access to some aid stations. Our 2020 run was canceled due to our inability to hold a safe event for both runners and volunteers amidst the global pandemic. And to put on Hardrock in 2021, we will need to work with land managers and government officials to maximize safety in light of the ongoing pandemic as well as the aftermath of the Ice Fire. We’re confident our team is up to the task.

Thank you to our Hardrock Family for helping welcome Brett Gosney, Mark Oveson, and Dr. David Hughes to new leadership positions. Dr. Hughes takes the reins as our Medical Advisor, Mark adds a term on the Board to his ongoing role on our communications team, and Brett joins us as both Course Director and a new Board member. With Mark and Brett as members of both the Board and Run Committee, this is a growth step for us to improve communication within the Hardrock leadership. In addition, Andrea will continue to contribute to the Hardrock family as an Emeritus Director after serving 20(!) years on the Board.

This year also brought about a significant change to our lottery, with 20 new reserved slots added for those who have never run Hardrock. The first ever Virtual Hardrock Challenge was held, raising over $7000 to support the San Juan communities we love in the face of the economic hardships of the pandemic. Finally, despite two years without a run, your contributions made possible another record year of scholarships awarded from our Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship Fund, totaling $33,000.

As an organization, we recognize these challenging times have given us opportunities to grow. Hardrock is about people who love to volunteer, who love the San Juans, and who love the wild and tough nature of this classic run. We call those people the Hardrock Family, and without them there is no Hardrock. We look to them to help us continue to improve and put on an outstanding Hardrock in 2021!

From all of us at Hardrock to you and yours, we want to wish you a happy and safe holiday season!

Hardrock Board of Directors
Andrea Feucht (emeritus), Blake Wood (emeritus), Brett Gosney, Charlie Thorn (emeritus), Darcy Piceu, David Coblentz, Doug Hart, Fred Abramowitz, Gina Lucrezi, Ken Gordon, Kris Kern, Mark Oveson, Nikki Kimball, Ricky Denesik (emeritus), Tom Stockton
Hardrock Run Committee
Ben McGaha, Blake Wood, Brad Bishop, Brent Hite, Brett Gosney, Brian Culmo, Chris DePuy, Dave Hughes, MD, Dale Garland, Erik Dalton, Justin Lutick, Leo Lloyd, Mark Oveson, Oliver Fischer, Shauna Blaylock, Steve Blaylock

CONGRATULATIONS to 2020's Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship winners!

We are awarding a record $33,000 this year, thanks to all of your generous contributions.
Full Press Release

High School Graduates:

  • Clair Cunningham (Lake City) $4000; Berry College, Rome, GA
  • Wyatt Gober (Silverton) $4000; Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  • Amaris Hamilton (Silverton) $4000; Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
  • Jessica Henderson (Silverton) $1500; San Juan College, Farmington, NM
  • Kyra Maxfield (Silverton) $1500; Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

Continuing Education:
  • Talitha Coombs (Silverton) $3000; Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
  • Hannah deKay (Silverton) $3000; Regis University, Denver, CO
  • Miranda Hall (Lake City) $3000; Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA
  • Jacee Lawrence (Lake City) $3000; Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
  • Megan Levine (Lake City) $3000; Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
  • Kayla Zimmerman (Silverton) $3000; Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run awards college scholarships to Silverton High School seniors and seniors from the San Juan region who have a connection to the run. Scholarships are also available to former recipients who are continuing their undergraduate education.

Donations are Appreciated!
To donate online:
Go to the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado
Click on the "DONATE" button in the upper right.
Click on the "Add special instructions to the seller" and enter "Joel Zucker Scholarship".

If you want to mail in a check, make it out to "Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado" and make sure to enter "Joel Zucker Scholarship" in the memo line. Mail it to:
Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado
PO Box 1673
Durango, CO 81302

Rollover Policy for Hardrock 2021

Hardrock has now been cancelled 2 years in a row, and the last Hardrock lottery was nearly two years ago in December 2018.

For our Never runners, we know running Hardrock may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Never entrant and wait lists will all be rolled over to 2021.

Our Else and Veteran runners will have their entry fees fully refunded. For those categories, we will re-open lottery entries in November, and have a new draw in December.

We know the number of Never applicants to Hardrock has quadrupled since our last formula update in 2013. For 2021, we will add 20 additional slots to the Never category, to be filled by runners on the current Never wait list.

To minimize the overall impact, 5 fewer entrants will each be selected from the Veteran and Else pools this December lottery, creating a net max increase to the field of 10. To keep the overall number close to 145, the first 10 drops from any entrant list will not be filled. Starting with the 11th drop, spots will be filled as normal.

We feel that this balances our goals of giving more runners the opportunity to run Hardrock, while maintaining the "Hardrock Family" atmosphere of long-time Hardrockers returning to challenge the course again.

Full Policy Statement

Hardrock 2020 Cancelled

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, all aspects of the 2020 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run have been canceled. This includes the run, Camp Hardrock, and the Hardrock 100 Mountain Running Camp.

Over the past two months, the Board of Directors and Run Committee completed a thorough decision-making process. This process included consultations with key officials within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), public health departments and the local communities that support Hardrock.

“We have met tirelessly as a Board and Run Committee over these past months. We know the economic impact to the region, as well as the desire of our runners - already postponed for a year - to experience Hardrock. In the end, safety to all was the overriding factor. Our event gathers runners, volunteers, crew and more from around the world into small, isolated mountain communities. We spent a lot of time asking questions and considering options, trying to find a safe version of Hardrock we could hold this year, but the difficult final decision was to cancel the run. We look forward to seeing every member of the Hardrock family in the San Juans in 2021,” shared Run Director Dale Garland.

In the near future, we will be updating our community and runners registered for the 2020 Hardrock in regards to the impact this cancellation has on registrations for 2021.

Press Release

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.