The Hardrock 100 is a 100 mile foot run through the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The start and finish is in Silverton. (Photo JH)
The is the Hardrock. To finish the race, one must kiss the rock. (Photo JH)
The finish chute is comprised of all the state and national flags of the registered runners.
Since I am currently living in Austria, the Austrian flag was represented at the finish. (Photo PG)
All the finishers get a finishers print. On display were the past year's finishers prints. (Photo JH)
28 minutes to the start (photo PG)
My Dad and brother, Paul, came out to help crew and pace some of the race.
Also to help crew were Patty, Matt, Dylan, and Jason (not pictured)
Everyone getting ready for the start to the race. The temperature was warm enough for shorts and tshirts.
Race Director Dale about to have the national anthem sung.
Video of the start of the race. This was my friend Sean's first time running after many failed lottery attemps.
This is about as crowded as the trails would get. There were 140 starters.
The morning started cloudy and it did not take long before we were going into them on the first climb.
Blake and a bunch of other runners on the first climb.
After a bit we got above the clouds these nice views.
Runners coming up the road. Silverton is down in the valley under the clouds.
Still have a while until the first pass.
The top is in sight.
Loren about to get to the top.
The top of Little Giant
Looking down at a lake in Little Giant Basin
Looking over towards the next few peaks on the course.
Now the descent into Cunningham Gulch.
Waiting for the runners at the Cunningham Aid Station (Photo PG)
Coming into the Aid Station (Photo PG)
I quickly passed through the fist aid station (seen below) and started up the next climb.
But first a quick look at what I just came down.
On the way up Green Mountain to Stony Pass
Little Giant Peak. We came over the pass in the middle and drop down the drainage on the left.
Coming up the steep slopes on Green Mountain
The impressive Grenadier Range in the distance.
David climbing up Green Mountain (Photo PG)
Looking down at Stony Pass (Photo PG)
View from Green Mountain (Photo PG)
Working my way up (Photo PG)
Drop down and then climb back up. The whole race when that way. (Photo PG)
Looking back while climbing Candy Mountain
View down into Maggie Gulch.
Maggie Gulch Aid Station. After that climb back up and cross into Pole Creek.
Dropping down the West fork of Pole Creek
Climb out along Pole Creek.
Looking back down Pole Creek
A lake on top of the Continental Divide
Looking back on my way down to Sherman
Sunshine Peak (14,001 feet) at the end of Cataract Gulch. The race turns left and goes along its base.
Coming into the Sherman Aid Station
Handies Peak, the high point of the course.
Close up of Handies (14,048 feet)
Heading up Engineer Pass. This is the only photo between Handies and Ouray. I stopped taking photos on Handies and then picked up Paul to pace me. But is started to rain, so no photos in this section either. (Photo PG)
The route out of Ouray goes through a tunnel (Photo JH)
We left Ouray in the dark and slept walked up a long road, but arrive here at Virginius Pass in the early light. The climb to the top is up a nasty loose steep dirt slope. (Photo JH)
At the top of Virginius Pass is the Kroger's Canteen Aid Station (Photo JH)
Enjoying a brief break. (Photo JH)
The sun was rising on the way down to Telluride (Photo JH)
Checking out Telluride. Any excuse to take a brief break :-) (Photo JH)
Jason continued to pace me out of Telluride. Next up is the hike up Bear Creek to Oscar's Pass. (Photo JH)
There was an amazing number of wild flowers out. (Photo JH)
At the top of Oscar's Pass. Next run down to the valley and then up and over the next pass (Grant-Swamp) seen in the center of the photo. (Photo JH)
But first we had to decend this nasty scree littered section (Photo JH)
The descent from Oscar's Pass (Photo PG)
Close Up (Photo PG)
Paul picked me up at Chapman Aid Station for the last ~18 miles and two significant climbs. (Photo PG)
The swamps in Swamp Canyon (Photo PG)
Looks back at the way we came. Oscar's Pass is about in the middle of the ridge. (Photo PG)
Winding our way up the top part of Swamp Canyon (Photo PG)
Grant -Swamp Pass is still tucked away up and to the right. (Photo PG)
Lots of flowers (Photo PG)
We have come a long way. (Photo PG)
Paul and Island Lake below.
Coming up Grant-Swamp Pass. This sucker is loose and steep. (Photo PG)
Still coming.... (Photo PG)
At the top. (Photo PG)
A well deserved rest.
Island Lake. (Photo PG)
Descending down again. Only one big climb to go (Photo PG)
On the final climb (Photo PG)
Rainbow (Photo PG)
The last bit to the top. (Photo PG)
We got there as the sun was setting. (Photo PG)
The top of Putnam Cataract Ridge. All down hill from here!!! (Photo PG)
Kissing the rock after 40 hours, 40 minutes, and 50 seconds of going. I ended up in 53rd place out of 106 finishers and 140 starters. (Photo JH)
A little tired now (Photo JH)
Paul and me. (Photo JH)
Paul, me, and Dad (Photo JH)