Race day morning, 5:30am. Pre-race excitement in the gym.
Margie, Megan, Bill, John and Tom talking strategy (or what they had for breakfast.)
Tom with his daugthers Megan and Liz
New and improved...now with Margie!
And they're off!
Tom and Bill (and Tyler) and some others
Cunningham aid station, mile ~9
Karl Meltzer would go on to set a new counter-clockwise course record of 24:38. Amazing.
Runners come down that slope from Little Giant just right of the waterfalll and cross a stream to enter the aid station.
The Stockton support crew looking to spot Tom
Bill crosses the stream before the aid station
Tom leads a group of runners across the stream
Caught in the act! Margie sneaking an electrolyte caplet out of Tom's shorts
Dan helps David get ready for the next leg as David's mom looks on
Bill on the big climb out of Cunningham
Gerry Roach waiting for his wife Jennifer. Jennifer finished the race with five minutes to spare and has now completed it once in each direction--a true Hardrocker!
Kris Kern heading out of Cunningham. I'd later get to pace Kris from Ouray to the finish (45 miles).
Rebecca tends to Blake
Tom on the climb out of Cunningham
Later we drove over Cinnamon Pass to the Sherman aid station (mile 27.5). Shown here is 14er Handies Peak. The race goes over this peak.
The BLM pit toilet at Sherman gets a temporary face lift during Hardrock to make it feel a bit more inviting.
Sherman AS action
Bill gets attended to at Sherman while Dan talks about the current world economy with Annette, the AS captain.
Bill heading out of Sherman super psyched to climb Handies Peak during the next leg.
Dan chillin' at Sherman
David at Sherman
David heads out of the AS with fruit smoothie and quesadilla
Matt, Dylan, Mom and I cheer on the runners coming into the AS
Kris Kern crossing the bridge going into the AS
Blake picking the gels
Tina and Charlie Nuttelman
Charlie leaving the Sherman AS
Blake leaving the AS
David descending down into Grouse Gulch AS (mile 42)
Brian, David's pacer, chats with David going down into Grouse.
Bill descending into Grouse
Dan, Dylan and Bill at Grouse. Dan was there to pace Bill from Grouse to Telluride (30 miles)
The view heading up towards Engineer Pass (photo by Brian Crone)
Yeah, even after 45 miles of running this still looks beautiful. (Photo by Brian Crone)
David descending from Engineer Pass (Photo by Brian Crone)
(Photo by Brian Crone)
I started pacing Kris from Ouray (mile 56) at 12:40am
The trail out of Ouray climbs along a rocky cliff above the stream. Here the trail is cut out of the cliff side.
The trail then passes through a tunnel. Watch your head.
David warming up at the Governor Basin AS (mile 64)
Kris eating some potato soup at the Governor Basin AS (mile 64) at 3:30am
The view of Virginius Pass as we ascend towards it at 4:50am
The top of the snow/ice field just below Virginius Pass at 5:25am. Kris and I took the “traversing” route up the snowfield as opposed to the fixed line straight up. The traverse was super sketchy ice with very little footholds in it.
The view from Virginius Pass looking at Telluride ski area in the foreground and the Wilson group of 14ers center.
Descending from Virginius Pass down towards Telluride
Chimney Rock just outside of Telluride
Telluride! Time for breakfast.
The easiest descent along the entire course.
Best aid station ever! On the way into Telluride I could smell bacon. When we got to the aid station the volunteer asked if we needed anything. I jokingly said, “I smelled bacon on the way in, I'll take some of that.” I'm glad I have a poor sense of humor because low and behold, BACON! (and eggs with sausage in them aren't too shabby either!)
When good feet go bad the duct tape comes out.
The fine print said: “Except, of course, Hardrockers”
View looking back down the basin we just climbed out of from Telluride
That's Oscar's Pass over there. We climbed up over that pass to descend into the Chapman AS
Obviously getting a bit loopy while on the trail. Homie.
Crossing a bridge up toward's Oscar's Pass
Looking back down to Telluride and Virginius Pass on the the other side of the valley
Almost to the top of the ridge to Oscar's Pass
Kris cruising nice dirt towards Oscar's Pass
But don't get too excited yet. We drop down into the valley floor to the Chapman AS and then go up that basin in the middle over Grant-Swamp Pass.
Kris leaving the Chapman AS at 11:51am. Only 18.5 miles to go!
Grant-Swamp Pass is the brown dirt pass to the right of the center of this photo. It's as steep and loose as it looks here.
Looking back at Oscar's Pass
Time to pick our way up that
Kris making good time on the grind up to the pass.
Island Lake. Still not sure why it's called that.
This climb is brutal!
Ice Lakes Basin with Island Lake in the foreground. Putnam divide can been seen far left in the “middle ground”
Kris crosses the stream in lower Ice Lakes basin headed towards the KT aid station
Sweet flowers heading up to Putnam divide
I really like this shot. Kris climbing up from KT towards Putman divide around 5:00pm
A runner tops out on Putnam divide with a gorgeous view towards the Grenadier range
Kris working his way across Mineral Creek a few miles from the finish
That's it! Kris finished in 38:06:13, his fastest time yet in his eight Hardrock finishes!