The 2007 Finisher's Poster, featuring a painting by Deb Pero. John Dewalt, Kirk Apt, and I are the only ones who've earned the full set of 12 finishers posters, dating back to 1994.
RD Dale Garland with one of five 4WD vehicles that were donated for our weekend use.
John DeWalt captivates a future Hardrocker.
Kathy Lang gets her medical check.
Blake Wood and Billy Simpson discuss the course.
Radio person Ilsa Hine
Larry Hall and Beth Simpson
Rickie Redland in blue
EMT Charlie Schmaltz and James Varner
Wait-listed James Varner gets into the run due to no shows
Checking in the wait-listed runners who made it in.
Wait-listed Allen Hadley gets his number.
Gordon Hardman, who originally thought up Hardrock.
Aid station coordinator Lois MacKenzie
Course director John Cappis
Course marking director Charlie Thorn
Pacing coordinator and computer wiz Andrea Feucht
Morning of the run, with Tyler Curiel
With daughter Margaret.
Lining up at the start.
Dale prepares to send us off.
Whit Rambach in the beaver pond section.
Creek crossing in Arrastra Gulch
Climbing toward Little Giant-Dives Pass.
Starting down toward Cunningham aid station.
Daughters Heather and Margaret, with friend Megan Stockton.
Ricky Denesik in Cunningham aid station.
Tom Garrison with daughter Amanda.
Me, with wife and crewmaster Rebecca.
Cunningham aid station from above.
That's Little Giant-Dives Pass on the right skyline. Cunningham out of sight below.
Believe it or not, the climb has just started!
The Green Mountain traverse.
Looking from Canby Mountain back over Stoney Pass toward Green Mountain. If you look carefully, you can see a bunch of runners in this picture, including one on the skyline.
Maggie Gulch aid station.
Brian Robinson on the climb out of Maggie Gulch. The aid station is right of center.
Looking back up Pole Creek.
Paul Grimm and Darrell Jensen in the Pole Creek aid station.
Looking back at the Pole Creek aid station.
Scott Eppelman, looking up toward Cataract Divide.
Small lake on the Continental Divide. Note the rain in the distance.
This was the only major rainstorm we had during the run.
Tyler Curiel in the Sherman aid station.
Friendly volunteers in the Sherman aid station - these folk were terrific!
On the Grizzly Gulch trail up Handies Peak.
Handies Peak from Grizzly Gulch, with Dave Terry.
The summit of Handies - getting close!
Approaching the summit.
Paul Grimm on the summit of Handies Peak - 14,042'
Me on Handies summit.
Handies Peak from American Basin-Grouse Gulch pass.
Looking down Grouse Gulch.
My crew waits in the Grouse Gulch aid station. These guys were all runners of mine in high school, and are in college now. All ended up pacing me, Tyler Curiel, or Bill Geist.
My crew - Rob Hipwood.
Mark Hartell in Grouse Gulch aid station.
RD Dale Garland gets into the mood.
Me, entering Grouse Gulch.
Fixing my feet.
Tyler Curiel enters Grouse Gulch.
With pacer Simon Gilna (one of my former high school runners, now running for Northern Arizona University).
Tyler leaves Grouse with wife and pacer Ruth Berggren.
On the way out of Grouse Gulch.
Simon, on the climb toward Engineer Pass.
Simon and sheep.
Evening from Engineer Pass, looking back toward Grouse Gulch.
Simon paced Tyler over this section last year.
Tyler and Ruth in the Engineer aid station.
With Simon in the Engineer aid station.
My crew, in the Ouray aid station.
My pacer Ryan McNiff (in red) in the Virginius Pass aid station. Ryan is another of my former high school runners, now competing for Adams State College. Back in March, Ryan was one of five Americans selected to represent the United States at the World Junior Cross Country Championship in Mombasa, Kenya.
Daughter and pacer Heather on the trail out of Telluride.
On Wasatch Saddle, looking back toward Telluride.
Oscar Pass. The Chapman aid station is below, and Grant-Swamp Pass is on the skyline left of center.
Looking up toward Grant-Swamp Pass from just above the Chapman aid station.
Looking back toard Oscar Pass.
Nearing the final pitch of Grant-Swamp Pass.
Heather is an All-American in cross country and track (10000 m) at Adams State College.
Steve Douglas and pacer.
The final pitch of Grant-Swamp Pass.
Scrambling up Grant-Swamp.
The Joel Zucker Memorial atop Grant-Swamp Pass. Hard to believe it's been nine years since Joel left us.
A more beautiful site for Joel's plaque is hard to imagine.
The Kamm Traverse aid station.
Swapping pacers - daughter Heather for daughter Margaret. Margaret will be a senior in high school in the fall, and is also a standout distance runner.
Upper Mineral Creek.
This was an exceptional year for wild flowers.
Brian Robinson, paced by Peter Bakwin. Grant-Swamp Pass is on the skyline, right of center. The Kamm Traverse is the visible trail on the intermediate ridge above the red band of rock.
Porcupine Basin. We're headed up that ridge in the background.
Heading down into Putnam Basin. That's the Needle Range in the background.
The Putnam aid station is in the trees just left of center.
Steve Douglas at the Mineral Creek crossing, 2.5 miles from the finish.
Crossing Mineral Creek.
The Nute Chute. That's Kendall Mountain in the background - we're almost there!
Jason Halladay had a damn good run in his first Hardrock.
David Coblentz and son finish.
This close to the finish, I wait for no daughter.
Margaret and me, on the streets of Silverton.
Done, in 35:46 - my best CCW direction time ever! Now I'm 12 for 12 at Hardrock.
With daughters Margaret and Jeanine.
My family, with Mom and Dad, who have crewed me in nearly every hundred I've run over the past 13 years.
Tyler beat me again, thereby winning our best-of-eleven-Hardrocks bet, 6-2.
Craig Wilson with Dale, who personally congratulated every finisher over the 22 hour period they were arriving.
Rich Haefele and his worn out crew.
The pacers end up pretty tired, too.
Andrea Feucht's finish line aid station.
Mike Smith surveys the damage.
Not too bad....
Jerry Garland, Dale's father - he kept the finish line status board up to date.
Robert Andrulis and Hans-Dieter Weisshaar. This was Hans-Dieter's 100th hundred miler!
The dawn approaches.
Wondering whether the last few runners will make it in by the 48 hour cutoff.
The amazing John Dewalt finishes another one, at age 71. He's now 12 for 12 at Hardrock.
George Hitzfeld, 20 minutes before the cutoff.
Joe Clapper and John Dewalt
Believe it or not, John fell coming down Engineer, and ran more than half the race with a compound fracture of one finger. Deb Pero (who created this year's finisher's print) summons help.
Lonney Vogt, the last finisher at 5:47 am. That's two nights out, folks.
Matt Mahoney, who sprinted into the finish a mere 28 seconds after the cutoff.
My daughters and pacers.
Diane Van Deren and Betsy Kalmeyer
This quilt, made from previous year's Hardrock shirts, was auctioned off for charity.
Roch Horton and Jeff Browning play "My running shoes don't fit me anymore".
Dale, bestowing the finisher's degrees: Masters of Mileage, Doctorate of Distance, and Post-Doctorate of Distance.
Paul Sweeney and daughter Lizzy.
Diane Van Deren
This was 13 finishes for Kirk Apt. He really earned this one.
Betsy Nye and daughter Lizzy
Scott Jurek - winner and new course record holder.
Krissy Moehl - winner and new course record holder.