SUNDAY, JULY 5: One of Jim's and my prerace volunteer activities was marking spaces for supplies for the race's 13 aid stations.
Allan Holtz helped JIm and me on 7-5 to divvy up some of the supplies for the aid stations.
Several neat little piles of aid station supplies on 7-5. Lots more stuff will be added to the 13 piles by the end of the week.
TUESDAY, JULY 7: Two days later, there are more food and non-food items in the aid station piles. Perishables will be added shortly before the AS captains pick up their supplies.
Volunteers Don Platt (also running the race) and Fran continue to work on aid station supplies on 7-7.
Mark Heaphy (foreground) counts and arranges the runners' goodie bags after volunteers stuff them the day before registration begins.
Before: Piles of merchandise and volunteer shirts hide in boxes on the gym floor on 7-5.
During: the tables are ready for the HRH merchandise to be displayed. L-R: unknown volunteer, Heidi Schutt, Mike James, Don Platt, Roger Ackerman (on bleachers, hanging sponsors' banners). 7-7-09
After: it took several volunteers several hours to fold the new clothing and help Heidi arrange all the items for sale in an orderly manner.
Foreground: display of finishers' posters from the past 12 years; background: volunteers continue to sort aid station items. 7-8-09
This year's finishers' poster is a photograph from the course by Blake Wood. It is also screened on the back of the handsome volunteer shirt.
THURSDAY, JULY 9: Kathy Lang (L) conducts a runner Allie Wood's medical check. Margaret Heaphy (background) talks with the Northface rep. Note every runners' best friend, lower left corner: duct tape!!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8: The next four photos are of runners and friends at the annual Pot Lick (picnic) at the Silverton city park.
A new wrinkle has been added to the start-finish area outside the HS gym: colorful flags representing the countries and states of all the runners. 7-8-09
Rodger Wrublick brought the flags from the race he directs in Phoenix, Across the Years 24-, 48-, and 72-hour runs. One of the Coury brothers wryly commented that at Hardrock, runners just have to watch out for that rock! (no rocks at ATY, just continuous 500-meter loops) 7-9-09
There's the famous "hard rock" that the finishers are required to KISS upon completion of the race! The race honors the mining history of the area.
THURSDAY, JULY 9: runners place their drop bags in piles for the various aid stations.
Volunteers are treated to lunch before their briefing.
Volunteer briefing 7-9-09
Items for Cunningham AS on 7-9
Several volunteers help to raise the tent at Cunningham the afternoon before the race. It was still too windy to put up the walls (we never did).
Dean Garland (the RD's brother) and Megan Finessey, Cunningham AS captain
Cunningham AS and communications volunteers get acquainted on Thurs. afternoon (Jim's in the brown t-shirt).
FRIDAY, JULY 10: RACE MORNING - runners and crews await the start in the Silverton HS gym.
Karen Pate (L) and Richard Neslund will crew and pace Pat Homelveig (center). Go, Pat!!!
Runners patiently wait for the start. Jim (top right) will pace Jean-Jacques d'Aquin (yellow shirt/blue cap) part of the race.
Eventual race winner Karl Meltzer being interviewed before the beginning of the race.
Helen Cospolich and Diane Van Deren chat before the race.
Jamil Coury, R
Crews and volunteers await the start
The gun goes off but I had my camera on the wrong setting and took mostly blurry photos. Rats.
There they go! Now Jim and I have to drive out to Cunningham Gulch ASAP to help set up the aid station before the runners get there in a couple hours.
FRIDAY MORNING, JULY 10: Shortly after the race began, volunteers made final preparations for the runners at Cunningham AS.
Allan Holtz, Jim (L), and I assisted runners with beverages from the back of our truck to keep some congestion away from the aid station.
Part of the communications/timing set-up at Cunningham
This year runners will come down the mountain past the waterfall . . .
. . . cross Cunningham Creek . . .
. . . get their drop bags . . .
. . . visit the aid station . . .
. . . get fluids from our table, and head for Green Mountain.
Our second customer is the eventual winner, Karl Meltzer (gold top, center).
Karl is crewed by his wife, Cheryl, and parents.
Jared Campbell (#3) is assisted by his crew.
Female winner Diana Finkel cruised through every aid station quickly, assisted by her crew. She broke the female course record by over 2 hours!
Crews watch as four runners make their way down the trail (center, in distance).
Tyler Curiel (blue shirt) will finish his 10th Hardrock tomorrow morning.
Honey Albrecht and Blake Wood leave the AS together. Today is Honey's 50th b.d. Both runners finished the race with excellent times.
Chad Hyson (#145) and RD Dale Garland (silver top, black hat on R)
Cody's new girlfriends (L) -- aren't they cute??
Rick Hodges, R
Olga Varlamova (center)
Long view of the steep climb up Green Mtn.
Close-up of some runners trekking up Green Mtn.
John DeWalt and crew. At 73, John will retain his distinction of being the oldest finisher in the race.
Jerry Roach crews for his wife, Jennifer, who will finish with just a few minutes to spare. Good job, Jennifer!
Volunteers/crew member assist Margaret Heaphy at Cunningham. Margaret has finished HRH multiple times. This year she will win the "caboose" award.
Mark Heaphy, Margaret's husband, has also finished HRH many times.
Two volunteers ask Matt Mahoney (L) if he needs anything from the AS.
Jean-Jacques d'Aquin crosses Cunningham Creek. Jim will pace him tonight from Grouse Gulch to Ouray.
Timers consult at the table.
John and Marcy Beard hang out with us for a little while at Cunningham AS before packing their supplies into the Putnam AS at 96 miles in the race. Marcy is the AS captain there.
A volunteer assists Allie Wood, seated. Jim and John Beard are in the background.
Leonard Martin, far L, will get his first HRH finish in six tries. Good job, Martin!!
Kathy Lang heads on up the course.
Jim Ballard (L) and Charlie Thorn strategize.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 10: Andrea Feucht, Charlie Thorn, and others connect to the WiFi in the gym for near-live updates during the race weekend.
Results were also hand-printed on large sheets and posted in the gym the "old-fashioned" way.
FRIDAY NITE, JULY 10: Grouse Gulch Aid Station, about 42 miles into the course
Crews and volunteers attend to the runners. Jim started pacing Jean-Jacques d'Aquin here.
Our friend Pat Homelveig is sitting to the left of the runner with the blue blanket.
EARLY SAT., JULY 11: Ouray Aid Station at about 5 AM. This is 56.6 miles into the CCW course.
Main food tent at Ouray
Runners' tent and food tent at Ouray, about 5:30 AM on Sat.
Gazebo, beverage table, drop bags at Ouray (I worked there for a couple of hours, waiting for Jim and Jean-Jacques)
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: After a nap, Jim and I headed to the gym in Silverton to check on the runners. Here are the winners' trophies. I forget the significance of the wood to the course (mining history).
The male and female winners' names are added to this trophy every year. This is the 16th running of the race.
Jim (center) helps Laura and Roy Davidson with communications at race headquarters.
I got to see Tyler Curiel (blue shirt) finish in 13th place. After kissing the rock, he talked with his pacer (son?), RD Dale Garland, and a friend.
Then I went out to Mineral Creek to watch some runners cross two miles before the finish. Here comes 16th place finisher Erich Peitzsch. Ronda Sundermeier's husband is on the right, pointing.
It's not easy negotiating this steep little descent into the creek at 98 miles!
17th-place finisher Mike Erlich crosses Mineral Creek.
Second-place female (18th overall) Ronda Sundermeier crosses like a pro.
What a beautiful smile, Ronda! Her husband and son were standing in the creek for several minutes, waiting for her to come through.
SUNDAY AM, JULY 12: Brunch is set up for the runners, volunteers, and crews at the Silverton HS gym. The food is always good!
Guest line up for brunch.
I used an old camera for the brunch/awards ceremony photos (long story!). I don't have very many good ones -- sorry.
Volunteer and AS Coordinator Lois McKenzie and RD Dale Garland begin the awards ceremony, decked out in their usual garb to bestow honors on the new Masters of Mileage (1st HRH finish) and those who have earned higher degrees for multiple finishes.
Communications volunteers extraordinnaire Steve and Shauna Blalock
Shauna Blalock hugs Jim Levin, who survived a bad accident last winter but came back to help with communications for about the 15th year. It was a pleasure to work with Jim and his wife at Cunningham AS in 2006 and 2007.
Steve graciously accepts the Volunteer of the Year award for his extraordinary service to the race. Many volunteers have been involved with Hardrock for ten years or more.
8th-place finisher Roch Horton (R) introduces this year's commemorative race song, a fun tradition at Hardrock.
Race winner Karl Meltzer (at microphone) and previous HRH winners join in on the refrains.
Tyler Curiel happily accepts his award. This is his 10th HRH finish and a course PR for him. Tyler always wears his trademark Mardi Gras-type beads in the race; he lived in New Orleans until it flooded.
Female winner Diana Finkel, at mic, not only was 3rd overall, she also broke the women's record (both directions, I think) by over two hours. Great job, Diana!!
Karl Meltzer, overall winner. I believe he set a new CCW record on the course. There was a 75% finish rate this year and many of the runners set personal course records.
Kirk Apt graciously accepts a special award for his 15th Hardrock finish, the most times anyone has finished the race. This was the 16th running of the race.
That's all for 2009! See another album for course photos we took during training runs and course marking days.