Jul 10, 2012 at 10:55 am #1291849
The hardest 100 mile race in the world, so people say, is going down this weekend, who's following it here besides me? You cannot argue the reputation, 67,900' of elevation change, all above 10,000', topping out above 14k'!
I will be checking in on Joe Grant, who never fails to keep people on their toes with his epic races and solo runs- his crew and pacers are stellar, hopefully they keep him on course and moving strong. Top 3 for Joe?
BPL's own Eric Payne is also stepping into that meat grinder that is Hardrock, so follow him on the race feed this weekend, shoot him a PM, he'd appreciate the encouragement.
It is crazy to think that the fastest runner at Hardrock, likely Dakota Jones, will still be on course almost double the amount of time as Tim Olson's record setting run at Western States. The middle and back of the packers even moreso. Respect.Jul 10, 2012 at 11:11 am #1893673
when all the other big names were still in the race (Geoff, Anton) John and I seriously considered going up there to watch as my brother lives in Telluride.
I'll probably check in frequently throughout the race.
Its probably Dakotas to lose, but don't count Karl out if Dakota is not at the top of his game.
and no ones mentioned Hal Koerner. I don't think of him as a serious mountain runner, but he is fast and tough.
Have you seen those short Hardrock videos on irunfar ?
—Jul 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm #1893745
Great insight into the different competitors in those videos, thanks for sharing.
I forgot Hal was running HR this year. He is private it seems with his training, so who knows how prepared he is for this race? I like that guy as a competitor, he always seems to make it happen and keep going.
Dominic Grossman is another runner I have been following for a while, he's running his first HR as well. The amount of vertical training he has put in up the San Gabriels on Baldy for this race is stout.
You and John should make your way up there next year. I would make the 10 hr drive up to get in some running and race spectating. Maybe if Kilian and Krupicka race next year?
Anton's latets post at the Ultimate Direction blog has some informed speculation and insight on the weekend and how things may unfold.
Dakota is apparently using poles this year on the course, not sure if this decision differs from last year where he had a fast time.
Ok….. my fanboyism is starting to wear.Jul 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm #1893998
it would be fun to run (the most liberal sense of that word) part of the HR course next year. 12 hour drive for us.Jul 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm #1894158
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Wow…totally didn't realize it's this weekend and I happen to be going to Telluride on Sat/Sun. Wahoo!Jul 12, 2012 at 8:17 am #1894236
Is there gonna be any TV coverage of the Hardrock?
Wide World of Sports?Jul 12, 2012 at 8:25 am #1894237
Christopher – I'm trying not to laugh (or cry) at your question, you are clearly not an ultra runner. these are some of the best athletes in the world, but get almost no coverage outside the ultra community itself. media coverage is all about the money, and its just not there yet for this sport. maybe if they made 100 mile mountain racing an Olympic event the cameras would start showing up.Jul 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm #1894592Jul 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm #1894598
KT – 11.5
Chapman Gulch – 18.1
Governor Basin -37.9
Grouse Gulch -60.4
Burrows Park -69.7
Pole Creek -82.8
Maggie Gulch -87.1
Cunningham Gulch -95.2
Silverton-Finish 100.5Jul 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm #1894614
I'm in Joe Grant's corner on this one.Jul 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm #1894645
I'm in Joe's corner as well Craig, but Hal is putting down a serious streak right now, leading most of the race so far.
I had to look twice at the leader board when I saw Koerner's name in 1. Everyone seems to be "fresh" and feeling good, except Dakota.
Is Finkel sitting on the leaders heels waiting to attack?
It could be an interesting morning tomorrow as they come in.Jul 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm #1894648
Hal is a beast for sure.Jul 14, 2012 at 9:57 am #1894713
Apparently Joe started closing in on Hal quickly in the last few miles. Incredible.
BPL member Eric Payne is sitting in 44, in between Sherman AS and Pole Creek AS (Mile 80.9).Jul 14, 2012 at 10:47 am #1894717
Giving chase after running 90 miles…Damn.
I believe that makes Hal the first ever to win both a WS and HR.Jul 14, 2012 at 11:00 am #1894719
Solidifying Hal's badassery.Jul 14, 2012 at 11:29 am #1894723
I believe Scott Jureck has also won both WS and HR.
but not to take away anything from Hal, 3rd fastest HR time in history, one tough runner. knew he was fast but did not know he was such a great mountain runner.
huge congratulations to Joe Grant also, I had him pegged at 4th place before the start.Jul 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm #1894840
Eric Payne finished in 40:23:xx.
Awesome.Jul 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm #1895855
Ultimate Direction has a great interview piece on their staffer, runner, customer rep extraordinaire, now Hardrock 100 finisher, Eric Payne.
Take a minute and read it.
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