I have to say that I am a complete nerd and hovered on the iRunFar Twitter account and followed the #hardrock100 hashtag throughout the day. Then I had to head out for a run myself. What an incredible human, then to wait up for Julien because he was lonely and wanted come company. A wonderful ambassador and story. Of course another fantastic article from Competitor below.
Kilian Jornet won the Hardrock 100 trail running race in a course-record 22 hours, 41 minutes, 33 seconds on July 11-12. Photo: Brian Metzler
Darcy Piceu won her third consecutive women’s title with another strong effort.
Kilian Jornet has conquered yet another one of the biggest trail running races in the U.S., this time the country’s ultimate race, the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run in Silverton, Colo. The 26-year-old Catalan trail running and mountaineering star took 40 minutes off the previous course record for the 100.5-mile course through the rugged San Juan Mountains, winning in 22 hours, 41 minutes and 33 seconds before sunrise on Saturday morning.
Jornet was his typical jovial and humble self in the moments after the race, showing few signs of fatigue. He said he enjoyed the course and ran relaxed most of the way, adding that the massive rainstorms, steep climbs and high altitude didn’t really bother him or slow him down too much. Jornet broke the previous record for the clockwise direction for the run of 23:23 set by Kyle Skaggs in 2008.
Runner-up Julien Chorier, a 33-year-old Frenchman who won the race in the counterclockwise direction in 2011, finished second almost 2.5 hours behind in 25:07. Canadian Adam Campbell, 35, was third in 25:56 and Jeff Browning, 42, of Bend, Ore., was fourth in 26:58.
“It’s a great race and my goal was to come here and run well and finish,” Jornet said. “My goal was to run easy at the start with other runners and save energy. The record is something that I thought about but not until later. My goal was to finish, because it’s 100 miles and it’s always difficult to finish 100 miles. But once I saw that I was close to the record (late in the race), I started pushing. Now that it’s over, I can say it’s the most beautiful 100-mile race I have ever run.”
Darcy Piceu, 39, of Boulder, Colo., won the women’s race for the third straight year in 29:49. (For the third year in a row, Diana Finkel, 42, a four-time Hardrock champion from South Fork, Colo., had been leading for most of the race only to drop out at mile 87 for unspecified medical reasons.) Betsy Kalmeyer, 53, a five-time Hardrock champion from Leadville, Colo., was the second woman finisher in 37:57. (For complete results, go to the Hardrock 100 site.)
In all, 100 of the 140 official starters (71 percent) reached the finish line of the race this year. Amanda Grimes, 35, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., was the last official finisher in 47:50 early Sunday morning.