I was waiting for the official confirmation before announcing it, but YES, I’ll be racing Hardrock 100 miler next summer (that’s the one with 68,000 feet of elevation change). 1,367 pre-qualified athletes were competing for 152 spots, and only with one ticket in the hat somehow I got in. I’ll join Kilian, Anton, Iker, Karl, and other world-class mountain goats in this little stroll through San Juan mountains in Colorado.
Here are few facts about the race: “To complete the Hardrock Hundred demands that an athlete run elevation gains comparable to running from sea level to the top of Mt. Everest and back at an average elevation of more than 2 miles above sea level. This running includes going over 12,000 ft. above sea level thirteen times, above 13,000 feet an additional seven times and summitting one of Colorado’s famed “14er’s”, Handies Peak, 14,048 feet above sea level”.
Results were announced yesterday, as I was fighting in the mud (while wearing road shoes) under pouring rain in the Battle for Black Rock – 50K (with 8,500 of elevation gain) in Georgia’s mountains. I came to the race start straight from New York, completely sleep-deprived after 13 hours of non-stop driving (mostly in the rain, at night). Finished 3rd overall, 11 minutes behind winner.