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Spahny
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Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:56 am

Kilian Jornet breaks the unbreakable Hardrock course record finishing in 22:41:35. The old record of 23:23 was set in 2008 by Kyle Skaggs.

He was playing around and waiting for other runners early in the race because he wanted somebody to run with. There was heavy thunderstorm activity starting at dusk and through the night just to make things even more impossible for the mortals in the race.

Kilian says he must run the counter clockwise direction next year. Hardrock changes the direction of the course on alternating years. It is the slower of to two directions and harder in the final stages. It's likely he will still break 24 hours running that direction, which means he will be under 48 hours in two Hardrocks. 48 hours is the cutoff time for one event. It's just simply unreal.

Kilian Jornet will be 27 in October.

2nd place goes to Julian Chorier of France in 25:07 in 2011. All others are still on the course.

There was plenty of carnage as usual. Top runners dropped for various reasons. Last year's winner Sebastian Chaigneau dropped at Grouse Gulch Aid at mile 58 with Rhabdomyolysis. Dakota Jones tweaked and ankle and finally gave up also at Grouse as did Joe Grant. Western States winner Tim Olson is struggling but still out there.

Unfortunately woman's 3 time winner and course record holder Diana Finkel dropped out at mile 87. That's her 3rd drop in a row and it may be her last attempt at Hardrock. It looks certain that Darcy Africa will win the woman's race again.

Video of the humble victor at the finish showing pictures to the race director like a tourist coming off the trail from a little hike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZnaboOANVs
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Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:54 am

3rd place finisher Adam Campbell and his pacer were struck by lightning climbing Handies Peak. Wasted his headlamp.

http://www.irunfar.com/2014/07/2014-har ... Finish_Vid
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Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:59 pm

Denver Post article on the 2 very different philosophies of Colorado's 2 most famous races; Leadville and Hardrock.

Hardrock is the best way forward for a sport that has probably grown to become too popular. But even Hardrock is in danger of losing it's permit for the race which is renewed on an annual basis by the BLM. The popularity of races like Hardrock could ironically become their undoing.

Over 900 entrants for an out and back course like Leadville is insane. Most of the way up and over (and back) Hope's Pass is narrow single track. I think there were under 300 the year I ran.

http://www.denverpost.com/running/ci_26 ... h-get-into
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Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:45 pm

NY Times article on Kilian Jornet from 2013.

Of course he will fade one day. But what a mark he has left.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/magaz ... d=all&_r=0
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Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:26 pm

Angeles Crest 100 tomorrow.

The course goes Wrightwood to Pasadena on the Pacific Crest Trail (for the most part) in the San Gabriel Mountains. That is the back drop to Santa Anita race course.

Old warrior and 50 something 2 time winner Tom Nielsen will be trying to finish his tenth AC 100.

Obsession is not a mental illness. It is the essential element to doing something impossible.

http://www.irunfar.com/2014/08/tom-niel ... aster.html
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Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:57 pm

It is friggin' hot in SoCal right now. Hopefully, the elevation for much of the course will keep the temps lower...although there is also the possibility that sudden thunderstorms will provide some cooling rain. Or unwelcome lightning strikes. :shock:
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Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:06 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:It is friggin' hot in SoCal right now. Hopefully, the elevation for much of the course will keep the temps lower...although there is also the possibility that sudden thunderstorms will provide some cooling rain. Or unwelcome lightning strikes. :shock:
They're between Shortcut Saddle and Newcomb Pass and that is a very hot section with very little wind. I'm sure it's tough going.

Southern California thunderstorms rarely materialize. I don't think anyone is going to get any relief from the skies today. The good news is that the sun is going down and the worst of the heat is over.

Dominic Grossman is leading at Shortcut but he is not alone. He left the aid station with new shooter Guillaume Calmettes. There are two others within 5 minutes of the lead, including AC100 veteran Ruperto Romero.

Tom Nielsen is currently in 14th position. Good man that Tom. Just a little crazy is all.
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Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:07 pm

Shortcut Saddle is mile 59, btw.
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Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:10 pm

Ruperto Romero leads into Newcomb at mile 68. Ruperto is 50 years old and his best finish at AC is 2nd in 2011 and 2013.

Dominic Grossman is now 7 minutes back.

Not a ton of data and twittering on this race. My guess is that Grossman and Calmettes are struggling and Romero has the race if he can finish.

Nice story if he holds on.

4 time winner Jorge Pacheco is currently 7th and running well. He could become a late threat.
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Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:24 pm

Karl Meltzer is the most accomplished ultra distance runner in America with 35 wins at the 100 mile distance. Karl is 46 years old and from Utah.

He will run the Appalachian Trail again this year in an attempt to break the record. His 2008 attempt had it's problems and challenges and it fell a bit short.

This is a 2,200 mile adventure.

So here's Karl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbjC1Yky4n0
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Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:49 am

Spahny wrote:Ruperto Romero leads into Newcomb at mile 68. Ruperto is 50 years old and his best finish at AC is 2nd in 2011 and 2013.
Ruperto wins the AC 100, his first win in his 8th attempt. Final time is 19.28.01. He ran 2nd last in in 19.28.58. Mr. Consistency gets the golden bear trophy for 2014.

Tom Nielsen finished to earn his 10 year belt buckle for finishing his 10th AC 100 at age 54. He ran in 22:56 finishing 10th.
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Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:59 pm

Jussi Hamalainen finished in 30:38.

Jussi is 68 years old and ran in the first AC100 in 1986, and in every AC100 since. That's 27 times over the course. He won it in 1990 & 1991.

http://majamaki.com/2012/07/angeles-cre ... rance-run/
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Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:22 pm

Leadville 100 was run today. Rob Krar wins it in 16:09 which is the 2nd fastest clocking behind Matt Carpenter's unreal 15:42 in 2005.

Krar won Western States 100 in June. He is the first to pull of the Western States/Leadville double. This makes him the likely runner of the year in the sport once again in 2014.

Michael Aisch ran 2nd in 16:38. Aish is a 2 time Olympian in the marathon for New Zealand. He is starting to figure it out.

Rob Krar: Fear the beard.

http://www.runnersworld.com/trail-runne ... age=single
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Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:13 pm

Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc began today at 5:30pm CEDT. This is the most prestigious ultra race in Europe; 166k or about 103 miles in the Alps.

It begins and ends in Chamonix, France and runners will pass through Italy and Switzerland along the way. That means some glacier scrambling.

The crowd support is crazy and at times resembles the Arc with it's enthusiasm. American runners are well represented, Anton Krupicka the most noteworthy. He is currently 4th at 77k with a long way to go still.

Here's an aerial view of the course from 2011. Btw, that is Kilian Jornet in the wearing the white, hooded sweatshirt in the early footage. He is course record holder, of course.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFWDUsvLCoE
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Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:41 pm

This is Hardrock 100 courtesy of Go-Pro.

Video of Timothy Olson's gut-wrenching experience in his first Hardrock.

Managing stomach problems while you are trying to get 100 miles at high altitude... And he did it... With some help from the family.

Incredible.

This should answer the question "why?".

A real runner will weep at this kind of courage and determination.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGnEqdrnKSg
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Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:55 pm

An article and very rare interview with the incomparable, amazing Ann Trason.

http://www.irunfar.com/2014/02/ann-tras ... turns.html

Ann Trason's race record. The number 1 is prominent. Top 5 finishes against male competition is also commonplace.

http://ultrasignup.com/results_particip ... ame=Trason
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Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:55 pm

This is Sally McRea's inspirational journey to her first Western States.

There's a lot happening here and much of it is incredible. But what this fine little film does best is explain the pain. And isn't that the biggest question?

Everybody does what Sally did in one way or another. Love, empathy, desire, family, suffering, faith... She just manages to do it all in one day.

Nice job, Sally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHoXgYPvj6o
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Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:44 pm

Another view of Sally McRae's 2014 Western States run.

It's the crew's view.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9QnYrgYUVo
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