COURTNEYT DAUWALTER DOES IT AGAIN AT HARDROCK 100
The Salomon athlete makes history winning back-to-back ultra-trail races, now holding the women’s clockwise and counterclockwise course records at the Hardrock 100.
HARDROCK 100 2023:
Courtney Dauwalter win both the Hardrock 100 and Western States in the same year
Just three weeks removed from her record-breaking run at the Western States Endurance Run, Salomon ultra-trail athlete Courtney Dauwalter set off through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains for the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run on Friday morning. 26 hours, 14 minutes and 8 seconds later, the renowned ultra- runner kissed the Hardrock as the 2023 champion and all-around course record holder. Dauwalter is the first athlete to win both the Hardrock 100 and Western States in the same year.
Dauwalter topped the 2 nd place finisher by 1 hour and 15 minutes and finished the race in 4 th place overall. Last year, Dauwalter set the clockwise record at the Hardrock 100, running an astounding time of 26 hours, 44 minutes and 38 seconds. In just a year, she has shattered both of Diana Finkel’s records. Dauwalter’s back-to-back ultramarathon success has further cemented her reputation as one of the greatest ultramarathon runners.
This year’s Hardrock 100 course was run counterclockwise, featuring longer, more runnable climbs and steeper descents than the clockwise route. Though extremely difficult, the course was no match for Dauwalter’s ability as she adds another win to her extensive list of achievements. Dauwalter now holds simultaneous records at the biggest North American ultra-races: Western States 100 and both directions at Hardrock 100. She also holds records at Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB®) and Diagonale de Fous on Reunion Island.
“I didn’t feel like I had the legs today, but I gave it time and decided to push from Ouray. Today was really difficult” says Dauwalter.
Dauwalter wore the iconic Salomon Shortney collection running short and t-shirt with the S/LAB Ultra 10 hydration vest and S/Lab Genesis trail shoes.
The Hardrock 100 is an ultramarathon held on a loop course in Southern Colorado’s San Juan Range. Runners travel 102.5 miles in length and climb 33,197 feet (10,000 meters) at an average elevation of over 11,000 feet (3,300 meters). The race switches from clockwise to counterclockwise every year and has a long-standing tradition of runners kissing the Hardrock at the finish.
Courtney Dauwalter has made history by winning and setting course records at Western States and Hardrock 100 in the same year. She also reset the overall double record with a combined time of 41 hours, 43 minutes and 42 seconds.
HARDROCK 100 MILES: THE ORIGINS
The following text is an original from the www.hardrock100.com:
In the fall of 1991, Gordon Hardman (Boulder & Lake City, CO) placed a notice in Ultrarunning Magazine that in the summer of 1992 there would be a 100-mile run in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. John Cappis (Telluride, CO & Los Alamos, NM) contacted Gordon and asked what his thoughts were for a course.
The general approach was to bring the route as close as possible to Silverton, Lake City, Ouray, and Telluride, the four major mining towns of the San Juan district. The original thought was to change the start/finish between towns each year to add variety to the run. Cappis volunteered to try and lay out a course, keeping in mind the idea of connecting the towns while at the same time selecting routes that would be on trails as much as possible.
A basic principle was that the course make use of the old mining trails as much as possible. This event was to be not only a physical and psychological challenge to the entrants, but also a celebration of the miners that made that area what it had become. It was envisioned as a “Post Graduate” run. Entry was limited to those who had finished several other certified 100 mile runs and/or were considered, in the opinion of the run management, capable of finishing what was meant to be the most mountainous trail run in the United States.
By January of 1992 a route developed entirely from map studies was available. Charlie Thorn (Los Alamos, NM) then became active in the process and by April the necessary government permits were obtained. In June, Charlie, Rick Trujillo and Cappis spent many days making sure the chosen routes were feasible and making field adjustments, including addition of the Dives Little Giant section only one week before the run. The course was run in the clockwise direction with a nominal length of 98.8 miles and a cumulative vertical gain of 29684 feet. Start and finish was in the Silverton Memorial Park with a large tent serving as run headquarters.
A race full of romanticism and hardness: cross 13 mountain passes of more than 3700 meters following the paths originally used by the miners of the nineteenth century in the mountains of San Juan, Colorado, to reach and kiss a rock that symbolizes the effort and tenacity of those ultrarunners who challenge the 162 km, to finish in an average time of about 40 hours , which means, spend 2 nights in the race.
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