The 2022 Hardrock 100 was one for the report books, actually. Whereas sturdy from the beginning, neither discipline went out blazingly quick, at the least in relation to the quickest instances run beforehand on this yr’s clockwise path. (The course alternates instructions each different operating.) Nevertheless, a day later, each Kilian Jornet of Spain and Courtney Dauwalter would shatter not solely the slower clockwise course information, however the total course information, beforehand set in the wrong way with Dauwalter operating 26:44:36 and Jornet recording 21:36:24. The 2 runners ran their respective information in very totally different fashions with Courtney dominating the ladies’s discipline from “go” and Kilian having to race France’s François D’Haene and Dakota Jones earlier than lastly pulling away for good on the final climb of the day.
Earlier than diving within the thrilling tales from the entrance of each races, what was the world the place this could happen? The 2022 Hardrock 100 kicked off at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 15. The notoriously difficult loop across the San Juan mountains begins in Silverton, Colorado, and runs clockwise by way of Telluride and Ouray earlier than heading east within the path of Lake Metropolis after which returning to Silverton. This yr, just a few key modifications to the course introduced the overall distance as much as 102.5 miles, packing 33,000 toes of elevation achieve and loss, all at excessive altitude and over tough terrain.
Pre-race dialogue largely targeted on the assembly of Jornet and D’Haene, respectively, the clockwise and the counter-clockwise course report holders, on the lads’s facet, and UTMB course record-holder Courtney Dauwalter’s second try on the Hardrock 100. These expectations didn’t disappoint, with Jornet and D’Haene operating neck and neck for 95 miles for the win and a brand new total males’s course report, and Dauwalter ending greater than seven hours forward of her nearest rival, additionally setting an total course report for girls. On to the complete story!
2022 Hardrock 100 Males’s Race
The lads’s race on the 2022 Hardrock 100 completed just about consistent with expectations – with an epic showdown between two of the best skills ever seen within the sport – Kilian Jornet (pre-race interview) and François D’Haene (pre-race interview). However there was loads extra motion alongside the best way, with daring strikes from Dakota Jones (pre-race interview), and a few sturdy operating additional again the sphere. Right here’s how this yr’s clockwise motion performed out.
From the beginning, the runners made a reasonably predictable formation on the entrance of the sphere. Dakota Jones, Francois D’Haene, and Kilian Jornet led the cost, operating collectively, with Jones joking with one among our reporters that that they had agreed to complete within the aforementioned order. A really joyful trying Dani Jung adopted shut again from the leaders in fourth on the KT help station at mile 11.5, with John Kelly three minutes later in fifth. There was a spot of ten minutes or extra from this entrance pack to Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson, who seemed to be taking it very simple in sixth and seventh.
The entrance trio remained inside just a few strides of one another the entire manner into Ouray at mile 44, and though trying relaxed, they had been already twelve minutes up on the right track report tempo. Jung nonetheless adopted in fourth, however the hole had widened to nearly half an hour. He nonetheless appeared very contemporary and seemed to be taking the excessive street and operating his personal race, fairly than getting caught up in something exterior of his consolation zone. The subsequent three positions — Kelly, Browning, and Nelson — additionally remained unchanged with Kelly showing extra sombre than the others, however nonetheless making a quick turnaround within the help station.
Jones was the one to make the transfer that cracked the entrance trio, and he got here into the Engineer help station at roughly the midway level 11 minutes away from Jornet and D’Haene, who remained collectively. Jung held on steadfastly in fourth, and former Hardrock champion Browning had moved as much as take fifth from a struggling John Kelly.
Jones continued to paved the way by way of Grizzly Gulch, two-thirds of the best way into the race, however the Euro duo of Jornet and D’Haene had begun to shut. By Sherman at mile 73, the 2 had joined forces, getting into and leaving the help station collectively eight minutes forward of Jones.
They continued to run inside seconds of one another, however by Cunningham Gulch at mile 93, there was a notable shift in tone because the race had begun in earnest. Jornet was the primary to depart the help station with D’Haene following seconds later. D’Haene appeared sturdy and might by no means be underestimated within the end, however after the headtorches started to flicker on the ultimate descent by way of Arrastra Gulch, it was Jornet who emerged first from the darkness, having put 5 minutes on his good friend and opponent within the roughly four-mile stretch.
Jornet powered by way of to the end, taking his fifth victory in 5 Hardrock begins, and a clockwise and total course report in a time of 21:36:34. D’Haene adopted and touched the rock at 21:51:21, which was additionally below the unique clockwise report from Jornet’s 2014 run.
Additional again, regardless of shedding maintain of first place, Dakota Jones by no means stopped pushing and took third in a powerful 23:06:19, making his pre-race objective of breaking 24 hours.
An emotional Dani Jung got here dwelling in fourth, a place he held primarily all race, in a time of 25:53:47. That is only the start of Jung’s season, with UTMB and Diagonale des Fous nonetheless to return, and will probably be attention-grabbing to look at him construct on this efficiency.
Jeff Browning was subsequent dwelling, ending his sixth Hardrock in a time of 26:17:47, saying on the end “It doesn’t get any simpler.”
2022 Hardrock 100 Males’s Outcomes
- Kilian Jornet (NNormal) – 21:36:24 (pre-race interview)
- New course report (outdated total course report – François D’Haene, 21:45:50, 2021) (outdated clockwise course report – 22:41:33, Kilian Jornet, 2014)
- François D’Haene (Salomon) – 21:51:19 (pre-race interview)
- Dakota Jones (NNormal) – 23:06:17 (pre-race interview)
- Daniel Jung (SCARPA/Karpos) – 25:53:43 (pre-race interview)
- Jeff Browning (Altra) – 26:17:43
- Luke Nelson (Patagonia/La Sportiva) – 28:46:19
- Nick Coury (Aravaipa) – 30:37:13
- John Fitzgerald – 31:08:14
- Jeason Murphy – 31:10:03
- John Kelly (Final Path/La Sportiva) – 31:29:32
2022 Hardrock 100 Girls’s Race
The 2022 Hardrock 100 begin record included 27 girls, probably the most the race has ever had. As anticipated, Courtney Dauwalter (pre-race interview) scored a decisive victory, setting a brand new clockwise and total girls’s course report. Diana Finkel beforehand held the clockwise report of 28:32 (2010) and total report of 27:18:24 (2009). Additional again within the discipline, the highest ten of the sphere was far more intently packed this yr than we’ve seen beforehand at Hardrock, together with final yr’s second- and third-place finishers Darcy Piceu (pre-race interview) and Meghan Hicks, late entrant off the waitlist Hannah Inexperienced, and 450k Tor des Glaciers winner Stephanie Case (pre-race interview). Right here’s how the race unfolded.
Dauwalter was off to an early lead, however began conservatively sufficient with out making an attempt to hole the course report tempo instantly. She bought by way of the Chapman help station at mile 18 with 4:16 on the clock. Darcy Piceu and Maggie Guterl (pre-race interview) adopted in second and third, some 37 minutes again, in jovial humor, ready for one another on the help station. They had been adopted 10 minutes later by Hannah Inexperienced in fourth, with Stephanie Case one other two minutes again in fifth.
Via Telluride at mile 28, Dauwalter had prolonged her lead on second place, Guterl, to 67 minutes, with Piceu coming in an in depth third and leaving the help station alongside Guterl. Hannah Inexperienced adopted in fourth, with Stephanie Case in fifth, who was already recovering from some early abdomen points.
Previous mile 33 at Kroger’s Canteen, as Dauwalter barreled forward, the chasing girls had paired off and had been working collectively — with Piceu and Guterl nonetheless in second and third and all smiles, whereas Hannah Inexperienced and Stephanie Case had joined forces 22 minutes again from that duo.
Dauwalter arrived on the Engineer help station, simply previous the midway level, in sixth-place total with 12:10 on the clock, nonetheless trying sturdy and in management. The trouble was beginning to present by Sherman at mile 73, however she was nonetheless consuming effectively and targeted.
Stephanie Case, who had crept up the ladies’s discipline, arrived into Sherman as second girl. Hannah Inexperienced adopted in third at mile 73 — trying drained, however calm and picked up as she had carried out all race — with Darcy Piceu and Meghan Hicks nipping at her heels in fourth and fifth.
By this level, Duawalter was greater than 5 hours away from her nearest girls’s competitor, and ideas had been beginning to flip to Diana Finkel’s longstanding course information. After a comparatively conservative starting, Dauwalter lastly took the lid off after all report tempo by mile 93 at Cunningham Gulch, coming in with 24:16 on the clock. She appeared to develop in energy and resolve because the end line approached, and finally stormed dwelling in a time of 26:44:38, so as to add Hardrock 100 to her litany of wins, course information, and different ultrarunning achievements.
Case ran sturdy to the ending, end her first Hardrock 100 in second place in 32:52:46. The city of Silverton got here out to rejoice native resident Hannah Inexperienced’s third-place end in a time of 34:26:39, taking practically two full hours supply her time from 2017.
For the primary time in her 9 begins, Darcy Picue completed decrease than second, however she labored by way of countless to complete fourth in 35:08:06.
We’ve revealed this text at 36:30 elapsed, and we’ll proceed to replace the outcomes record under as extra girls end.
2022 Hardrock 100 Girls’s Outcomes
- Courtney Dauwalter (Salomon) – 26:44:36 (pre-race interview)
- New course report (outdated total course report – Diana Finkel, 27:18:24, 2009) (outdated clockwise course report – Diana Finkel, 28:32:00, 2010)
- Stephanie Case (The North Face) – 32:52:46 (pre-race interview)
- Hannah Inexperienced – 34:26:39
- Darcy Piceu (Smartwool) – 35:08:06
- Meghan Hicks – 36:32:52
Extra Present Rankings at Time of Publication
- 6. Joanna Ford
- 7. Emily Halnon
- 8. Dana Samis
- 9. Julia German
- 10. Maggie Guterl
[Editor’s Note: Please be forgiving in any small errors. We’re all working in extremely deprived states with initial publication made 38 hour into the editor’s day. We make additions and clean things up along the way.]