Hardrock 100

Hardrock 100 Virtual Race Challenge

The official Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run is one of the world’s most challenging and coveted ultramarathons. In normal circumstances runners on the course cover 66,000 feet of elevation change at an average elevation of over 11,000 feet, looping across 4WD roads, dirt trails, and cross country in the San Juan Mountain Range of Southern Colorado. The small field size and lottery requirements of Hardrock make it extremely difficult to get into the race in typical years.

This year Hardrock is open to everyone, and the Hardrock 100 Virtual Race Challenge is being offered with a full 100 mile / 33,000 foot option, along with a couple alternative options as well. Complete your challenge in a single run, or in multiple efforts – as many as you need – between now and September 7. Results tracking is automated through PWR Lab (using a compatible GPS watch or your phone), or through manual entry on the honor system.

Like the Hardrock 100, the Hardrock 100 Hundred Mile Virtual Race Challenge is special. As always, proceeds from Hardrock support the local San Juan Mountain communities that line the Hardrock course. Unlike in most virtual races, Hardrock participants with GPS enabled watches can use their actual running data (it's super easy to sync your watch with a free trial account provided by PWR Lab). Participants whose progress is tracked automatically by their GPS watch and those who log miles manually (through the easy-to-use submission tool) are noted separately on the most engaging virtual race leaderboard on the planet. Track progress on an interactive leaderboard, including a dynamic map showing your position on the actual Hardrock course, to see who crosses the line first, who gets there the fastest, who does the most climbing, and who just gets out there and gets the work done. Follow along to see the 360 view of your virtual place on the actual Hardrock course! The views are incredible. Anyone can follow the race on the leaderboard: check out the live leaderboard and be sure to click on someone’s name to see their view from the real course.

What’s next?
Learn more on our Virtual Race page or register on our UltraSignup event page. Registration is open now through September 7. Racing has already started, but you have plenty of time to finish and compare your time to others that started earlier or later. Share information about the Hardrock 100 Hundred Mile Virtual Race Challenge with your running friends.

CONGRATULATIONS to 2020's Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship winners!

We are awarding a record $33,000 this year, thanks to all of your generous contributions.
Full Press Release

High School Graduates:

  • Clair Cunningham (Lake City) $4000; Berry College, Rome, GA
  • Wyatt Gober (Silverton) $4000; Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  • Amaris Hamilton (Silverton) $4000; Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
  • Jessica Henderson (Silverton) $1500; San Juan College, Farmington, NM
  • Kyra Maxfield (Silverton) $1500; Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

Continuing Education:
  • Talitha Coombs (Silverton) $3000; Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
  • Hannah deKay (Silverton) $3000; Regis University, Denver, CO
  • Miranda Hall (Lake City) $3000; Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA
  • Jacee Lawrence (Lake City) $3000; Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
  • Megan Levine (Lake City) $3000; Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
  • Kayla Zimmerman (Silverton) $3000; Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run awards college scholarships to Silverton High School seniors and seniors from the San Juan region who have a connection to the run. Scholarships are also available to former recipients who are continuing their undergraduate education.

Donations are Appreciated!
To donate online:
Go to the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado
Click on the "DONATE" button in the upper right.
Click on the "Add special instructions to the seller" and enter "Joel Zucker Scholarship".

If you want to mail in a check, make it out to "Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado" and make sure to enter "Joel Zucker Scholarship" in the memo line. Mail it to:
Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado
PO Box 1673
Durango, CO 81302

Rollover Policy for Hardrock 2021

Hardrock has now been cancelled 2 years in a row, and the last Hardrock lottery was nearly two years ago in December 2018.

For our Never runners, we know running Hardrock may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Never entrant and wait lists will all be rolled over to 2021.

Our Else and Veteran runners will have their entry fees fully refunded. For those categories, we will re-open lottery entries in November, and have a new draw in December.

We know the number of Never applicants to Hardrock has quadrupled since our last formula update in 2013. For 2021, we will add 20 additional slots to the Never category, to be filled by runners on the current Never wait list.

To minimize the overall impact, 5 fewer entrants will each be selected from the Veteran and Else pools this December lottery, creating a net max increase to the field of 10. To keep the overall number close to 145, the first 10 drops from any entrant list will not be filled. Starting with the 11th drop, spots will be filled as normal.

We feel that this balances our goals of giving more runners the opportunity to run Hardrock, while maintaining the "Hardrock Family" atmosphere of long-time Hardrockers returning to challenge the course again.

Full Policy Statement

Hardrock 2020 Cancelled

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, all aspects of the 2020 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run have been canceled. This includes the run, Camp Hardrock, and the Hardrock 100 Mountain Running Camp.

Over the past two months, the Board of Directors and Run Committee completed a thorough decision-making process. This process included consultations with key officials within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), public health departments and the local communities that support Hardrock.

“We have met tirelessly as a Board and Run Committee over these past months. We know the economic impact to the region, as well as the desire of our runners - already postponed for a year - to experience Hardrock. In the end, safety to all was the overriding factor. Our event gathers runners, volunteers, crew and more from around the world into small, isolated mountain communities. We spent a lot of time asking questions and considering options, trying to find a safe version of Hardrock we could hold this year, but the difficult final decision was to cancel the run. We look forward to seeing every member of the Hardrock family in the San Juans in 2021,” shared Run Director Dale Garland.

In the near future, we will be updating our community and runners registered for the 2020 Hardrock in regards to the impact this cancellation has on registrations for 2021.

Press Release

Hardrock 100 At a Glance

100-mile run with 33,050 feet of climb and 33,050 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 66,100 feet with an average elevation of 11,186 feet - low point 7,680 feet (Ouray) and high point 14,048 feet (Handies Peak).

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.