Hardrock 100

Hardrock Lottery changes for 2023

For the 2023 Hardrock Hundred, we will be consolidating the “Else” and “Veteran” lottery pools into a single “Finishers” lottery pool. This change will be in effect for the lottery for the 2023 Hardrock, to be held in December of this year. The “Never Finished” lottery pool will be unchanged. The lottery for the new “Finishers” pool will be conducted using the ticket algorithm for the previous “Else” lottery.

We will continue the 2022 policy of having separate lotteries for men and women, so this two-lottery structure is actually four lotteries: “Men Never Finished”, “Men Finishers”, Women Never Finished”, and “Women Finishers”.

This change is being made to strike a better balance between welcoming new runners to Hardrock and maintaining the “Hardrock Family” aspect of the run. The effect on applicant’s chances of being selected depends on the specific allocation of slots between the lottery pools, which is still to be determined. Historically, applicants in the Veteran pool with five finishes have had a much higher chance of getting in than applicants in the Else pool with four finishes. This change will smooth that transition.

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2022 Run - Major Updates

Course Changes

Since last year, our route has changed in two places, and three aid stations have been moved.

The largest change is moving our Grouse Gulch Aid Station (and renaming it) to Animas Forks. This move is due to a necessary relocation to nearer the permanent pit toilets at the ghost town site. The new aid station site is along CR-9, just off of CR-2, in a large clearing immediately upstream of where CR-9 crosses the Animas River (37.9295° -107.5681°).

The route change adds a 1.08mi loop through the townsite, while removing the previous 0.27mi out & back at the old Grouse site, for a net increase of 0.81mi.

It may appear on a close-up map that the route takes the long way around. Of the alternatives, an out & back option from CR-2 is only 0.04mi shorter with much more congestion. We had hoped to find a social trail shortcut directly from CR-2 to the aid site, but hours of searching proved that is not a viable option. (Plus the loop gives you a close up look at the town). New crewing/parking specs apply.

The next set of changes are in the Pole Creek section.

In 2021, we were required to change the route to eliminate a traditional shortcut bridging the Cataract Creek and Pole Creek Trails near Cataract Lake and revert to system trails with a short section on the Continental Divide Trail, making the actual route 0.61mi longer than the 100.5mi published in the Runners Manual last year.

For 2022, we are required to make a similar change, eliminating another traditional shortcut between the Pole Creek and West Pole Trails and following them to their true junction before turning, adding another 0.56mi to the route.

In addition, to better site the aid station and limit its exposure to significant weather events, it will be moving slightly east from its traditional location to along the Pole Creek Trail between the East Fork Middle Pole and West Pole Trails (37.8061° -107.4669°). See a close up map of the changes.

Finally, the Governor's Basin Aid Station will be moving slightly along the established route, 0.37mi further downhill towards Ouray. This will both take advantage of a more spacious pull-off and avoid future conflicts with a neighboring parcel of land that has new ownership (37.9774° -107.7571°). No change in distance.

In total, the course is 1.37mi longer than 2021, and 1.98mi longer than our last clockwise year in 2018. The cut-off at Cunningham Aid Station is lengthened from 2:00AM to 2:30AM to allow runners following the now slightly faster requisite 48Hr pace their best chance to finish.

*Mileages for the same GPX file will vary between different mapping platforms. Strava is linked here because of its popular use, but a full comparative data set gives the more accurate mileages and elevation changes listed on the Table.

Runners Manual

With the finalization of our course details for this year, the Runners Manual has now been fully updated and is ready for your study.

Construction:

There is major construction happening on US 50 between Delta and Gunnison. While this does not directly impact the course, it may impact the normal route crews take between Ouray and Sherman, as well as one of the main routes to Silverton from the Denver/Front Range area. Check https://www.us50info.com/ for the latest info, and we'll include an update during the Runners Briefing. Currently, their schedule is:

  • Monday-Friday OPEN for single-lane, alternating traffic operations: 6:30 – 8:30 AM, 12:30 – 1:30 PM, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
  • Weekends OPEN to two-way traffic 5:30 PM Friday to 8:30 AM Monday
  • Full roadway closures all other times

Community Camping:

Hardrock has rented the Kendall Mountain Ski Area for camping for our runners, crews and volunteers for run weekend, from Wednesday July 13 through Sunday July 18. See full details and reserve a spot here.

Considering both gas prices for everyone traveling and this being an inaugural test, we are making it free this year. Know that Silverton is taking a proactive stance towards legal camping and away from folks sleeping in their vehicles along city streets - please help us be good partners for the town.

There is plenty of room for tent/car/truck camping. Advance reservations are appreciated, but we expect to have plenty of space for folks to just show up. Sprinter Vans, RVs and Trailers are restricted to a specific area, and space may fill - reservations recommended. Campground Map

If you arrive between 6a-10p, check in with the Camp Host. If they are not present (or you arrive outside those hours), go ahead & set up camp, and send a text to the Camp Host (970-759-0369) with your name, vehicle make/model, license plate number, and nights you'll be staying, and they'll put a pass on your windshield later that day.

Additionally, the Ski Lodge will be open for general use by registered campers, including a small kitchen, dining area, water, bathrooms and electricity (Hours TBD).

Showers are available to all at the Silverton School Gym from 5-7p Wednesday & Thursday evenings for $5/person. The showers will also be available while the run is happening, and ask that everyone gives runners priority. Alternatively, the Silverton Lakes RV Park (2100 Kendall Rd) has showers available everyday from 8a-7p for $15/person.

CONGRATULATIONS to 2022's Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship winners!

The Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship is proud to announce this year’s twelve deserving recipients from Silverton and Lake City, awarding a record $37,000 for 2022.
Full Press Release

High School Graduates:

  • Belen Roof - Silverton HS
  • Bennett Levine - Lake City Community School
  • Elissa Stephens - Lake City Community School
  • Caroline Thompson - Lake City Community School

Continuing Education:

  • Daniela Acosta - El Paso Community College
  • Raja Braford-Lefebvre - Fort Lewis College
  • Claire Cunningham - Berry College
  • Emelie deKay - Regis University
  • Jaydyn Gallegos - Grand Canyon University
  • Ian Hall - Cornell College
  • Miranda Hall - Cornell College
  • Amaris Hamilton - Fort Lewis College
  • Molly Wright - American University

Now in it’s 23rd year, we have awarded 131 scholarships totaling $247,550 to San Juan Mountain community students in memory of Joel Zucker from New York state who died 36 hours after completing his third Hardrock Hundred run in 1998. Joel loved Silverton, the mountains, and especially long-distance running. He was a university librarian and the Hardrock Hundred community created this award to honor his memory.

Donations are Appreciated!

San Juan Snow Conditions - June 2022

June 2022 Snowpack Conditions

"The devil is in the details" is a good phrase for the San Juan snowpack of 2022. While the total snowfall numbers appear to be reasonable with 175" of total snow this season, the very rapid melt of the snow pack in May portends a very dry summer in the San Juans. Typically, the Red Mountain Pass receives a bit more than 10" of snow in May and the long-term average Snow-Water Equivalent on June 1 is about 7". In 2022, however, only 2" of snow fell in May and (more troubling) the entire snowpack melted in just two week with the SWE dropping to zero by May 19th. It is very dry, very early in the San Juans and only an early onset of the monsoons will improve the situation.

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.