Hardrock 100

Hardrock 2019: Cancelled

Due to historic snowfall, avalanches, avalanche debris, an inability to reach certain aid stations and uncertain conditions on more than 40% of the course, the 2019 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run has been canceled. This decision, while difficult, adheres to the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run's overall commitment to land stewardship and the safety of the Hardrock community.

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run committee's decision to cancel the 2019 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run was based on a thorough and complete evaluation of all available information and utilized a number of key resources to support its decision. Firsthand course trail reconnaissance combined with assembled trail reports, key and valuable input from the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forestry Service and the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run committee and Board of Directors all served to guide the decision-making process.

"After an extensive process, it became clear that the uncertainty associated with the condition of the course and the issues that the uncertainty caused among our organizational components meant we could not organize and administer a safe and meaningful 2019 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run that was consistent with the standards and values Hardrock has become known for," said Run Director, Dale Garland. "While snow and snow water equivalent levels looked to be dropping to manageable levels, other issues such as unprecedented avalanche debris, unstable snow bridges and high-water levels all contributed to us reaching the tough final decision that we did."

All runners who are entered in the 2019 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run as of June 10th, 2019 will have the option of either rolling over their entry into the 2020 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run or withdrawing their entry slot and receiving a full refund of their entry fee. Entrants must notify the Run Director, Dale Garland, by email (dale@hardrock100.com) by July 12th, 2019 if they wish to withdraw; otherwise they will be considered to have elected to roll over their entry into the 2020 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run. Any withdrawals after July 12th, 2019 will receive the usual 50% refund of their entry fee. The wait lists, as they stand on June 10th, 2019 will also roll over to 2020 and any entry slots that open up will be filled from them. There will not be a lottery for the 2020 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run, and no additional applications will be taken. Runners will not be required to do another qualifier to run the 2020 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run.

Service requirements already satisfied for the 2019 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run will apply to the 2020 run. Those individuals who have not yet completed their Service Requirement must do so before July 1st, 2020, and we must receive their Service Agreement Form before July 6th, 2020, or they will be removed from the entrant list. The waits lists will be purged of any runners who have not yet turned in their Service Requirement Form on July 6th, 2020.

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run understands that many people already have their plans finalized. With that in mind, the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run is looking at alternative activities to undertake for those individuals who are still planning to be in Silverton in July. Both the Hardrock Hundred website and our social media channels will be updated accordingly as those activities become finalized.

2019 Cancellation FAQs

We appreciate everyone's support and understanding regarding the cancellation of the 2019 Hardrock. Here are some questions that many of you have asked regarding that cancellation.

1. I still want to run parts of the Hardrock course. Should I, and, where can I get information on conditions?

Local agencies and chambers of commerce will have the most up-to-date information on road and trail conditions. Hardrock encourages you to communicate with them directly.

Hardrock would like to ask that you be mindful of the fragility and safety related issues on any parts of the San Juans as winter releases it's grasp on our area. Snow bridges, avalanche debris and other issues are the primary drivers behind the run's cancellation, and those dangers will likely be present in some places on course through the end of July.

414 Green St
Silverton, CO 81433

1230 Main St.
Ouray, CO 81427

800 Gunnison Ave.
Lake City, CO 81235
236 W. Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435

15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301

1803 W. Highway 160
Monte Vista, CO 81144
2250 South Main St
Delta, Colorado 81416

2465 S. Townsend Ave.
Montrose, CO 81401

2. When is the 2020 Hardrock?

We love your planning ahead! 2020 Hardrock will be July 17-19. We will run the 2020 Hardrock in the counterclockwise direction as was planned for this year. Please remember, this year's entrants and wait lists are automatically rolled over to 2020.

Entrants - if you would like a refund (and lose your spot), please notify NO LATER THAN JULY 12th for a full refund. If you decide after July 12th to withdraw, you will get a 50% refund. Any available spots that open up after July 12 will be filled from the 2019 waitlist.

3. How are qualifiers going to work moving forward?

The qualifying process remains generally unchanged.
2020 Hardrock: No lottery. Open spots will be filled from the 2019 waitlist.
2021 Hardrock: Complete one of the qualifiers listed on our webpage in 2019 or 2020 OR have completed Hardrock in 2018 or 2020.
2022 Hardrock: Complete one of the qualifiers listed on our webpage in 2020 or 2021 OR have completed Hardrock in 2020 or 2021.
Entrants and wait listers in the 2019 run who are rolled over to 2020 do not need to requalify.

4. How are lottery tickets going to work moving forward?

The ticket earning process remains unchanged. There will be no lottery for the 2020 Hardrock. Tickets will continue to accumulate in the normal way for each lottery "bucket". In essence, we are skipping the entire 2019 season, so all lottery entrants will be affected equally, and no one will accumulate additional tickets during the 2019 season (with a possible exception for trail work, TBD).

5. I'd still like to come to Silverton in July, are there any plans?

We would love to see you this summer!! What would Hardrock be without Camp Hardrock? We are in the process of putting together an extended Camp Hardrock schedule. Suffice to say it will be much more social and trail work oriented than usual Camp Hardrocks. Of course, family and friends are invited to join us as well! Stay tuned for more details.

Hardrock has a significant economic impact on Silverton, Ouray, Lake City and the entire area. We know our cancellation can mean a loss of over a million dollars to the small local economy. Please consider coming out to the San Juans this summer regardless. There are so many fun things we can do... all without the stress of putting on a run. Explore trails and routes you normally wouldn't. Float the Animas, take a mine tour, visit the hot springs, ride the train, fly fish, check out a museum and so on. Give yourself the time to enjoy that restaurant or coffee shop or brewery or funnel cake shop you might have missed in past years. Come on out!

6. Even though the run isn't happening, is Hardrock still planning to award the Joel Zucker Memorial Scholarship this year?

The scholarship committee met earlier this year (before the run was canceled) and has already awarded this year's scholarships. Watch for an announcement soon!

We will always be accepting donations for the fund, and could likely use some extra help to make sure next summer's scholarships (awarded next May) are fully funded. As always, thank you to all of you who support this scholarship!

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".
Follow the other instructions for amount and whether you want to use PayPal, credit card, or debit card.
Click "Donate Now".

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

7. What is the best way to get signed up to help with trail work in the area throughout the summer?

We are still working on schedules for this. Hardrock will likely be coordinating some of our own workdays, but the larger scope will be run through the USFS, BLM and partner non-profits who have a long-term relationship with those federal agencies. Please watch for announcements from Trails 2000 and/or the Ouray Trails Group.

8. Why was the run canceled and not simply postponed?

A myriad of logistical challenges made it unfeasible. Lodging, hotels and other venues in Silverton and surrounding communities are already fully booked. Key race administrators and volunteers are unable make schedule changes, and there were concerns about rescheduling the overall pool of 475 volunteers required to put the run on.

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.