2016 Hardrock 100 Results

Salomon - Hardrock 100For the second year in a row, Anna Frost (pre-race and post-race interviews) won the 2016 Hardrock 100 women’s race. She did so with unyielding pressure off the front, despite challenging heat conditions in addition to the normal challenges of the Hardrock course.

The men’s race ended in what many fans at the race suggested was perfect-for-the-Hardrock-family style, with a tie between Kilian Jornet (pre-race and post-race interviews) and Jason Schlarb (pre-race and post-race interviews). The pair dueled and worked together for some 90 miles of the race before ultimately agreeing to finish together. Kilian’s win is his third straight at Hardrock, and Jason’s win was his first.

For all the details on how the race played out, read back through our live coverage from race day.

[If you’ve not yet checked it out, be sure to take a look at Meghan Hicks’s long-form multi-media feature on the mining history along the Hardrock course!]

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2016 Hardrock 100 Men’s Race

The men’s race started inauspiciously with Jason Schlarb, Kilian Jornet, and Xavier Thévenard (pre-race and post-race interviews) running together and slower than course-record pace. As the race heated up, all three started to increase the pace to at, or below, course-record pace by Telluride, mile 27. These top-three runners were stalked by the ever-consistent Jeff Browning (pre-race interview), as well as Joe Grant, Troy Howard, and Nick Clark. Coming into the aid station at Ouray (mile 44), Joe Grant concussed his head going through a tunnel, and the weather had turned to become the hottest Hardrock in recent history.

Jason Schlarb - Kilian Jornet - Xavier Thevenard - 2016 Hardrock 100 - Putnam

Xavier Thévenard, Jason Schlarb, and Kiliam Jornet on the summit of the first climb. Photo: iRunFar/Amy French

As the trio of Jornet, Thévenard, and Schlarb continued to pull away at under course-record pace, the afternoon heat intensified. Stalwart veteran Browning was consistent in staying approximately 90 minutes behind the leaders. Thévenard fell back from leaders Schlarb and Jornet going up Handies Peak, the race high point and mile 63, and he remained in third place for the remainder of the race. Schlarb and Jornet continued to run together, and at the Cunningham Gulch aid station (mile 91), they agreed to run it in together for a deliberate tie. Both runners commented at the finish that they could have been dropped by the other over the last 30 miles.

Xavier Thevenard - Jason Schlarb - Kilian Jornet - 2016 Hardrock 100 - KT

Xavier Thévenard leading Jason Schlarb and Kilian Jornet at mile 11. Photo: iRunFar/Marissa Harris

Thévenard came into the finish 50 minutes back, stating through loose translation from French to English that Hardrock was the measure of a difficult 100 miler.

Jeff Browning continued to impress with his speed and consistency at age 44 in taking fourth place, three weeks after his third-place finish at Western States, with his combined time for the two races bettering Nick Clark’s previous record for the double from 2011Ryan Kaiser rounded out the men’s top five.

Many Hardrockers commented about struggling in the extreme heat, which race director Dale Garland described as the hottest year in memory.

Kilian Jornet - 2016 Hardrock 100 - Chapman

Kilian Jornet at mile 18. Photo: iRunFar/Sarah Lavender Smith

2016 Hardrock 100 Men’s Results

  1. Xavier Thévenard (ASICS) — 23:57:10 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  2. Jeff Browning (Altra) — 25:42:03 (pre-race interview)
  3. Ryan Kaiser — 27:39:16
  4. Bryan Williams — 28:41:19
  5. Ted Mahon — 28:52:04
  6. Grant Guise (Altra) — 30:35:54
  7. Timothy Olson (The North Face) — 31:53:36
  8. Scott Jaime (Pearl Izumi) — 32:13:45

Full results.

2016 Hardrock 100 Women’s Race

For the second-consecutive year, Anna Frost won the women’s race. Anna led from start to finish in a race where heat played a significant factor. By the time Frost reached Ouray at mile 44 and began the long ascent up the Bear Creek drainage toward Engineer Pass at mile 52, which she was “absolutely boiling” and had to slow down her pace to a walk, she had a 26-minute lead over Emma Roca (pre-race and post-race interviews) which would extend to 41 minutes by Maggie Gulch at mile 85. Anna maintained her composure and went on to run a clockwise time of 29:02:09 and eighth-place overall.

Frost found this race much harder than her 2015 win both mentally and physically despite not being pushed in the same way by second place. This year’s clockwise-course direction, with its long and runnable downhills, didn’t play to her strengths. Her favorite part of the course was going over its high point, Handies Peak, at night with the the bright moon, stars, and coyotes howling.

Anna Frost - 2016 Hardrock 100 - Oscar's Pass

Anna Frost climbing Oscar’s Pass early in the race. Photo: iRunFar/Mad Moose Events

Roca ran her own race for a very solid second-place finish. Emma ran in third until Chapman Gulch (mile 18) where she overtook Bethany Lewis (pre-race and post-race interviews), who took the race out hard. Roca looked controlled throughout the race, but she also looked affected by the heat in places. That said, she moved through aid stations quickly and with determination, and she never let the gap between she and Frost extend beyond 40 minutes. At Grouse Gulch (mile 58), she commented about the beauty of the course. At the finish with her family, which had crewed her through the day, night, and day again, she was emotionally charged.

Emma Roca - 2016 Hardrock 100 - Finish

Emma Roca finishing second with her family. Photo: iRunFar/Tom Caughlan

Lewis would eventually finish in third more than two and a half hours behind the winner as she suffered from leg cramps on the descent off Grant Swamp Pass, only the second descent of the race. Instead of chasing her own potential, she spent most of the race trying to minimize any further damage. Icing her quadriceps in Ouray, a longer break at Sherman (mile 72), a lay-down rest at Maggie Gulch, and a lot of her own willpower are how she said she managed her way back to the finish line.

Fourth place was experienced Hardrocker, Darla Askew, closely followed by Meghan Hicks in fifth.

Bethany Lewis - 2016 Hardrock 100 - Telluride

Bethany Lewis running toward third place. Photo: iRunFar/Sarah Lavender Smith

2016 Hardrock 100 Women’s Results

  1. Anna Frost (Salomon) — 29:02:09 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  2. Emma Roca (BUFF) — 29:36:40 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  3. Bethany Lewis — 31:56:36 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  4. Darla Askew — 33:51:49
  5. Meghan Hicks — 34:25:25
  6. Betsy Nye — 38:23:25
  7. Rachel Bucklin — 42:55:17
  8. Tina Ure — 43:55:59
  9. Jill Bonney — 45:28:39
  10. Betsy Kalmeyer — 45:50:25

Full results.

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Coverage Thanks

A sincere thank you to the massive group of people who helped make iRunFar’s live coverage of Hardrock possible over two days in some remote and rugged mountain terrain. Thank you to Marissa Harris, Mauri Pagliacci, Tom Caughlan, Dave James, Amy French, Ashley Saloga, Matthew Curtis, Sarah Lavender Smith, Kristin Zosel, Roch Horton, Jared Campbell, Rachel Bell Kelley, Travis Trampe, Kim Wrinkle, Vince Heyd, Adrian Lazar, Dani Torres, Rodri Lizama, Justin Ricks and his whole family, Aisha and Steve Weinhold, Mike Place, Alex Nichols, Ellie Greenwood, Jon Allen, Gretchen Brugman, Aliza Lapierre, and Dean Georgaris. Phew! What a crew, thank you!

Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com’s Senior Editor, the author of ‘Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running,’ and a Contributing Editor at Trail Runner magazine. The converted road runner finished her first ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world’s wildest places. For more information on Meghan and her adventures, please visit her personal website.

There are 26 comments

  1. CLF

    In case anyone missed it, I’d like to point out the author of this results summary had a fantastic race herself, improving her course PR dramatically over last year. Congrats Meghan!

  2. Oscar Diaz

    I’m deciding to share this story, because of the piece Zach Miller wrote on sharing stories. Only the ultrarunning community can appreciate this.
    So my wife and I are at home the Wednesday before Hardrock. We have followed the sport for many years, and always anticipate the big races of the year. I myself am a runner, and have dabbled in a few ultras myself. We are big fans of Kilian and Emelie, and this was the first time they were both going to be at Hardrock. We thought this may be the last time they are both together, in a place we love to go. (Colorado) So on a whim, we booked a flight to Durango.
    We arrived in Durango around 11pm Friday night. We both worked a full day and were tired, but we wanted to witness what everyone assumed would occur, see Kilian win his third straight hardrock. So after only 2 ½ hours of sleep, we woke up at 3:30am, and drove to Silverton. The vibe was relaxed, but excitement swirled. The talk was that Kilian and Jason were running together. Moments later, applause and yells erupted. Here they came running in together to share the win. Awesome.
    After their interview, they headed inside. I wasn’t sure if we could enter the gym, but we took our chance. It was such a relaxed vide. We entered and everyone was just sitting around talking. My wife and I were hoping for coffee, and a volunteer graciously allowed each a cup. To our surprise, Emelie walks up. We are kind of star struck. We watch all the Salomon videos, and my wife follows her on social media. My wife is more reserved than me, so I introduce myself. I then introduce my wife. We exchange a few words and go about. How cool was that we said. Then, we see Kilian, just sitting on the gym bench. Not sure of what I would say, I just walk up and tell him congrats and good luck at Everest. He was as nice as everyone has said. How cool was that.
    After leaving, I regretted not really saying more, but it was cool to see him win along with Jason. Two winners at Hardrock has not happened in 19 years, so we witnessed a piece of ultrarunning history!
    Later that morning, we sat in our car and decided to make our way into the mountains
    As I started the car and backed up, who comes into the car next me? None than Kilian and Emelie. How cool was that. The next morning, we wanted to see the awards ceremony. We were not sure what time it was going to start. Nonetheless, we drove to Silverton. We needed coffee and stopped at a café. It was packed. As we got out of our car, we walked in behind Emelie! She remembered us and said hi. How cool was that. We didn’t know what time the awards were and we had a few hours left to explore the area, so we decided to go, since our flight left at 1:20 pm to Denver. We were connecting to Houston, TX.
    At the airport, my wife and I are waiting in line not sure if we will need to check bags. Our connecting flight was leaving only 30 minutes after we landed. The clerk asked us if we needed help, and we told her we had a question about our bags. She indicated she had to finish assigning seats first. As we waited, wife told me the awards were going on. She said Kilian wasn’t there, that he had already left for the Alps. Wow. That’s interesting. The airport clerk called out a name, then another, then another, then another. Then, Journet Burgada, Journet Bugada, come to the counter please. My wife didn’t catch that, but I did.I said, ‘did you hear that?!’ Kilian is on our flight!!! Sure enough, wearing his Hardrock shirt, and flip flops, comes Kilian to the counter. Unreal! The clerk asked if he ran it, and he said yes. That’s it. I immediately exclaimed he won it! The clerk’s eyes shot out. The guy next to him said youre the guy he won the last two years?! Kilian mentioned he and another ran it in together this year. They both congratulated him, and he walked to the back of the gate. I boarded the plane and told my wife how cool it was that Kilian is on our plane. Then, I see Kilian coming. There is an empty seat next to me. He stopped next to me, puts his bag in the upper compartment, and takes a seat. Right next to me! To a normal person, this is no big deal. The an ultrarunning fan who has seen all his films, followed all his races, read his book, this is ridiculous. My wife couldnt believe it either.
    Needless to say, I got to chat with him, after I gained my composure. This is the Michael Jordan of ultra trail running.
    As I got up to leave, I one last time shook his hand, congratulated him, told him is was nice to meet him, and good luck at Everest. He told me good luck with your upcoming races.
    That was effing unreal.

    1. CLF

      Awesome story Oscar, thanks for sharing!

      Few of my running friends have taken up my suggestion to do the Hardrock weekend thing like you just did (crew/pace/volunteer/spectate/whatever works), as it takes some effort and can be hard to fit into busy lives. But those who do are never disappointed, including me. And you and your wife, it would appear :)

        1. CLF

          I have to admit at the awards ceremony I was a bit perplexed with Kilian’s absence, so it’s good to know he was taking care of important business (re: catching up with you and your wife).

    2. dean G

      Yeah… There seem to be a lot of just really great down-to-Earth people in this sport… And the fact that, as you go up in talent and success level, you still find that many of them are that way… Well, that’s why slow people like me admire them all so.

    3. Stephen

      I have a job that revolves working around professional athletes and famous broadcasters all the time. I am not star-struck by those individuals anymore because I have been doing it for so long. There are very few that would chat (briefly) with you, but most are very guarded and don’t want to be bothered.

      Actually athletes such as pro basketball and football players don’t impress me like talented ultrarunners do. The Kilians of the world in my opinion are in better shape physically, and excel at their sport without the big money draw. Very cool to have an experience like yours with the best athletes on the planet (IMHO). Thanks for sharing!

      1. Judd

        Great story Oscar. I met Killian in 2014 at HR. I also was impressed with his humbleness. It is so refreshing to meet someone like Kilian, “Michael Jordon of ultra running”, that doesn’t brag on a blog about all the miles he is running, vert he’s climbing or feel the need to put other runners down. I am glad we have men like killian and Jason at the top of our sport…..

      1. Chris B

        Hmm, maybe it’s experimental? Looks like the it’s a vest where the the strap wraps all the way to the back (a la Salomon), instead of having webbing.

  3. Mark Oveson

    Better results are here:

    http://www.opensplittime.org/events/50/spread

    and in a searchable/paginated format here:

    http://www.opensplittime.org/events/50

    OpenSplitTime.org was on site at Silverton headquarters keeping track of Hardrock times in parallel with the old Hardrock system. We were just beta testing the time entry system this year, but stay tuned for Hardrock 2017 and expect vast improvements over what you saw this year.

    All times should be correct and complete. If you see anything that doesn’t look right, please contact [email protected]pensplittime.org.

    Historic Hardrock data is on the site as well, back to 1999. Check it out here:

    http://www.opensplittime.org/races/1

    We’re working with the race organizers to get the 1992-1998 data in there.

    Enjoy!

  4. Ben

    Ryan Kaiser deserves a longer shout-out. He ran a very intelligent race and stayed within himself. After lingering in around 10th early in the race he worked his way up to 6th down Camp Bird road. Once taking care of himself in Ouray for a few extra minutes he started the long hike up and over Engineer. He caught Joe Grant about three miles in to the climb and was then in 5th by mile 45. He would never pass or get passed again and stayed perfectly in 5th until the finish.

    How often does it happen that the top 5 guys in an ultra at mile 45 stay the top 5 guys at the finish? Quite a remarkable race run by these guys.

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