2014 Hardrock 100 Results

Hardrock 100 The 2014 Hardrock 100 started out looking like it’d be a benign year. The leaders of the stacked men’s field were running above course-record pace, the weather was moderate, and women’s course-record holder Diana Finkel was going out behind Darcy Piceu. Then, of course, everything that makes Hardrock Hardrock came into play. By shortly after sunset, insane electrical storms had blown over the heart of the field, some of the toughest ultrarunners in the sport had dropped, Kilian Jornet was doing as he pleased with the field (and the course record), and Diana Finkel had gone from racing for the women’s win to moving into the overall top five. But then things changed all over again when Diana Finkel dropped from the women’s race for the third year in a row–this year at Maggie Gulch, mile 85.1, from unspecified medical issues. The slightly-more-conservative racing approach of Darcy Piceu paid off, and she won for the third year in a row. And Kilian, well, Kilian made history.

Drymax - 2014 Hardrock 100In addition to this article, you can find our full play-by-play of the race as well as a collection of our pre-race interviews and preview on our 2014 Hardrock 100 Live Coverage page.

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As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Hardrock-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports.

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2014 Hardrock 100 Men’s Race

Early in the race, a group of seven favorites ran together up front and just above course-record pace. No one was surprised to see Kilian, Julien Chorier, Adam Campbell, Timothy Olson, Dakota Jones, Sébastien Chaigneau, or Joe Grant out in front. By Oscar’s Pass at mile 22, Kilian had shattered the group as he went off the front. He had a 5- to 7-minute lead on Julien, Dakota, and Timothy while Seb fell back 10 minutes and Joe and Adam dropped back almost twice that with Scott Jaime joining them.

Kilian continued on with a 4- to 7-minute lead until after Engineer Pass (mile 52) at which point he more or less waited up for Julien so that he’d have someone to run with for a little while. Once Kilian left Grouse Gulch (mile 58) with a pacer to keep him company, it was all over. Kilian started climbing massive Handies Peak and built a 12-minute lead by its summit. His lead only multiplied from there.

While he was speeding away from the rest of the field, he started closing in on Kyle Skaggs’s course record of 23:23:30. He would tell us after the race that he pushed hard from Sherman Aid Station (mile 71.8) to the finish and his splits as compared to Kyle’s prove that:

  • Sherman (mile 71.8) to Pole Creek (mile 80.9): Kilian – 2:09; Kyle – 2:32
  • Pole Creek (mile 80.9) to Maggie Gulch (mile 85.2) : Kilian – :56; Kyle – 1:09
  • Maggie Gulch (mile 85.2) to Cunningham (mile 91.3): Kilian – 1:33; Kyle – 1:51
  • Cunningham (mile 91.3) to the Finish (mile 100.5): Kilian – 2:03; Kyle – 2:31

He ran so much faster than Skaggs did, but then he proceeded to spend 10 or 12 minutes chilling in each of the aid stations before blazing off again, easily spending up to triple the time Kyle did in aid. In the end, despite his rather meandering and care-free approach, he still obliterated the record, running an incredible 22:41:33 and bettering the course record by more than 40 minutes.

2014 Hardrock 100 - Kilian Jornet - Pitman Cascade Ridge

Kilian Jornet made sure to absorb all of the Hardrock course. Photo: iRunFar/Marc Laveson

Julien Chorier was the picture of steady and strong all day, never slowing, never faltering. Early on, he ran with and near the front of the field. And later on, he did the same as well. In the first approximately 25 miles of the race, Julien ran in the lead pack, looking quiet and focused. But by Telluride at mile 28, he had moved into a solid second position which he would hold for the balance of the race. He seemed to have just one minor weakness that revealed itself in the final 15 miles of the race, a really sore back. He crossed the line with a huge smile but a little hunched over, protecting it. After winning the counterclockwise direction in 2011 (post-race interview), his second place this year seals him as a ‘true Hardrocker,’ someone who has completed the run in each direction.

2014 Hardrock 100 - Julien Chorier - Handies Peak

Julien Chorier couldn’t hold Kilian’s pace, but he dominated everyone else. Photo: Ryan Krol or Liz Sasseman

Adam Campbell, what can we say about this guy’s race except that–from the outside looking in–it seemed perfectly executed. He fiddled around just outside the top five for a while before slipping up position by position as he stayed strong when others faltered in the race’s second half. During the first half of the day, his leads or deficits to other runners seemed to stay steady. And, in the night, his deficit to first and second place increased but so did his lead over the rest of the field. A successful day out for a guy who did no altitude training before running North America’s highest-altitude 100 miler.

Also, ahem, his headlamp and pacer got struck by lightning on the shoulder of Handies Peak in the aforementioned bad weather! Everyone is okay save for being frightened beyond oblivion. We can’t help but think this fact further elevates his achievement’s badassery.

2014 Hardrock 100 - Adam Campbell - KT

Adam Campbell wasn’t always in third, but he was at mile 11. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

The weather starting at sunset was miserable, and, for the leaders, this meant heavy rain and dangerous lightning over Engineer Pass and Handies Peak. So threatening was the weather that a number of men huddled together and under rocks to stay safe. Next time you see Jeff Browning (fourth place, textbook race start to finish, positive energy all the way), Jason Koop (DNF due to physical issues related to being out in cold, wet weather too long), Tsuyoshi Kaburaki (sixth place, a steady day despite being hit in the jaw by a falling rock in Bear Creek Canyon after Ouray–this race is crazy, no?), Scott Jaime (fifth place, his EIGHTH Hardrock finish), or Joe Grant (DNF due to a quadriceps injury), ask them about how they weathered the storm.

Jared Campbell, Mick Jurynec, Ty Draney, and Ted Mahon completed the men’s top 10.

Some expected favorites dropped including Dakota Jones (ankle injury) and Seb Chaigneau (rhabdo symptoms).

2014 Hardrock 100 Men’s Results

  1. Kilian Jornet (Salomon) – 22:41:33
  2. Julien Chorier (Hoka One One/Compressport) – 25:07:56
  3. Adam Campbell (Arc’teryx) – 25:56:46
  4. Jeff Browning (Patagonia) – 26:58:59
  5. Scott Jaime (Pearl Izumi) – 27:46:14
  6. Tsuyoshi Kaburaki (The North Face) – 28:07:38
  7. Jared Campbell (La Sportiva) – 28:23:42
  8. Mick Jurynec (Altra) – 28:28:54
  9. Ty Draney (Patagonia) – 28:46:04
  10. Ted Mahon – 29:23:34

Full results.

2014 Hardrock 100 - Julie Chorier - Kilian Jornet - KT

The top-seven men were within 2 minutes at mile 11. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2014 Hardrock 100 Women’s Race

Let’s face it, in the women’s race for the win, there were just two women who legitimately vied for it (by just 15 miles in, there was already a gap of 30 minutes between the two contenders and the rest of the women’s field), two-time champ Darcy Piceu and course-record holder Diana Finkel.

Very early on, Diana seemed to control her aggressive Hardrock racing style, running behind and with Darcy. But Hardrock nature seemed to take its course by the top of the second climb, Grant Swamp Pass at mile 14.8. Diana arrived there several minutes ahead of Darcy and her lead would grow by several minutes at every aid station until she dropped for the third year in a row, this time with just 13 miles to go at Maggie Gulch and for unspecified medical reasons.

Darcy, too, seemed to race a bit faster as compared to her usual style, staying only a couple minutes behind leader Diana until after the halfway point before dropping back a bit more rapidly after that. Darcy’s raced Hardrock four previous times, and she’s not finished under 29 hours. We couldn’t help but wonder if she had sub-29 hours on her mind in this race? Though Darcy raced what has become a textbook race for her, steady, smiling, and seemingly peaceful as she goes, sub-29 just wasn’t in the cards for her once again, and she finished in 29:49:58.

Betsy Kalmeyer finished second, completing her 15th Hardrock! The other Betsy, Betsy Nye, completed the women’s podium.

2014 Hardrock 100 - Darcy Africa

Darcy Piceu completed her fifth Hardrock and her third win. Photo: iRunFar/Jon Allen

2014 Hardrock 100 - Diana Finkel

Diana Finkel has hard knocks at Hardrock. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2014 Hardrock 100 Women’s Results

  1. Darcy Piceu (Hoka One One/Smartwool) – 29:49:58
  2. Betsy Kalmeyer – 37:57:22
  3. Betsy Nye – 42:22
  4. Tina Ure – 42:45
  5. Suzanne Lewis – 42:55
  6. Sarah McCloskey – 43:12
  7. Liz Bauer – 43:49
  8. Kim Gimenez – 44:43
  9. Patty Bryant – 46:34
  10. Susan Gardner – 46:46

Full results.

2014 Hardrock 100 - Darcy Piceu - Diana Finkel

The leading ladies– Darcy Africa and Diana Finkel–at mile 11. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2014 Hardrock 100 Articles, Race Reports, and More

Last updated: July 17, 2014 5:30 pm

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Thank You

As with all of our live race coverage, we managed Hardrock with a team of dedicated volunteers. Our Hardrock 100 field coverage was brought to you by the assistance of Kim Wrinkle, Travis Trampe, Shelby Berg, Jon Allen, Marc Laveson, Matthew Curtis, Justin Ricks and the rest of the Ricks family, Peter Rabover, Vince Heyd, Kristen Foster, Aaron Marks, Ryan Krol, and Liz Sasseman. From computers around the world, we also received huge assistance from Mauri Pagliacci, Andy Jones-Wilkins, Travis Liles, Ellie Greenwood, Gretchen Brugman, Eric Senseman, David Boudreau, and Andrew Swistak. Whew! THANK YOU ALL!

* Denver Post writer Dan Perry attended and ran for the same small public high school in New Jersey as iRunFar’s Bryon Powell.

Kilian Jornet after the 2014 Hardrock 100.

Kilian Jornet after the 2014 Hardrock 100. Photo: Matt Trappe

Meghan Hicks

is the Managing Editor of iRunFar and the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running.' The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

There are 17 comments

  1. deanger

    Had the pleasure of moderating from about 8pm til Kilian's win. I will never be able to describe how exciting it was when suddenly he obliterated the pole creek split. The most amazing final 30 miles of any race I've ever seen. And worth staying up for.

  2. TDawgNight

    Thanks IRUNFAR, as usual. Watched it like I would the Super Bowl. Does anyone know if we'll find out why Diana dropped this year or any other year, or is she just a private person that doesn't like to disclose injuries? It's too bad so late in the race. She was killing it.

    1. BBolder

      I don't know, but she has a history of Rhabdomyolysis. Approaching Maggie it was reported she had difficulty standing and forming sentences. Rhabdo is a very serious condition, and while we like to honor those who "tough it out", I personally think risking one's long-term health is a bad idea, and wonder if the 50mi/100km distances might be more appropriate for Diana, who is a brilliant ultra runner up to that point.

  3. @c4domenico

    Thank you for the great coverage what a race…Bravo and congratulations to Kilian Jornet it's so insane to think that he could of probably gone under 22 hrs… Amazing.

  4. bireweich

    Again a brilliant coverage by the irunfar team! Thanks a lot from Switzerland. And wouldn't it be great to get some post-race of runners that DNFed or whose race did not pan out as planned. (particularly of the guy and gals that were interviewed pre-race).

  5. @hmflewelling

    I'm not one to normally notice, let alone comment on, such things, but I'm left wondering why all of top 10 women finishers were not listed under the "Women's Results" section of this article. It's sad to me that 8 women were completely disregarded in the summary, despite finishing a grueling 100-mile race. Sure, they weren't setting records or winning it for the third time in a row, but they still finished – even if there were only two women "legitimately" racing for the win (whatever that means). If the article hadn't specifically outlined "Men's Results" versus "Women's Results," I probably wouldn't even have realized how unbalanced the coverage was. On the one hand, we acknowledge that every race is really two – a men's and a women's – and yet on the other, we neglect to offer more than a facade of respect to the women who have the gumption to go out there and, yes "legitimately," run one of the toughest races our sport has to offer.

    1. Bryon of iRunFar

      I'm sorry that you're upset with the state of this article when you read it. We last updated the results before we went to sleep on Saturday. We routinely update our articles after publication, as is the case with this one, which is now updated. We did neglect to include "to be updated" to our women's results section and regret that omission. In the future, a reminder note, public or private, would work just as well. We hope you enjoy our interview with Betsy Kalmeyer, which will be available tomorrow… Silverton internet permitting.

    2. Meghan Hicks


      As I authored this article, I would like to address your comment as well. I’m a woman. A race’s whole story is important to me personally and to iRunFar, male and female runners alike. You will never see intentional sexism on iRunFar as long as I am a part of it.

      With our live race coverage, we focus on the front of the men’s and women’s fields. We try desperately to cover both the men’s and the women’s fields to a depth that’s equitable to the depth of the competition. Our results articles, like this one, focus on the race at the front of the men’s and women’s fields. In the case of Hardrock this year, there was not competitive depth to the women’s field. As you can see in the results, there was a more-than-12-hour spread between the winner and third-place woman. The only women who were close to the lead after the first 20 miles or so of the race were Diana Finkel and Darcy Piceu. They were the two women vying for the win. This statement here as well as in the results post is not meant to denigrate other women’s runnings of Hardrock–we believe every runner’s run is important. Rather this statement was designed to clearly say that there were two women in competition for the win.

      As Bryon said, we generally leave a note in the women’s sections of our race results that the article will be updated as more women finish. This article did have those notes for a while but I must have somehow deleted them accidentally. For that I certainly apologize. Further, we did not get a chance to update the article fully until your comment, and that was not meant to slight any of the women who ran this race. Simply stated, we have been fighting a very challenging battle with internet access in remote Silverton. We have been working nonstop to bring coverage despite almost no bandwidth out here.

      We hope you understand that our delay in updating the article was a product of internet challenges, and I hope you understand that my description of the front of the women’s race is not equitable to what I would have written about all the women who ran Hardrock this weekend.

      Finally, we have tried very hard to bring the whole story of Hardrock to the world beyond Silverton. Articles, photos, and social-media posts have focused on all the athletes–not just the fastest ones–who ran Hardrock as well as the people who volunteer to put this event together. We hope you’ve enjoyed our full-spectrum Hardrock coverage.

      1. Steve Pero

        Meghan and Bryon….great article, awesome coverage.

        In regards to this particular discussion noted by the OP, there was also a battle going on in the back of the women's field. My wife Deb to date is (still) the oldest woman to finish Hardrock. She did this the past two years. Her hope this year was to be the first woman over 60 to finish Hardrock, but she didn't get in this year. Instead she paced Kathy Lang, who was duking it out with Ricki Redland. Two women over 60 going back and forth pushing until the cutoffs ended their day. Ricki was also going for her 10th finish. Deb was one of several pacers Kathy had and paced her from Telluride to Ouray…she then was shuttled to Grouse Gulch to help Allie Wood get in, but Allie's day ended at Cunningham, also missing the cutoff. Deb hopes she gets in next year and will attempt to be the first woman over 60 to finish Hardrock.
        I had the pleasure of pacing in Mark Heaphy to his 16th finish from Grouse Gulch to Silverton :-)

  6. Runhomepam

    Thanks so much for the amazing coverage, photos, interviews, and tremendous enthusiasm. We hiked parts of the course for 2 weeks last summer with our kids, and all of this is making me miss Silverton viscerally. Thanks for bringing a bit of the mountain spirit here to flat, flat Connecticut!! You guys are the best….

  7. tommjones

    Year after year the same runners run this race, with a couple exceptions in the men's race. Hardrock's nothing but a clubby self reinforcing event. My how earthy and progressive are the board of directors and RD. Kirk Apt all excited to come back? Whoopee. How about Diana Darcy Jaime Betsy and friends look to Roch for some inspiration and let other's have a chance. HR organizers, how about one and done for a couple years?

  8. joeoim

    iRun Crew,
    I found your live coverage this year and I have to say you gave exceptional service to the run. You had a good bunch of moderators. They did an excellent job of keeping info coming and answering questions. Very much appreciated.
    I have watched your reporting and interviews for several years now and I think you do an extraordinary job of covering the field. You can't interview all 140, but you provide us with lots of photos. Keep up the good work

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