The 2015 Hardrock 100 was one for the history books. Kilian Jornet ran a counterclockwise course record, Anna Frost and Darcy Piceu had an amazing battle for the women’s win, there were a record number of finishers (123) with record high finishing rate (78.9%), and three runners finished over the official 48-hour cutoff.
In addition, 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 Hardrock 100 live coverage page.
As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Hardrock-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports. [Last Update: July 19 10:30 pm. MDT]
For even more info on how this race went down, check out:
- iRunFar interviews with Adam Campbell, Mike Foote, Anna Frost, Kilian Jornet, and Darcy Piceu (along with iRunFar’s Bryon Powell);
- Finish-line interviews with Anna Frost and Kilian Jornet;
- Finishing videos of Kilian Jornet, Anna Frost, Mike Foote, Darcy Piceu, and Adam Campbell; and
- Facebook photo galleries from The start to Cunnngham Gulch, Maggie Gulch, Pole Creek, Handies Peak, Grouse Gulch, and Engineer as well as a highlights gallery.
Thanks so much to Salomon for their generous support of our coverage of this year’s Hardrock 100.
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2015 Hardrock 100 Men’s Race
For the second consecutive year, the men’s race at Hardrock was the Kilian Jornet (pre-race, finish-line, and post-race interviews) show. After running with Adam Campbell for the first 30 miles, Kilian pulled gradually away from Campbell on the climb up to Handies Peak. By the time Jornet reached Ouray he had a 20-minute lead which he extended to just over an hour by Telluride. After a bit of trouble routefinding on the climb over Oscar’s Pass, Kilian maintained his composure and went on to run a counterclockwise course-record time of 23:28:10.
Mike Foote (pre-race interview) ran his own race for a very solid second-place finish and Adam Campbell recovered from a bit of a mid-race lull to finish third. Fourth and fifth place went to two strong, experienced Hardrockers, Chris Price and Troy Howard, with youngster Brandon Stapanowich finishing sixth.
The surprise finish of the day was seventh-place finisher Ben Lewis who ran calm and controlled all day and Iker Karrera (pre-race interview) toughed out an eighth place finish on a bad hip. After requiring the Hiemlich maneuver early in the race due to too much watermelon, Brendan Trimboli recovered to close hard for ninth place and Hardrock legend Jared Campbell rounded out the men’s top 10 with his 10th Hardrock finish at the wise old age of 35.
2015 Hardrock 100 Men’s Results
- Kilian Jornet (Salomon) — 23:28:10 (pre-race, finish-line, and post-race interviews)
- Mike Foote (The North Face) — 25:45 (pre-race interview)
- Adam Campbell (Salomon) — 26:49
- Chris Price (Hoka One One) — 26:52
- Troy Howard — 27:03
- Brandon Stapanowich — 27:27
- Ben Lewis — 27:55
- Iker Karrera (Salomon) — 28:54 (pre-race interview)
- Brendan Trimboli (Altra) — 29:25
- Jared Campbell (La Sportiva) — 29:56
2015 Hardrock 100 Women’s Race
As expected, this year’s Hardrock was a two-woman race for the win between Darcy Piceu (pre-race interview), the three-time defending champ, and Anna Frost (pre-race, finish-line, and post-race interviews), one of the world’s strongest trail runners. Frost started strong and looked determined in the early aid stations. She arrived to Cunningham Gulch (mile 9) in fifth overall, hanging close to the race leaders and built a 20-minute lead on Piceu by Ouray (mile 56). From the outside, Frost looked in control. To this point, Piceu seemed to be running strong and enjoying her day. On the 11-mile climb from Ouray up to Governor’s Basin and, then, Virgnius Pass, Piceu moved faster than Frost, and, by the time the paired arrived in Telluride (mile 72), she’d cut the gap to a mere four minutes.
Once night hit, Piceu seemed more comfortable. She took the lead from Frost, and opened a gap of up 20 minutes. Frost had a rough patch during the night. Coming into Chapman, she took time to refuel, lay down for a while, and prepare for a final push. Then, she came back from the ashes, charging forward through the night. Around mile 89, Frost regained the lead from Piceu. On the course, Frost shared, “I’ll go for the lead, if I don’t, I’ll bonk and walk for second.” In the end, Frost was the first women to kiss the Hardrock in 28:22:50 in her Hardrock debut with Piceu taking second in 28:57:09. What a great battle between these two amazing trail runners!
There was then a gap back to the rest of the women’s field, but that doesn’t take away from the performances of Darla Askew who ran in third all day to finish in 32:06 and, similarly, Missy Gosney cruising her way to fourth in 33:22. The same goes for fifth place Kari Fraser (38:23), sixth place Betsy Kalmeyer (38:36), and seventh place for iRunFar’s Meghan Hicks (39:02). Leah Fein (39:21), Pam Reed (39:25), and Betsy Nye (40:16) rounded out the top 10.
2015 Hardrock 100 Women’s Results
- Anna Frost (Salomon) — 28:22:50 (pre-race, finish-line, and post-race interviews)
- Darcy Piceu (Hoka One One) — 28:57 (pre-race interview)
- Darla Askew — 32:05
- Missy Gosney — 33:22
- Kari Fraser — 38:23
- Betsy Kalmeyer — 38:36
- Meghan Hicks — 39:02
- Leah Fein — 39:21
- Pam Reed — 39:25
- Betsy Nye — 40:16
2015 Hardrock 100 Articles, Race Reports, and More
Articles, Photo Galleries, and Videos
- Grand Trail’s Facebook photo gallery by Alexis Berg [Added 7/13 9:30 am MDT]
- Salomon’s Facebook photo gallery by Rickey Gates
- Video of the final finisher, Bogie Dumitrescu, by Matt Trappe
- Kilian Jornet, Anna Frost Win Hardrock 100 in Silverton — Denver Post
- Adventure Pro’s video [Added 7/18 3:30 pm MDT]
- Chris Price (4th man) [Added 7/24 4:00 pm MDT]
- Brandon Stapanowich (6th man) [Added 7/19 10:30 pm MDT]
More than ever before, iRunFar relied on an amazing team of volunteers to make our coverage of the Hardrock 100 happen. On the ground, the coverage was made possible by Andy Jones-Wilkins, Maui Pagliacci, Shelby Berg, Travis Trampe, Kim Wrinkle, Mike Place, Eric Senseman, Marissa Harris, Hayley Pollack, Dave James, Sarah Lavender-Smith, Vince Heyd, Kristin Zosel, Gina Lucrezi, and Ashley Saloga. From computers afar, CoverItLive conversations were made possible by Aliza Lapierre, Dean Georgaris, Gretchen Brugman, and some of the on-site volunteers. Finalmente, thanks to our friends in South America–Juan Pablo Montiel, Rodrigo Lizama, Daniel Torres y Max Keith–who translated all of our tweets into Spanish for iRunFarES!
THANK YOU ALL!
[Editor’s Note: This time around, the two full-timers at iRunFar, Bryon Powell and Meghan Hicks, would like to share additional personal gratitude as each and everyone of these volunteers allowed the pair of us to run the Hardrock 100 this year… something that we couldn’t have imagined would happen on the work-side of things even after we both got into the race. So countless thanks to all of you!]
Call for Comments
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