2017 Hardrock 100 Men’s Podium Finish Line Videos

Here are videos of the top-three men–Kilian JornetMike Foote, and Joe Grant–finishing the 2017 Hardrock 100 along with brief finish-line interviews.

You can also watch the top-three women finish.

Winner Kilian Jornet’s 2017 Hardrock 100 Finish Video

Winner Kilian Jornet’s 2017 Hardrock 100 Finish Video Transcript

Dale Garland: Quite a champion—Kilian Jornet!

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Kilian, are you okay?

Kilian Jornet: Yes.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Are you in a lot of pain right now?

Jornet: Not a lot, but I feel it.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: You’re four times a champion.

Jornet: Yeah, four times finishing. That’s not bad.

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen you tired… maybe Zegama.

Jornet: Ahh, yeah.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: How do you feel right now?

Jornet: Happy because I didn’t think I could make it to the finish today, so it was… happy to be…

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Where did you take your fall?

Jornet: What was the name of the pass before Maggie’s?

Man 1: Stony Pass.

Jornet: Yeah, after that… before Maggie’s.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Did you have to relocate your own shoulder, or did it pop back in? What happened?

Jornet: Yeah, I put it in.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: By jamming yourself on the ground?

Jornet: With the other hand. It’s not the first time. I need to operate, so sooner or later I need to do that.

Man 2: Kilian, what exactly happened? Did you slip on a rock?

Jornet: I was gliding in the snow, and then the snow was soft, so my two feet entered, and I just tumbled.

Man 2: You tumbled a couple times?

Jornet: Yeah, I think so.

Man 3: After you hurt your shoulder, did you consider whether you’d be able to finish or not?

Jornet: Yeah, I didn’t think I could finish because at the beginning it was painful, then it was a bit better, but then when the storm started it became very painful. It’s not easy. Yeah, I wasn’t sure at all.

Man 4: Did you take any medication?

Jornet: No.

Man 3: Congratulations on an extraordinarily tough run.

Jornet: Yeah, it was nice, but it was a good competition with Joe [Grant] and Mike [Foote].

Man 3: When did you leave Mike?

Jornet: At KT.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Did you just accelerate on that climb?

Jornet: Yeah.

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: Did you feel strong on the climbs and relax on the descents so you didn’t fall?

Jornet: I was feeling really good today; the legs and the heart were feeling super good. So, yeah, it was more because I didn’t want to take a fall. The legs were okay. The climbs, you still don’t have very good balance (with shoulder).

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: But you had to be cautious so you didn’t fall?

Jornet: Yeah.

Man 3: Obviously, you climbed Mount Everest/Chomolungma twice in one week. Did you notice the difference being very acclimated?

Jornet: I don’t think so because that was two months ago. The acclimatization maybe keeps one month. After that, I was in the Alps. So I have been keeping it up. Yeah, I didn’t feel the altitude.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: I think you had some weather approaching Handies?

Jornet: Yeah, Handies was something else! There was a lot of hail. The hail was hurting the legs. The thunders were not far. Luckily, when we were on Handies it was not lightning there, but just before it was.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: It looked okay to go up and over?

Jornet: Yeah, it was just a bit painful for the legs from the hail.

Man 2: How mentally taxing was the weather? Did it challenge you mentally as well?

Jornet: Yeah, sure. The weather, the worse it is, the more challenging because you are always thinking, Okay, should we stop or go under a rock or continue? It’s not like you are enjoying the landscapes then.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Congratulations, Kilian.

Jornet: Thank you.

Second Place Mike Foote’s 2017 Hardrock 100 Finish Video

Second Place Mike Foote’s 2017 Hardrock 100 Finish Video Transcript

Dale Garland: Everybody, welcome back to Silverton, Mike Foote!

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: If you finish you get a shirt, dude!

Mike Foote: Oh, sweet!

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Mike, how are you doing?

Foote: Great.

Kilian Jornet: Great job, man!

Foote: Hey!

Jornet: Not bad, eh? Good race!

Foote: Fun times out there, eh?

Jornet: Yeah! Nice.

Foote: That guy.

Man 1: Was it the ice cream?

Foote: It was the ice cream for sure.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Three times the second-place male at the Hardrock 100.

Foote: Third place and two seconds.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Second-place male.

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: You got Finkeled.

Foote: Oh, that’s true. Wow! Yeah!

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Your lovely lady pointed that out.

Foote: That’s a good point. That’s a very good point. I’ll take it especially when Kilian is in front of me.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: How was your day? Night?

Foote: It was… stormy on Handies and kind of rowdy up there. Yeah, I’m a little overwhelmed right now. It was good. I felt stable most of the day. I had a little low patch outside Telluride, but Luke [Nelson], my pacer, gave me five gels to eat in 40 minutes. It was really hard to eat, but it really helped. Kilian graced me with his presence for the majority of the run it felt like… and then he left me… which I was expecting.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: You, Joe [Grant], and Kilian were in quite a battle basically the whole second half of the race?

Foote: That was really cool. I haven’t been so close to people so late in that race. Yeah, I think Joe really pushed me to go harder the last 25 miles because he kept catching me on the downs, and then I would gap him on the ups.

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: You ready to rest?

Foote: I think so.

Man 2: You mentioned a low point in Telluride and on Handies. Were there any other points that were really challenging? You’ve done this race a few times.

Foote: I can never get over Grant-Swamp Pass.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Gets taller every time?

Foote: Oh, it hurts every time. Then actually coming off that final long descent into town, the river can’t come soon enough.

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: Bear Creek number three?

Foote: Yeah.

Man 2: Where would you rank this of all the Hardrocks you’ve done in terms of difficulty when you consider the weather and the difficulty of the competition and the fact you did have competition late in the race. How would you compare this to some of the other races you’ve done?

Foote: It was… the weather was actually bad for a very short period of time. Going up from Sherman to Handies was essentially when the storm was happening. Then I had a t-shirt on way up high the rest of the night. It was really great weather through the night which was even better. I’d rather have it down low or earlier in the day. Luckily the lightning dissipated as we were going up to Handies. There was a bunch of crazy people up there just hanging out taking photos. Philipp Reiter? Where’s he at?

Man 3: Mike, in the aid stations, could you tell if Kilian was hurting at all? What was his mood like?

Foote: The same as always—positive, not complaining about the fact he dislocated his shoulder. He would just kind of hang out with me even though he could go a lot faster. He’s pretty impressive. It was fun to spend time with him though.

Woman: Did you get lost this year?

Foote: I did not get lost for the first time ever at Hardrock. That really helps.

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: No lost hour in Wasatch Basin?

Foote: No lost hour in Wasatch Basin. We went straight through.

iRunFar—Meghan HIcks: Congrats, Mike.

Foote: Thank you.

Third Place Joe Grant’s 2017 Hardrock 100 Finish Video

Third Place Joe Grant’s 2017 Hardrock 100 Finish Video Transcript

Dale Garland: Everybody welcome back to Silverton, Joe Grant! Tres bien, monsieur. Good job, brother.

Joe Grant: Thank you. I’m tired… the last aid station, I think they thought I was crazy.

Mike Foote: Way to go, man. That was fun, yeah.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: How are you, Joe?

Grant: Good, good. From Oscar’s on it was just a little…

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Brutal?

Grant: Yeah. It was going alright until then, and then the last uphill to the top of Oscar’s was a bit hard, and then I couldn’t really downhill anymore.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Were you just energetically tanked or…?

Grant: Yeah, I was kind of just pretty fried at the end. Putnam was a gentle ascent.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Delicate?

Grant: Yeah. Whoof.

Man 1: Joe, you looked so good yesterday. How were you feeling all day yesterday even after all the weather on Handies?

Grant: The weather on Handies was pretty rowdy. I wasn’t feeling great on top of Handies. I was super cold and it hailed a lot… lightning. But then I got to Grouse and everything warmed up. I took a bunch of light rain gear because I didn’t want to get back in that. I had to run quite a lot up Handies just to keep warm, so I didn’t want to have to do that again and waste a lot of energy. After that, it felt pretty good. I guess coming down the long descent into Ouray was nice because it was really cool this year which is rare. I usually don’t like Ouray too much because it’s so hot. This year was nice. Yeah, I just got to Oscar’s and then… I’d catch them on the downhills. I wasn’t climbing as strong, but I felt really good downhill until coming off of Oscar’s. Then I sort of just had one gear and trying to make it to the finish.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: What happened at the Putnam aid station?

Grant: I don’t know. I was super out of it. Everyone was laughing, and I wasn’t sure what was going on. I just ate Rice Krispie treat things, and then I must have been pretty out of it. Then I thought of Bryon with your yardage for the pacer…

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: Need some space?

Grant: You need some space.

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: You had plenty of space—no pacer.

Grant: Yeah…

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: Was it a slow descent?

Grant: It was a slow descent.

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: I was thinking of you when you were going over Grant-Swamp.

Grant: Grant-Swamp was slow. Putnam was probably the worst—really slow up Putnam because there’s that second…

iRunFar—Bryon Powell: The second kick in the pants?

Grant: Yeah, that one’s rough.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: How was the mood between you and Mike [Foote] and Kilian [Jornet] kind of working together for so long.

Grant: That was really good. Going up Camp Bird Road was nice. Chatting with Kilian kind of takes the mind off the 11-mile ascent to Virginius. That was cool—just really cool guys. It’s nice to share the trail. Kilian with his broken wing there—really impressive. It was really nice. I think everyone was just kind of doing their own thing, but then we’d chat for awhile and run together for awhile. They’d climb a little stronger, and then I’d catch them on the downhill. It was fun.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Did you duck pretty deeply in the tunnel?

Grant: Yeah, in this direction it’s easier because it’s low coming in. Yeah…

Man 1: How would you judge the difficulty of this Hardrock compared to the other ones you’ve done?

Grant: It was pretty hard. The weather made it… especially the first half, it was a lot of uncertainty with the weather. It started off great—overcast and really nice. Then when it started to pop on Handies there, I was just like, “Eesh.” Then going up Engineer, all above Virginius was completely black, so I figured that might be sketchy during the night. But yeah, then it was a really beautiful night. The moon was really nice.

Man 1: Did you feel good coming into this as well? Did you feel like your preparation was there?

Grant: Yeah, I felt really ready for it. Yeah, for sure.

iRunFar—Meghan Hicks: Congrats, Joe.

Grant: Thank you.

There are 5 comments

    1. Gildwen

      Yes! Kilian being reluctant to all that fame that comes witty success and already “harassed” by question when he just wants to relax… you can see he doesn’t answer the first question but just sighs.

    2. Tomasz

      100% right. Those people do not get a single second for themselves. After finishing such an ultra every runner should get 5 minutes to be alone in private with one’s emotions.

  1. Rob

    This is a super tough race but look what they do in Europe; nobody gets 5 minutes to themselves, esp. not Killian or Caroline or Nathalie.

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