The Voices of Hardrock – Part 1: Adventure

Hardrock 100I became intrigued by Hardrock after listening to the passion from finishers, pacers, and camp Hardrock attendees and watched the number of entrants vying for limited spots steadily increase each year. I was also interested in how this race seems to maintain its roots even with so much pressure to change and be like other ultras. I realized Hardrock is a different beast than other 100 milers. I spoke with a small cross section of finishers and champions to understand what makes this event special, to learn about the event’s culture, and to hear incredible stories. I hope you enjoy the voices as much as I did and have a new appreciation and understanding of the event they call the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run.

The Voices of Hardrock

  • Betsy Kalmeyer – 12-time Hardrock finisher, 5-time winner, and Hardrock board member. Hoping to get her 13th finish in 2012.
  • Dakota Jones – Finished second in 2011. Native of nearby Durango, Colorado. Currently living in Silverton training. The favorite for the 2012 event.
  • Diana Finkel – 4-time Hardrock finisher, 4 time winner. Almost won the event out right in 2010. One of favorites for 2012 if she can stay on course.
  • Jamil Coury – Finisher in 2009. Currently living and training in Silverton with hopes of moving off the wait list into the 2012 run.
  • Jared Campbell – 6-time Hardrock finisher, 2010 winner. Prefers ridges and climbing to running. Looking for his 7th finish in 2012.
  • Karl Meltzer – 6-time Hardrock finisher, 5 time winner. Loves training and hanging out before the event as much as the run. If young bucks blow up, has a chance to win again in 2012.
  • Lori Bantekas – Finisher in 2009. Multi-time camp Hardrock attendee and lover of Silverton. Pacing in 2012.
  • Mark Heaphy – 13-time Hardrock finisher. Mark’s wife, Margaret, stopped in a bar in Telluride to order and eat a burger and then won the 1994 Hardrock Run. In the run for 2012.
  • Roch Horton – 10-time Hardrock finisher. Aid station captain at Kroger’s Canteen at Virginius Pass. Will look through your soul if you make it up Virginius in 2012.
  • The Music – The UltrAspire band with vocals by Roch Horton.

The Six Parts

  1. The Adventure
  2. Is it a Race?
  3. Course Markings
  4. Virginius
  5. It’s a Girl!
  6. To Evolve

The Voices of Hardrock – Part 1: Adventure

Evan Honeyfield

, a former and hopefully future ultrarunner lives in the high desert of Idaho and recently had LASIK. He carries his gel in UltrAspire gear, his sole sponsor. He learned about compassion and empathy in 2012 and is hoping to see the world clearer in 2013.

There are 28 comments

  1. Jim

    River crossings, mountain ascents/descents, weather, nutrition, many things to deal with in an ultra, but falling baby deer?! How does one train for that?!

  2. marco denson

    I don't think this is a good idea. I was thinking of throwing my name in the hat for next year; some of this stories are a little disturbing. getting hit by lightning or sliding down the side of hill not knowing when it stops or how it stops. Yikes! Part of me says don't be a p—y and go for it. what the hell, I'll just go for it. well, maybe….

  3. Johnnyroyale

    That is excellent. I love the way the runners talk about slipping, falling, confronting nature at its meanest, immersing themselves, bleeding and running 100 miles as if it is a normal day. Found myself shaking my head slowly at most of the statements, but the best for me was when Betsy Kalmeyer glibly said: "you're three-quarters the way around, so you're pretty tired…" Yeah, no sh*t, that's 75 MILES around a course waaaay up in the sky…

    Just one question: What's with Dakota Jones's sports-casual look, sitting in front of those graphs – did you catch him at work??

  4. Evan Honeyfield

    Those were sheets of music – in front of Dakota's piano – the night before a 10hr day in the office – the San Juans!

  5. runstephane

    Great Voices, Evan!

    Thanks for the report, Hardrock is like a heartbeat: always there. Wish I could be back one day—on a clockwise year :)

    (Am I dreaming? Did not see full transcripts yesterday? Usefull bonus from my side!)

  6. Charlie

    Great video work Evan, it brings the race alive. Sure wish I was running it instead of nursing my knee! Have fun down there, hope to see you later this summer.


  7. James W

    The three videos I just watched were awesome. Great job with the anecdotes and the descriptions, it all meshes wonderfully!

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