Friday, June 17, 2011

Hardrock...coming right up!

Blake Woods picasa album
I am so lucky to be getting the opportunity to crew and pace James at Hardrock 100 this year!  We'll be in Colorado for 2 1/2 weeks.  What a treat.  We leave Whidbey Island on the 24th of June and will be driving to Silverton.  The race is July 8-9.  Getting to Colorado early gives us time to acclimatize to the elevation as the race averages an elevation of 11,000+ feet, reaching all the way to 14,000+ feet.  On the race website, the course is described as,

A big loop through the San Juan Mountains of beautiful southwest Colorado: 100-miles plus 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet with an average elevation of 11,186 feet - low point 7,680 feet (Ouray) and high point 14,048 feet (Handies Peak).

Sounds pretty freaking tough to me!  If you look at the winning times for the race, it is about 10 hours or more slower than a regular mountainous 100 miler, like Cascade Crest 100.  Wish us luck!
Aid Station, photo courtesy Blake Woods
From Blake Wood's Picasa album

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