Goodbye, Western States. Hello, Hardrock.

Goodbye, Western States.

Stephanie Howe & Rob Krar photo credit: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Stephanie Howe & Rob Krar
photo credit: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Wow. Look at those long legs. That great body. That smooth, tan skin. The cute outfit and stylish hat. The long, flowing hair.

And Stephanie isn’t bad looking either.

I think I’ve inundated you with enough posts on Western States. If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the following:

Preview and Predictions

Preview and Predictions (The Ladies)

A Final Word on Western States

The Start of Western States

Results & Commentary

As far as I’m concerned, the next big race to watch is Hardrock 100.

Hello, Hardrock

Hardrock starts July 11, 2014. It is a monster. In fact, I think it is the most difficult major ultra in the United States. Last year, the winning time was 24:25:50 – in other words, it took the winner (Sebastien Chaigneau) more than a day! The average finishing time is 41:10:15.

Ice Lakes Near the 15/85-Mile Mark photo credit: Joe Grant

Ice Lakes Near the 15/85-Mile Mark
photo credit: Joe Grant

Normally, I wouldn’t follow this race that closely. It only has 140 entrants. While it has attracted many superstars over the years, they generally haven’t participated in the race at the same time… until now.

This year’s race includes:

Sebastien Chaigneau (last year’s winner)
Kilian Jornet
Julien Chorier
Dakota Jones
Tsuyoshi Kaburaki
Timothy Olson
And many others…

Seb has won here before. Kilian is probably the greatest mountain/ultra runner ever. And when Timothy Olson puts his mind to something…

This should be a fun race to follow!

As a spectator, what race are you looking forward to?

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9 Responses to Goodbye, Western States. Hello, Hardrock.

  1. atwinthing33 says:

    as a spectator I always like the Olympics…the marathon is so incredible…I cant believe how close everyone is at the end!!!!!!

  2. HC says:

    That course looks gorgeous. I don’t follow any major races, mostly because I didn’t know they were follow-able. Do they televise ultras? I do love reading first person narratives on races after the fact in both blogs and running books. Dean Karnazes accounts his first Western States in Ultramarathon Man and makes it sound so doable (minus the temporary blindness).

    • Jason says:

      They don’t televise them in the US (although some are televised in other countries). However, there are webcasts – usually just of a few checkpoints and/or the finish line. I still enjoy watching even if it’s just a little bit!

  3. piratebobcat says:

    Yeah, he must work out.

  4. I could not peel myself away from the iRunFar coverage this past weekend! One of my friends actually got into Hardrock and asked me to pace her this year! unfortunately I can’t get the time off work and am supposed to be giving the 50 mile distance another crack that weekend. Hope I don’t kick my own ass one day for passing up the opportunity to pace such a beautiful race!

    • Jason says:

      That’s pretty cool that she got in! Which 50 are you doing? That’s great! How are you feeling about it?

      • I am running Silver Rush 50 in Leadville! I was registered for it two years ago and got injured during training. I’m feeling pretty good! I know it’s going to be tough, but I just need to be tougher. 🙂

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