Colorado’s Legendary 100-Mile Hardrock Race Cancelled Due to Safety Concerns Caused by Historic Snowfall

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An ultra-runner in the mountains. Credit: Brian Erickson | Unsplash

The 100-mile Hardrock Endurance Run, which was scheduled to start early in the morning on July 17, has become a victim of “historic snowfall, avalanches, avalanche debris” and has been cancelled due to “an inability to reach certain aid stations and uncertain conditions on more than 40% of the course,” according to an official Facebook post.

This world famous ultrarun takes its participants (victims?) up 33,050 feet of elevation gain along the San Juan Mountain Range, starting and ending in Silverton and passing through Telluride, Ouray and the ghost town of Sherman.

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run committee’s decision to cancel the race came in the wake of an in-depth evaluation of the course and its safety, reports The Denver ChannelRun Director Dale Garland said that although snow levels were dropping to manageable levels, other issues like avalanche debris, unstable snow bridges and high water levels remained.

“After an extensive process, it became clear that the uncertainty associated with the condition of the course and the issues that the uncertainty caused among our organizational components meant we could not organize and administer a safe and meaningful 2019 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run that was consistent with the standards and values Hardrock has become known for,” he said.

Runners who entered the race can either roll their entry over to the 2020 competition or they can withdraw their entry for a full refund. For details, visit the Hardrock website here.

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