Kilian Jornet has finally gotten his name drawn into the Hardrock 100.
Who is Kilian Jornet?
What is Hardrock?
It is an ultra endurance run in the San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado. It is the ultimate mountain race. It will pass through the small mountain resort towns of Ouray and Telluride. For anyone who has visited these places and believe that they know them, they do not. They visited them as tourists. They took pictures. Maybe they even skied a little. To the runners of this race these mountains are the 8th wonder of the world and simultaneously a beast. They will run into it's mouth and down into it's belly. And they will be there for a long time. And none will be the same as they were when they entered.
The course record is 23:23 30 set by Kyle Skaggs in 2008. It is an incredible record. Nobody has come close. Kilian will win the race in 2014. But how fast?
There is over 65 000 feet of elevation change.
The high point is 14,000+ at Handies Peak.
There are 13 peaks above 12,000.
Temperatures will be in the teens at the least overnight at high altitude.
You will climb and descend scree, bolder fields and snow pack.
Navigate too many water crossings up to your frozen, sore nipples.
You will fall. And you will bleed some.
You will cry.
You will lose a couple of toe nails at the very least.
I could go on...
Time should be the least of concerns to the "average" participant.
Kilian Jornet is not average. Trust me. Everyone who knows anything about this sport is wondering, "How fast will Kilian run Hardrock?"
Here is Kilian while filming Tony Krupicka on a little training run up to the top of the Grand Tetons and then racing back down. You'll only get a couple of brief glimpses of this incredible camera man.
At least he breathes heavily a couple of times. This is the greatest and most humble athlete you have never heard of.