Superfan Bill Dooper missed at Hardrock 100 start line

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Superfan Bill Dooper missed at Hardrock 100 start line

Hardrock family runs in honor of longtime fan
Bill Dooper, right, greets runner Joe Grant in the Silverton Gymnasium before the start of the 2014 Hardrock 100. Dooper, who died in April at age 83, was a fixture at ultrarunning events across Colorado for 25 years as one of the sport’s biggest fans.
Whether a runner finished first or came in right before the 48-hour cutoff, Bill Dooper was there waiting outside teh Silverton Gymnasium to greet them with a handhsake and a smile.
Bill Dooper, center, was beloved by ultrarunners from around the world, including Spain’s Iker Karrera, left, and Kilian Jornet, right. Dooper’s last Hardrock 100 would be in 2017, when Jornet won for the fourth consecutive year.
Rubber bracelets printed with “Sooper Dooper 1934-2018” were available to the Hardrock 100 community before the 2018 race in remembrance of longtime running fan Bill Dooper, who died in April at age 83.
Bill Dooper was known for his smile and thumbs up, as he brought a positive energy to every race he attended.
Bill Dooper and Bryon Powell became good friends over the years, as Dooper would call the iRunFar editor after races around the country and world to stay up to date on the athletes he befriended. Dooper was there to greet Powell after his Hardrock 100 finish in 2015.
Whether a runner finished first or came in right before the 48-hour cutoff, Bill Dooper was there waiting outside teh Silverton Gymnasium to greet them with a handhsake and a smile.
Bill Dooper, center, was beloved by ultrarunners from around the world, including Spain’s Iker Karrera, left, and Kilian Jornet, right. Dooper’s last Hardrock 100 would be in 2017, when Jornet won for the fourth consecutive year.
Bryon Powell, right, shared a smile and some laughs inside Silverton Gymnasium with fellow Hardrock 100 runner Jeff Rome before the start of the 2018 race. Powell wore the famed Green Bay Packers hat of his late friend Bill Dooper, the ultrarunning superfan who died in April at age 83.
Rubber bracelets printed with “Sooper Dooper 1934-2018” were available to the Hardrock 100 community before the 2018 race in remembrance of longtime running fan Bill Dooper, who died in April at age 83.

Superfan Bill Dooper missed at Hardrock 100 start line

Bill Dooper, right, greets runner Joe Grant in the Silverton Gymnasium before the start of the 2014 Hardrock 100. Dooper, who died in April at age 83, was a fixture at ultrarunning events across Colorado for 25 years as one of the sport’s biggest fans.
Whether a runner finished first or came in right before the 48-hour cutoff, Bill Dooper was there waiting outside teh Silverton Gymnasium to greet them with a handhsake and a smile.
Bill Dooper, center, was beloved by ultrarunners from around the world, including Spain’s Iker Karrera, left, and Kilian Jornet, right. Dooper’s last Hardrock 100 would be in 2017, when Jornet won for the fourth consecutive year.
Rubber bracelets printed with “Sooper Dooper 1934-2018” were available to the Hardrock 100 community before the 2018 race in remembrance of longtime running fan Bill Dooper, who died in April at age 83.
Bill Dooper was known for his smile and thumbs up, as he brought a positive energy to every race he attended.
Bill Dooper and Bryon Powell became good friends over the years, as Dooper would call the iRunFar editor after races around the country and world to stay up to date on the athletes he befriended. Dooper was there to greet Powell after his Hardrock 100 finish in 2015.
Whether a runner finished first or came in right before the 48-hour cutoff, Bill Dooper was there waiting outside teh Silverton Gymnasium to greet them with a handhsake and a smile.
Bill Dooper, center, was beloved by ultrarunners from around the world, including Spain’s Iker Karrera, left, and Kilian Jornet, right. Dooper’s last Hardrock 100 would be in 2017, when Jornet won for the fourth consecutive year.
Bryon Powell, right, shared a smile and some laughs inside Silverton Gymnasium with fellow Hardrock 100 runner Jeff Rome before the start of the 2018 race. Powell wore the famed Green Bay Packers hat of his late friend Bill Dooper, the ultrarunning superfan who died in April at age 83.
Rubber bracelets printed with “Sooper Dooper 1934-2018” were available to the Hardrock 100 community before the 2018 race in remembrance of longtime running fan Bill Dooper, who died in April at age 83.

Superfan Bill Dooper missed at Hardrock 100 start line

Bill Dooper was known for his smile and thumbs up, as he brought a positive energy to every race he attended.

Superfan Bill Dooper missed at Hardrock 100 start line

Bill Dooper and Bryon Powell became good friends over the years, as Dooper would call the iRunFar editor after races around the country and world to stay up to date on the athletes he befriended. Dooper was there to greet Powell after his Hardrock 100 finish in 2015.

Superfan Bill Dooper missed at Hardrock 100 start line

Bryon Powell, right, shared a smile and some laughs inside Silverton Gymnasium with fellow Hardrock 100 runner Jeff Rome before the start of the 2018 race. Powell wore the famed Green Bay Packers hat of his late friend Bill Dooper, the ultrarunning superfan who died in April at age 83.
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