‘Just trying to get to the end’

‘Just trying to get to the end’

Dakota Jones finds success, satisfaction in ultrarunning
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Durango’s Dakota Jones is making a name for himself on the professional ultrarunning circuit at the age of 21. “It’s much easier to stand out as a young guy in a sport usually dedicated to older guys. That really encouraged me to keep going,” says Jones, who finished second in last year’s Hardrock 100 Endurance Run and last month won the Transvulcania 50-mile trail race on La Palma Island in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.
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Dakota Jones still dreams of one day being a big-mountain alpinist, but he likes ultrarunning because all he needs is a T-shirt, shorts and water bottle.
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Ultrarunning gives you “a greater understanding of the natural world,” says Jones, who ran track and cross country at Durango High School.
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Hardrock 100

The 19th running of the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run will be held July 13-15. The course will start and finish in Silverton, looping through the Lake City, Ouray and Telluride areas along the way.
The course will include 33,992 feet of elevation...

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