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‘Just trying to get to the end’

Dakota Jones finds success, satisfaction in ultrarunning
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.
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.
Ultrarunning gives you “a greater understanding of the natural world,” says Jones, who ran track and cross country at Durango High School.
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 gain, crossing 13 mountain passes between 12,000 and 13,000 feet. The high point will be Handies Peak at 14,048 feet.
The event gets its name from the tradition at the finish: Instead of crossing a finish line, runners are required to “kiss the Hardrock,” a picture of a ram’s head painted on a large block of stone mining debris.
The race is part of the “Rocky Mountain Slam,” which a runner completes by finishing the Hardrock and three of four other races in the Rockies: the Leadville Trail 100, the Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Bighorn 100 and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run. The award is presented at and hosted by the Bear 100, the final run in the series.
For more information, visit www.hardrock100.com.

‘Just trying to get to the end’

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.
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.
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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