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... then there’s the pace runners

There’s more to the Hardrock 100 than just 140 ultrarunners
Precisely at 6 a.m. Friday, this year’s 19th running of the Hardrock 100 – a field of 140 runners – stepped away from the starting line at the Silverton School, turned left on Snowden Avenue and proceeded out of town on a mountain trail odyssey unlike any other. Who will be first to kiss this year’s Hardrock?
Led by familiar favorite and ultrarunnning legend Karl Meltzer of Sandy, Utah, a five-time Hardrock 100 champion, this year’s Hardrockers will tackle more than 100 miles over the next 24-48 hours, taking them from Silverton to Telluride to Ouray to Lake City and back to Silverton.
First-time Hardrock 100 runner Noe Castanon gets his picture taken in front of the endurance run’s signature rock. “I’m excited,” he said before leaving the Silverton starting line early Friday morning. “I know it will be very challenging for me ... for everybody.”
Meltzer, Finkel currently 1-2 in the Hardrock 100

Hal Koerner, who led at the halfway point, has retaken the lead in the Hardrock 100.
21-year-old Dakota Jones has moved back into second after eight checkpoints, Joseph Grant is in third, and 44-year old Karl Meltzer, who led after seven, dropping back to fourth.
Right behind him in fifth: 40-year-old Diana Finkel from South Fork.
Meltzer is the only five-time Hardrock 100 champion, and Finkel, the four-time defending champion in the women’s field, is trying to match him at five.
Almost 20 hours into the race, there are four remaining checkpoints until the Silverton finish, and the live leaderboard can be followed at www.hardrock100.com.
heraldsports@durangoherald.com

... then there’s the pace runners

Precisely at 6 a.m. Friday, this year’s 19th running of the Hardrock 100 – a field of 140 runners – stepped away from the starting line at the Silverton School, turned left on Snowden Avenue and proceeded out of town on a mountain trail odyssey unlike any other. Who will be first to kiss this year’s Hardrock?
Led by familiar favorite and ultrarunnning legend Karl Meltzer of Sandy, Utah, a five-time Hardrock 100 champion, this year’s Hardrockers will tackle more than 100 miles over the next 24-48 hours, taking them from Silverton to Telluride to Ouray to Lake City and back to Silverton.
First-time Hardrock 100 runner Noe Castanon gets his picture taken in front of the endurance run’s signature rock. “I’m excited,” he said before leaving the Silverton starting line early Friday morning. “I know it will be very challenging for me ... for everybody.”
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