He’s no ‘pacer’

He’s no ‘pacer’

Oregon’s Hal Koerner wins a 100 of his own

He’s no ‘pacer’

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Hal Koerner, in his familiar blue headband, celebrated his victory in the 2012 Hardrock 100 on Saturday by kissing the finish-line rock, a tradition through 19 editions of the endurance run. “This has to be one of the happiest moments of my racing career,” he said.
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Darcy Africa of Boulder kissed the rock as the women’s Hardrock winner after two consecutive runner-up finishes. “It has not set in yet,” the 37-year-old mother from Boulder said after her first Hardrock victory in three tries.
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“This has never been easy,” said Scott Jaime of Highlands Ranch, who finished sixth in the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run on Saturday in Silverton. He completed the 102.5-mile trail course in 28 hours, 37 minutes.
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Durango’s Dakota Jones, while disappointed in his third-place finish, raved about the crowds and the support for the runners along the Hardrock route. “There were people (cheering) everywhere, people in surprising places,” he said. “At the top of a lot of the passes, there were people. There were people at the top of Handies, in the dark.”
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“I just couldn’t move that quick. My quads were shot. ... I did a lot of walking, more walking that I wanted to; it was tough,” said 21-year-old Dakota Jones, who was aided by his mother, Beth Jones, at the Silverton finish line Saturday.
Hardrock 100

A look at this year’s Hardrock 100, the 19th running of Silverton’s signature event (numbers provided by race director Dale Garland):
Distance: 102.5 miles.
Total Climb and Descent: 32,992 feet of climb and 32,992 feet of descent.
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