Friday, July 17, 2009

Hardrock 100 is another test for Jones-Wilkins

Finishes Colorado race in 28 hours

One hundred miles here, 100 miles there.

Two weeks after his Men's 40-49 bronze medal finish in the Western States Endurance Run 100-miler in California on June 27, Community School Headmaster Andy Jones-Wilkins was back in the saddle for another 100-mile run—this one in Colorado.

Jones-Wilkins, 41, finished fifth overall in The Hardrock 100-miler at Silverton, Colo. July 12 with a final time of 28 hours, 9 minutes and 29 seconds. It was the 16th running of a test that rises from 7,700 feet elevation to 14,000-plus, through several climate zones.

The Hardrock 100 is considered the most challenging of all 100-mile U.S. endurance runs since it features 34,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain—including seven passes over 13,000 feet and one over 14,000 feet. It was Jones-Wilkins' first attempt of The Hardrock 100.

Winners were Karl Meltzer, 42, of Utah in 24.38:02 and Diana Finkel, 38, of Colorado in 27.18:24. There were 140 starters and 105 finishers. Jones-Wilkins was the fourth male.

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