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Behind the Scenes of Kilian Jornet’s Hardrock 100 Win

Jornet won for the fourth year in a row, despite falling and dislocating his shoulder at mile 14, popping it back into place himself, and running the remaining 86 miles with his left arm in a makeshift sling.

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Kilian, at mile 56, leaving the Ouray aid station.

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Spectators lined the streets of Silverton, Colorado, at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 14, for the start of Hardrock. The 100-mile race, which takes runners up a total of 33,050 vertical feet, connects the towns of Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride. This year’s run saw a noticeable increase in spectators.

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Kilian Jornet tries to keep his feet dry by crossing the first stream, at mile nine, without his shoes, an inefficient strategy he would later abandon.

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French runner Caroline Chaverot raced the first half of Hardrock at a blazing speed, hanging with the top men under course record pace. Late on Friday night, she would take a wrong turn before Telluride, around mile 70, a mistake that took her an hour and a half to correct. Here, she climbs to the summit of 12,592-foot Stony Pass early in the race.

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Two-time defending champ Anna Frost descends from the summit of Stony Pass, at mile 12. She would finish in fourth place with a time just under 31 hours.
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Jornet fell around mile 14 on a section of the course called Buffalo Boy Ridge. While postholing through snow, he slipped and tumbled head over heels, dislocating his left shoulder in the process. He was able to pop it back into place himself and continue the race, using his running vest as a makeshift sling. Eventually he asked to have his left arm taped to his body at the Ouray aid station (mile 57).
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At mile 37, Mike Foote, the Missoula-based ultrarunner who finished second in 2015 and third in 2016, descends from Handies Peak (14,058), the highest point on the course.
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Iker Karrera, from Spain, was running at the front of the pack for the first half of the race before developing a debilitating stomach ache. Here, he grimaces in pain at the Ouray aid station, where he rested for an hour and a half. He eventually rallied and managed to finish in sixth place.
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Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mashed potatoes, and even pumpkin pie was offered to runners at the Ouray aid station (mile 57). The cutoff for Hardrock racers is 48 hours, and many aid station volunteers wait at their post for hours between runners.

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At mile 82.5, competitors descend past Island Lake, an iconic spot along the Hardrock course located just above 12,000 feet.
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On the summit of Grant Swamp Pass, just above Island Lake, runner Kyle Markisich places a rock on a memorial constructed in memory of Joel Zucker. Zucker died 36 hours after completing his third Hardrock, in 1998, of a brain aneurism. He remains a legend in the Hardrock community, and every year a memorial scholarship in his name awards Silverton High School seniors with money for their college education.
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The Chapman Gulch aid station, at mile 82, was quiet at 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, before the leaders came through.
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Race leader Jornet, eating and receiving assistance on his shoulder at Chapman Gulch.
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With just under 20 miles left, Foote refuels at Chapman Gulch. He would go on to finish second in 24:55:28, 22 minutes behind Jornet.
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Jornet drinks tea at Chapman after getting his left arm re-taped by his crew.
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Jornet won the 2017 Hardrock 100 in a time of 24:32:20. Here, at the finish, his arm was still supported by his running vest.
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Colorado-based Joe Grant takes a moment after kissing the rock, a tradition denoting a racer’s completion of the race. Grant finished third with a time of 25:37:59. He was forced to abandon his run last year after suffering a concussion halfway through the race.
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Caroline Chaverot smiles after kissing the Hardrock. Despite getting lost, Chaverot finished in first place with a time of 28:31:50.

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