Locals finish Hardrock… 100 rugged miles later | AspenTimes.com

Locals finish Hardrock… 100 rugged miles later

Aspen Times writer

Three valley residents completed the grueling Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run in the San Juan mountains over the weekend, with Carbondale resident Garett Graubins leading the local charge in sixth place.Seventy-one of 125 starters finished the ultramarathon – widely regarded as one of the toughest ultra-races in the country – inside the 48-hour cutoff time. The Hardrock started in Silverton at 6 a.m. Friday. Climbing 33,000 feet along the way, runners passed through Lake City, Ouray, Telluride and Ophir, and then back to Silverton to the finish.Graubins, 32, was clocked in 31 hours, 51 minutes and 24 seconds. Utah’s Karl Meltzer won the men’s race, for his third Hardrock overall win, in 28:29:15. Vermont’s Sue Johnston captured her second female title in 32:07.Devin Gardiner, also of Carbondale, finished the 100 circuit in 44:11:23. The 28-year-old Gardiner was 38th overall. And Aspen’s Aron Ralston, 29, cracked the top-50 – he was 49th – with a time of 45:55.49.”Weather was warm, rivers high, and snow extensive, but none of these were as bad as had been feared,” a synopsis of the race, posted on the Hardrock’s website, said on Sunday.