Hardrock 100, mile 89: KT Aid Station

In the counter-clockwise direction, KT is the next-to-last aid station before the finish. At mile 89, the runners have just come up Grants Swamp three miles earlier, a harrowing climb, and then descended via the Ice Lake Trail followed by an animal trail to the aid station, which is on a rocky stretch of jeep road.

There are still 11 miles, a couple of stream crossings and some good climbs to go. We headed up to KT to so Andrea could pick up a runner to pace the last few miles. It was early evening, and these would be 40+ hour finishers. The runners we saw had been on the course a long time. They were haggard and tired, but they could also smell the barn. There was a very quiet, worn-out excitement.

These few shots were taken with my phone.

There are more Hardrock Galleries here:

Cunningham Gulch

Ouray, mile 56.6

Mineral Creek
Mineral Creek

Fire road heading to KT Aid Station
Fire road heading to KT Aid Station
Fire road heading to KT Aid Station
Fire road heading to KT Aid Station
Leaving KT
Leaving KT
KT Aid Station
KT Aid Station
Andrea about to pace the runner behind her
Andrea about to pace the runner behind her

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