Montrail Athletes to Tackle Hardrock 100, Badwater

The famed and daunting Hardrock 100 starts today, Friday July 8th in Silverton, Colorado.  The race features mega climbing amongst the San Juan Mountains, to the tune of 44,000 feet of elevation gain at an average altitude of 11,186 feet.  That’s no joke!

To make sure they’re trained, acclimated and ready to go, Montrail athletes Dakota Jones and Matt Hart have been living together in

Silverton, running up and down the mountains every day, often through deep snow and loose scree.  The fellas seem ready to go, watch their interview with Bryon Powell at

They’ll have their hands full in reaching the podium however, with competition from Karl Meltzer, Nick Price (only two weeks after WS100), Duncan Callahan and others.  Check in to for race day coverage.  Good luck to Dakota and Matt, we’ll be cheering for you!

Speaking of incredibly challenging races, the Badwater Ultramarathon starts Monday July 11th and Montrail will be represented at this one as well, when Luis Escobar hits the tarmac for the third time at this race.  In 2003 he was 7th overall and in 2006 he was 12th overall.  How has Luis been preparing for this one?

March 9th: “I am taking this opportunity very seriously. Finally healthy and running well.  Working out in a gym three days a week with a professional personal trainer. Slowly increasing my weekly milage and making the transition from trail to road. My race crew is forming, it will be a group of experienced ultra runners including sports nutrition expert Sunny Blende Luis will be racing in his Rogue Racers and looking for a top ten finish.  Good luck!

Vancouver resident Ryne Melcher is in Ireland getting ready to race the IAU World Trail Challenge, a 50 mile race.  He’s got the speed and endurance to do well here.  Good luck Ryne!

Also racing an ultra this weekend is speedster Max King, fresh off a victory at the USA Mountain Running Championships in New Hampshire.  Max will race the Siskiyou Outback 50k in Oregon, a race he won in 2008.  He’ll try to dethrone past winner Erik Skaggs, and potentially lower Skaggs’ course record.  Check back next week for results.

Have a great weekend, and be sure to find some time for a run!

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