In his first attempt at running the Hardrock 100, the race that inspired his ultrarunning career and features almost 34,000 feet of elevation gain, 20-year old Montrail athlete Dakota Jones finished 2nd on Saturday in a time of 27:10. With this accomplishment, Dakota becomes the youngest top-10 Hardrock 100 finisher in the event’s history. Dakota’s roommate, training partner and Team Montrail cohort Matt Hart finished 14th in a time of 34:59. A brief write-up of the race can be found at Irunfar.com and on Dakota’s blog.
In Oregon, Max King continues to have an incredible year of racing. Fresh off a win at the USA Mountain Running Championships, Max raced the Siskiyou Outback 50k near Ashland, Oregon and finished in first place, setting a new course record of 3:35:28. We did the math, that’s a sub-7 minute pace for 31.1 miles. Max’s finish lowered the previous course record by almost four full minutes. We can’t think of any other runner who trains as hard and finds as much success in races ranging from 10k to 50k. Incredible versatility, way to go!