KISSING THE ROCK
The hardrock miners of Colorado experienced adversity on another level through the hardships they faced in the San Juan Mountains. When the mines closed and the jobs dried up the town of Silverton was in search of a new identity.
The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run epitomizes the community aspect of mountain running perhaps due to the grueling nature of the course and the adversity the runners face. The mentality of everyone vs. the mountain exists especially at Hardrock. Friends and runners gather each July in Silverton and a town is reborn.
Produced and Directed by Matt Trappe - www.trappephoto.com
Run time 22 minutes
The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run runs a 100 mile loop through the San Juan Mountains starting/finishing in Silverton, CO but passing through Ouray, CO Telluride, CO and the ghost town of Sherman, CO. It alternates directions each year and has 34,000 feet of climbing at an average elevation of 11,000 feet over old mining trails and dirt roads. It crosses 13 major passes over 12,000 feet including its highest point on top of 14,048 foot Handies Peak. It has been held each year since 1992 with the exception of 1995 when it was canceled due to snow and 2002 due to a nearby forest fire. Instead of crossing a finish line, runners are required to “Kiss the Rock” to finish the race. Winners typically finish around 23 hours and the final finisher cut-off is 48 hours. The average time to finish the race is 41 hours.
A Production by Matt Trappe Photo & Film - www.trappephoto.com
In Association with Louder Than 11 - www.louderthan11.com
Produced and Directed by Matt Trappe
Post Produced by Louder Than 11
Featuring: Billy Simpson - Hans-Dieter Weisshaar - Anna Frost - Rick Trujillo - Scott Fetchenhier - Dale Garland - Blake Wood - Kilian Jornet - Max Simpson
Director of Photography: Matt Trappe
Cinematography: Matt Trappe - Josh Uhl - Ben Clark - Derrick Lytle - Shawn Murry
Photography: Myke Hermsmeyer - Blake Wood
Timelapse Photography: Derrick Lytle - Matt Trappe
Archival Images: San Juan County Historical Society
Edited by: Matt Trappe
Additional Editor: Jess Carfield
Supporting Editors: Josh Uhl - Jon Glassberg
Motion Design: Jordan Shipman
Graphic Design: Lindsey Beal
Original Score: Fizzix Productions www.fizzixproductions.com
Special Thanks: Dale Garland - Oliver Fischer - Casey Carroll - Hardrock Board of Directors - Molly Trappe - Criss Furman - Buzz Burrell - Joe Gaither - Jennifer Collins - Ricardo Balazs - Brian Metzler