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 -

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 -

In Association with Louder Than 11 -

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

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