(Logan, UT—July 25, 2018) Altra Elite athletes Jeff Browning and Sabrina Stanley took first at this year’s Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run. Both gained entrance from the waitlist only weeks out from the race’s start.
Jeff Browning grabbed his first ever Hardrock 100 win with a time of 26:20:22. Browning’s win comes just 26 days after placing fifth at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. He also currently holds The Double record for the combined times of running Western States and Hardrock 100 in the same year—two legendary 100-milers that are just a few weeks apart. He set the record in 2016 with a combined time of 42:12:43 for the two races.
“Hardrock is a challenging race because the course is remote and the competition is spread out, but given the opportunity, it can turn into a head-to-head race at any second,” Browning said.
Browning ran the first 44 miles in a sample pair of Altra’s new Timp 1.5, a high cushion trail shoe that will be released in November 2018. He changed into the Altra Lone Peak 4, the same pair he ran in for this year’s Western States, to finish the race.
One of Altra’s newest Elites, Sabrina Stanley, shocked everyone and won first female with a time of 30:23:28. This was her first Hardrock 100 and she led the women’s race the entire time—a highly unusual feat. At just 28 years old, Stanley was also the youngest runner on the course. In an interview, she admitted she plans to return to Hardrock next year with a goal of going sub-30 hours and hopefully grab another first place finish.
“This race was very, very surreal,” Stanley said. “I feel like I’m just starting my journey as an elite ultrarunner, and because of this, I’m overlooked a lot. So to have this win validate myself, it’s just really fulfilling.”
Stanley won in Altra’s max cushion trail shoe, the Olympus 2.0.
Also on the course was Altra Elite Jesse Haynes, who finished fifth in 28:34:15. Like Browning, he also ran Hardrock 100 just weeks after finishing Western States to complete The Double. Of his first Hardrock 100 experience he said, “I came out here just to have fun and found myself racing.”
Haynes wore Altra’s best-selling trail shoe, the Lone Peak 3.5.
The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run is an ultramarathon across Colorado’s San Juan Range. The run is held on a loop course on roads, dirt trails and cross country with 33,050 feet of elevation gain at an average elevation of roughly 11,000 feet above sea level. As one of the hardest 100-milers in the US, the course is designed to provide extreme challenges in altitude, steepness, and remoteness.
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Photo Caption: Altra Elite Sabrina Stanley on her way to victory at the Hardrock 100.