At Hardrock 100, Kilian Jornet and Jason Schlarb finish as co-champions
The Denver Post
SILVERTON — As first light peaked over the mountains towering above this town Saturday, stars still glimmering on a clear, cold night, two-time Hardrock 100 champion Kilian Jornet and Durango’s Jason Schlarb trotted through a phalanx of a few hundred cheering people and simultaneously kissed the enormous boulder to signal the end of their nearly 23-hour run.
The two had battled and supported each other for some 60 miles of the 100.5-mile course and decided at the final aid station about 10 miles outside town that they would finish the race hand in hand and win together. They finished at 4:58 a.m. in a time of 22 hours, 58 minutes, 28 seconds.
“He enabled me to have the best race of my life,” Schlarb said of Jornet.
It marked the first time that the race had crowned co-champions since 1997, when Britons Mark C. McDermott and Mark Hartell finished together.
“When you run long distances, it’s to share it with nature and the environment, volunteers and the other runners,” said Jornet, a native of Catalonia in Spain. “It makes no sense to finish on a sprint after 23 hours, sharing a race.”
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