Courtney Dauwalter blasts Hardrock 100 course record

Courtney Dauwalter

At 8:14 am local time Saturday, after trailing the leader at the Hardrock 100 in Colorado’s San Juan mountains for the first 64 miles, Courtney Dauwalter of Leadville, Colo., overtook Anne-Lise Rousset Seguret of Thorens-Glières, France and held the lead for an historic win, crossing the finish line in fourth place overall in 26 hours, 14 minutes and eight seconds and shattering the counter-clockwise women’s course record. This comes just three weeks after Dauwalter took an hour off the course record at Western States Endurance Run, finishing sixth overall in 15:29:33.

Aurélien Dunand-Pallaz of Saint Jorioz, France took the overall win in 23 hours and seven seconds.

Seguret finished second, a little over an hour behind Dauwalter (27:29:55), after a heroic effort not to be caught by the world’s most dominant ultratrail racer. Her time is the fifth fastest ever. At the time of writing, Annie Hughes, also of Leadville, was on pace to finish third.

Benat Marmissole of Tardets Sorholus, France, finished second overall, in 23:50:06, with Javier Dominguez of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, rounding out the men’s podium in 26:12:01.

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According to iRunFar, Dauwalter’s course record is more than an hour faster than the counter-clockwise record set by Diana Finkel of South Fork, Colo., in 2009, and 30 minutes faster than Dauwalter’s own overall women’s course record set last year. She also holds the course record at Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB).

iRunFar also pointed out that the combined time for Dauwalter’s historic double (41:43:42) is almost 30 minutes faster than Jeff Browning’s from 2016.

At the time of writing, Becky Bates61, of Kimberley, BC, was well on her way to the Kamm Traverse aid station at mile 89, in 10th position among women.

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