> How much time and money did the average hardrocker
> spend on their:
Race entry was $160 (I bet it will go up). Airfare
from FL is about $400. Car rental is $150/wk. Food
is $5/day for groceries + $10/day for eating out when
I get tired of sandwiches. Lodging at South Mineral
in a tent is free but I did pay $15/night at the
Leadville Hostel when I trained there for a while.
I teach at a university so I get summers off, and I
spent 17 days at altitude before Hardrock. I think 2
weeks is the minimum for a good race (i.e. finishing).
Some people can get away without acclimating, but
most can't. I think 2 weeks sleeping at 10,000 ft.
and climbing to 14,000 every day can take at least 6
hours off your time, which for a lot of people makes
the difference between finishing and not finishing.
I also ran the Sawyer Mt. 27 mile trail race in NM on
July 1 and the Leadville marathon on July 7. I also
climbed 7 14ers. This was a lot of money to spend,
but I think it was worth it, not just for Hardrock but
for the whole trip. I will be spending about as much
again for Nolan's 14 on a trip Aug. 3-20.
-- Matt Mahoney, matmahoney@...
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