Re: [hr100] Hardrock Hundred Cancellation
I'm so sorry that this has happened after all the hard work you and the
other race committee members have put in on the run. Even though I had
to drop out this year, my thoughts would have been with all the runners
and volunteers. I hope that the San Juans will eventually recover from
the brutal effects of the fires and that the HRH will again be the most
beautiful run in the world.
dale garland wrote:
> After much consideration and evaluation we are writing this to inform
> you that because of the extreme drought and fire conditions in the San
> Juan Mountains, the Hardrock Hundred Board of Directors along with run
> management has decided to cancel this years Hardrock Hundred, scheduled
> for July 12-14 in Silverton, CO.
> The reasons for this decision are:
> 1. The area surrounding and including the Hardrock Hundred course is
> experiencing severe drought conditions and is currently in proximity to
> 2 man made fires which now have caused over 70,000 acres to be
> destroyed. It is felt by the HRH BOD and run management that placing the
> estimated 500 additional people associated with the HRH into this area
> would increase the chances of additional fires breaking out in an
> already delicate area and as such, would not be the responsible nor
> prudent thing to do at this time. We want these lands to be around for
> many Hardrocks to come and do not want to do anything which might
> compromise our use of them.
> 2. In addition, with limited personnel and equipment resources
> available to fight these fires, it was felt that the HRH should not run
> the risk of having to utilize these resources for our event when they
> are needed to protect both the land and structures in this area.
> 3. While the HRH prides itself on being one of the most scenic courses
> in the United States; the amount of smoke and ash present from these
> fires greatly distracts from the experience that has come to represent
> the Hardrock Hundred. There is also an absence of the lush fields of
> wildflowers along the course due to the lack of water. The smoke and ash
> also represents a significant health hazard to runners who may already
> be at risk from the extreme changes in altitude associated with running
> this run.
> We want all of you who were planning on being in Silverton in July that
> this decision was not made lightly. We apologize for the inconvenience
> that this will cause many of you. We are making this announcement in a
> time frame that we hope will allow you to make alternative vacation
> plans. This decision was made based on the best information we have both
> in terms of current conditions and long range weather forecasts.
> Currently there are no plans for the HRH to take an active role in fire
> mitigation efforts. However, if there are any Hardrockers out there who
> will be in the area and who may want to volunteer for the myriad of jobs
> associated with fighting these fires, please contact RD Dale Garland and
> he will put you in touch with the appropriate agencies.
> The HRH BOD and run management are evaluating how this will affect
> entries into the 2003 run and we will make an announcement shortly as to
> how we will handle this. What we do know is that 2002 entrants will have
> a chance to roll over their entries to the 2003 run.
> As some of these decisions are made we will post them to both of these
> lists as well as the HRH homepage (www.run100s.com/HR). If you have any
> questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact either of
> us. We look forward to seeing you in 2003.
> Dale Garland John Cappis
> RD, HRH President, HRH Bd. of Directors
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the first schock hit me in Governor Basin on Wednesday noon, when the
Turners reported the cancellation. Sadness, emptiness, not meeting the
friends, no run.
The second schock came an hour later: NO SNOW at Virginius!
And there is almost no snow at Oscar's and just a finger thick running
water in Porcupine! Dry.
I met Lisa yesterday and told her: Can you imagine, what would happen
with the future of the race if the the run produces a new fire and
kills trees, plants, animals, maybe humans.
Susi and I are still sad and recovering just very slowly, but the
decicion of the board is a must and inevitable.
See all of you next year at the latest.
Hans und Susi