Killian Jornet defines endurance. He won the Hardrock 100 while running 87 wiles with a dislocated shoulder.
Ultrarunner Kilian Jornet won the Hardrock 100 in Silverton, CO for the fourth time this past weekend. This is an impressive feat alone, but the native of Spain did so with a dislocated shoulder, running almost 87 miles of the race while injured.
In an iRunFar post-race interview the athlete said he was looking more at the surrounding scenery instead of the terrain beneath his feet. He dislocated his left shoulder during the fall, an injury he has dealt with before. Medics wrapped Jornet’s arm in a sling at mile 42 due to the pain.
Jornet’s finishing time was 24 hours, 32 minutes and 32 seconds.
“I didn’t think I could finish because at the beginning it was painful, then it was a bit better, but then when the storm started it became very painful,” said Jornet in his post-race interview. “It’s not easy. Yeah, I wasn’t sure at all.”
The Hardrock 100 is one of the most challenging ultramarathon courses. Runners face an elevation change of 66,100 feet over 100.5 miles. The race is run on a looped course beginning and ending in Silverton. Entry is only guaranteed to the previous year’s male and female winner. The rest of the 1,000 participants are drawn from a lottery. The 2018 race will take place next July.
Photos courtesy Kilian Jornet