We have decided to go. I will go out Friday, July 1st and do trail work over the weekend. Marye Jo will fly out Sunday and meet me in Telluride. I have volunteered to be an aid station captain so I will get another lottery ticket. I think that means I will spend the week getting everything ready for my aid station, then working the entire race at the aid station. I am really excited about going out to Silverton and being a part of the race even if I am not running. I intend to find some time to run a few of the Hardrock trails during the week. The trail work may not necessarily be on the actual Hardrock course. I should have 5 lottery tickets for next year. At least I will have a better chance of getting in.
You may be able to tell I am obsessed with Hardrock. I even created a webpage on davidtosch.com borrowing pictures from all along the course. Look at the picture behind the blog postings. Yep, that is Hardrock too. This picture is "Dives-Little Giant Pass." If you have a minute, take a look at my Hardrock webpage. The course is the most spectacular one in America and probably the world. Although I have never done the race I have hiked or run the trails from Ouray to almost the top of the of Oscar Pass. I have not done the section through Governor Basin. Almost the entire race is above timberline.
Below are pictures from the 2010 race. They were taken by Blake Wood and posted on the Hardrock Website. I hope they don't mind that I borrowed them. In 2010, the race was run in the clockwise direction, Silverton to Ophir to Telluride to Ouray, to Lake City and back to Silverton. Actually, the run only goes near Ophir and Lake City.