Monday, June 15, 2015

2015 Hardrock 100 Women's Predictions

There appears to be much more competition among the woman for first place than with the men this year.  But, you never know what'll happen on race day.

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Darcy Piceu - She's won Hardrock the last three years in a row, and took 2nd two years in a row before that.  She's won Bighorn, Bear and San Juan Solstice as well.

Anna Frost - Won the Bear last year, won the Telluride Mountain Run 38 miler last year.  If she's healthy she's got what it takes to win.

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Meghan Hicks - Women's winner of the Coldwater Rumble 52M this year and, 3rd overall.  Not any 100 mile experience (but does have 200mi experience from Tor de Geants), did win the Three Days of Syllamo 93.5 miler and did place 5th at the Marathon de Sables this year and 9th back in 2010.  She seems to be smart and methodical, which will come in handy with all the San Juan's can throw at you over the course of 100 miles and many hours.

Darla Askew - 2nd at Wasatch last year, in 2013 she finished 2nd at HR, then 3rd at AC 100 3 weeks later.  While I want her to win, the ladies above will be tough to beat.  She's so consistent I'll eat my hat if she doesn't finish on the podium.

Missy Gosney - Wow, definitely an oversight on my part omitting her from this list initially.  With wins at Bighorn and Cascade Crest, woman's Nolan's 14 FKT, along with solid results at basically all the tough and/or big mountain races around (Zane Grey, Jemez, San Juan Solstice, Speedgoat and the Bear) this Durangan will be running for some hardware.

Suzanne on her way to 5th place at Speedgoat 50k in 2010
Suzanne Lewis - 4th at Jemez 50M this year, 5th at HR last year, 3rd at Bighorn 100.

Betsy and Billy on course.
Betsy Kalmeyer - 2nd at HR last year, 5th in 2013.

Betsy Nye - 3rd at Pine to Palm last year, and 3rd at HR last year.  AND she's from Truckee.

Pam finishing Arrowhead 135

Pam Reed - 2nd at Badwater last year, 6th at Zion 100.

En route to a W at Wasatch last year.
Bethany Lewis (#7 on "never" wait list) - Won Jemez this year, Wasatch and Squaw Peak 50 miler last year.  In previous years has won San Juan Solstice, Bear, the Telluride Mountain Run 38 miler and Speedgoat.  IF she gets in she'll be contending for first female.  Hope she does!


  1. Meghan Hicks finished Tor Des Géants last year. I'd say that more than covers her for 100 mile experience.

  2. Meghan Hicks also won Marathon des Sables in 2013!

    1. While that is a stage race, her ability to run like that over days and days speaks volumes. Thanks.

  3. Your one glaring mistake is to not have Missy Gosney on your list. She's won Bighorn and Cascade in recent years and holds the women's FKT on Nolans14, this is her kind of race.

    1. Not sure how I missed her, my bad. She's definitely a big mountain runner that will be in the mix. Added her to the list. Thanks.

  4. What Eric said... where's Gosney?

  5. Meghan's win at MDS and finish at Tor make her an interesting first timer and I can imagine a possible 2nd place but unless Anna has an off day she has to be the prohibitive favorite. Win and CR at Bear and trains here and paced Kilian here...