Video: The View From Hardrock’s Highest Aid Station

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Kroger’s Canteen may be the strangest aid station in all of trail running. Every year in southwestern Colorado’s San Juan mountains, Hardrock 100 runners drag themselves up to a tiny rock ledge at 13,100 feet, where they’re greeted with, among other things, a customary shot of tequila. The space is so small that aid-station captain (and 10-time Hardrock finisher) Roch Horton has to wait-list potential volunteers; wearing rock helmets, those who make the cut backpack supplies up the strenuous climb.

This video, by Salomon Running TV and The African Attachment, shows scenes from Kroger’s Canteen during the 2014 race, and speaks to Horton, reigning Hardrock champ Kilian Jornet and legendary mountain runner Rick Trujillo about what Hardrock means to them.

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