Anna Frost wins Hardrock 100 in Colorado for second year running
Dunedin runner Anna Frost overcame aching legs and the heat to win the gruelling Hardrock 100 ultra-marathon in the United States for a second consecutive year on Sunday (NZ Time).
Frost completed the 160km course, which includes a 10km climb and is mostly run on 4WD roads and dirt trails in Colorado's San Juan Range, in 29hr 2min - 40min slower than her winning time a year ago.
The 34-year-old runner, who is based in the United States but spent much of last summer training in Dunedin, finished 34min ahead of second-placed Emma Roca, of Spain.
The Hardrock 100 starts and finishes in Silverton and travels through old mining towns Telluride and Ouray, before crossing through the ghost town of Sherman. All up, the course crosses 13 major passes and features spectacular scenery.
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Frost led the women's race from start to finish and finished eighth overall. The men's title was shared by Killan Jornet and Jason Schlarb, who finished in an impressive 22hr 58min.
The race has been held in July each year since 1992 but 1995 (heavy snow) and 2002 (forest fires). It was run in clockwise direction this year but will be run in the opposite direction next year.
Runners have a maximum of 48hrs to complete the course.