We’re always a sucker for the last finisher stories. The last Ironman finisher before the traditional midnight cutoff is always celebrated, and the same has been seen at ultra races around the country, including just a few weeks ago at the Western States 100.
It is nearly impossible to come any closer to the cutoff than Bogie Dumitrescu of Boulder, Colo., did at this weekend’s Hardrock 100. The 41-year-old finished the brutal 100.5-mile Hardrock 100 course in 47 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. He’s an official finisher with one second to spare.
“I couldn’t get up the hills without hyperventilating,” Dumitrescu told the Denver Post, “but I could run downhill.”
The 5:59 a.m. Sunday finish—almost two days after the 6 a.m. Friday start—culminated with the Hardrock 100 tradition of touching the rock at the finish line at Silverton High School (before he collapsed to the ground).
This video, shot by Matt Trappe, shows the scene perfectly: