LEADVILLE, Colo. (Aug. 15, 2017) — On Aug. 19-20, competitors from around the world will come to the mountain town of Leadville, Colo., to push themselves at the iconic Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance. Nearly 750 participants will race all day and into the night on the 100-mile course covering grueling Colorado Rockies terrain where elevations range from 9,200 to 12,600 feet.
“After 35 years of watching thousands of athletes cross the finish line, I am continually amazed and inspired by the guts, grit and determination I see in all competitors seeking to earn a place in Leadville Trail 100 history,” said Ken Chlouber, Founder of the Leadville Race Series. “It can inspire all of us to lead a healthy, active lifestyle and work to make our dreams become a reality.”
Top contenders for the pro race include Leadville Trail 100 three-time champion Ian Sharman (United Kingdom) and two-time Leadville Trail 100 champion Duncan Callahan (United States). For the women, Camille Heron (United States), winner of the 2017 South Africa’s Comrades Marathon will toe the line in her first Leadville Trail 100 alongside 2016 second place finisher Maggie Walsh (United States).
This year at the Leadville Trail 100 Run, competitors from all 50 states and 35 countries are represented. Over the course of the race, runners will climb more than 18,000 feet—which is like running up the Empire State Building 14.5 times (1,250 feet to the top). The first finishers are expected to complete the race in 16 to 17 hours and all participants have 30 hours to finish to earn the coveted Leadville 100 belt buckle. Most competitors will see the sun rise twice while they are running the race.
The entire pool of participants will start the race at 4 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19. Other notable times on the race schedule include:
- 8 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19: Top male anticipated to finish
- 11:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20: Top female anticipated to finish
- 5 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 20: 25-hour cut-off time. These finishers are awarded the large silver and gold buckles.
- 9:50 a.m., Sunday Aug. 20: The final 10 minutes of the Leadville Trail 100 Run are inspirational moments as spectators watch competitors who have been running for nearly 30 hours attempt to finish before the cut-off time.
- 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 20: 30-hour cutoff time for all runners. These runners are awarded silver finisher buckles.
- Noon: Awards Ceremony held at the Lake County Middle School Gymnasium, 1000 West 6th St.
For more information and complete results visit www.LeadvilleRaceSeries.com. For race day updates visit the Leadville Race Series Facebook page. To learn more about Life Time Athletic Events visit EventsByLifeTime.com.
About Leadville Race Series
Started with only 45 runners as the Leadville Trail 100® in 1983, the Leadville Race Series now consists of six running events, the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race, and six mountain biking events in the Leadville Qualifying Series. The Race Series stretches across three months, and hosts thousands of racers on foot and on mountain bike in some of the world’s most iconic events. Endurance athletes worldwide now make the pilgrimage to Leadville, Colo., with the single goal of competing in “The Race Across the Sky.” Visit www.leadvilleraceseries.com for more information.
About Life TimeSM, The Healthy Way of Life Company
Life Time is a privately held, comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment Lifestyle Company that offers a personalized and scientific approach to long-term health and wellness. Through its portfolio of distinctive resort-like destinations, athletic events and corporate health services, the Healthy Way of Life Company helps members achieve their goals everyday with the support of a team of dedicated professionals and an array of proprietary health assessments. As of August 15, 2017, the company operates 127 centers in 27 states and 35 major markets under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information is available at www.lifetimefitness.com.
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