Course Records Set at Marathon/Heavy Half
When people talk about a dozen, it’s usually eggs or donuts, but yesterday it was all about seconds. Twelve was certainly race winner Jay Thomson’s lucky number as he shaved that many seconds off the Lifetime Fitness Leadville Marathon course record yesterday with a finish time of 3:37:07.38. This was the 14th year for the Marathon and year number 8 for the Heavy Half.
In other course-record news, Heavy Half Marathon winner David Roche shaved a full 8 minutes off the previous course record, in addition to being the first racer to break 2 hours with a time of 1:58:03:34.Leadville Heavy Half Marathon Runners are in good stride as they head up the trail. Photo: Becky Thompson.
As for the women, it was Faith Stephan who earned the top female status in the Leadville Marathon with a time of 4:40:17:95.Leadville Heavy Half Marathon racer Gretchen Schwinn (#1065) keeps a good pace and brings home a finish time of 3:05:20:80. Photo: Becky Thompson.
In the Heavy Half, it was McKenna Douglas with a time of 2:36:25:75.
Approximately 1,000 competitors laced up for the out and back courses, which meanders through the historic mining district on Leadville’s east side.
Both races courses are primarily on old mining roads and trails, with the Leadville Marathon topping out at 13,185 ft. at Mosquito Pass.
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