Leadville Women Represent Well; Course Records Set
Fast. Record-breaking. Epic. Those might be some of the words to describe this weekend’s Silver Rush (SR) races put on by the Leadville Race Series. However, lung-busting and leg-burning, might be more appropriate to describe the race for over 1,100 competitors who were in town over the weekend. Often touted as “the 100 with the easy parts taken out,” the Silver Rush races continue to grow with 658 entrants in the SR Bike and 449 competitors in the SR Run.
This race report will kick things off chronologically with the SR Bike held Saturday, July 13 in Leadville. Winner Ben Aufderheide set a new course record with a time of 3:40:40.86, shaving off the former record by 3 minutes. The next racers across the finish line were only seconds apart with 2nd place going to Ben Bostrom with a time of 3:44:29.60 followed by John Gaston in 3rd at 3:44:40.65.
The ladies did well with notable Leadville cyclist Christy Lindh not only placing first but also recording the second fastest time ever by a female at 4:51:33:37. Rounding out the women’s field was Molly Throdahl 4:57:26.81 in second and Molly Johnson at 5:12:33.00.
Full Silver Rush Bike Results can be found HERE.
On Sunday, July 14, it was time for the runners to take on Dutch Henri Hill, starting out on the 50-mile journey. Again, it was another day of course records, with Andrew Catalano crossing the finish line first at 6:56:47. Not too far behind was Mike Patrizi with 2nd Place and a time of 7:08:08. Leadville local and Leadman Marco Peinado finished a strong third with a time of 7:25:00.
Again, it was a local woman first across the finish line with Leadville’s Leila Degrave setting a new female course record at 8:03:26. The second place Silver Rush Run 50 female winner was Helen Cospolich from Breckenridge with a time of 8:16:44. Rounding out the top three woman was Katrin Silva clocking out at 8:54:36.63.
Full Silver Rush Run Results can be found HERE.
There are some added components to the Silver Rush races. Most notably the crowning of the Silver King and Queen: The man and woman who placed tops in BOTH the Silver Rush Bike and Run. The Silver King winner was Andy Palmer from Highlands Ranch, CO. The reigning 2013 Silver Queen was Molly Johnson.
Another long-standing tradition is the “race to the top of Dutch Henri Hill” for the Silver Rush Bike Race. It was Chris Klug who won the coveted coin, along with a guaranteed spot in the LT100 MTB to be held August 10, 2013.