On Your Mark, Get Set, the LT100 Run is a GO!
The Leadville Race Series (LRS), produced by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company, will host the iconic Leadville Trail 100 Run event, presented by New Balance , this weekend, August 16 – 17.
More than 700 competitors will lace-up, then line-up on the corner of 6th and Harrison Ave. to take on the 100-mile “Race Across the Sky” course. The trail covers grueling Rocky Mountain terrain, with elevations ranging from 9,200 to 12,600 feet, and a total climb of 17,000 feet.
“The Leadville 100 Run is steeped in tradition and history, and we are thrilled to begin our 32nd year of racing with so many amazing competitors here in Leadville,” said Josh Colley, LRS race director. “Most people imagine traveling 100 miles by car, train, or plane, however these participants embody the strength and determination needed to run and race 100 miles – a feat that can inspire us all to live a healthier and active life.”
Ultra fans can expect to see the pros and course record holders, including past LT100 champions Duncan Callahan, Tim Parr, and Ian Sharman. In addition to a strong field vying for the overall win, there are several participants who’ve overcome amazing obstacles, or are working towards a place in the record books, Here are some of their stories.
Trent Beachy: In 2008, Trent broke his neck and suffered a spinal cord injury which left most of the left side of his body paralyzed. Trent was lucky enough to regain leg function and this year, he will be the first high-functioning quadriplegic to finish a 100-mile race.
Jimmy Dean Freeman is working towards completing the “Original Grand Slam of Ultras” this summer: Six 100 milers in 12 weeks (Old Dominion, Western States, Vermont, Angeles Crest, Leadville, and Wasatch).
Jason Dorgan: Jason was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and wants to prove that the disease does not have to limit what one does.
Joel Runyon: Joel is running seven ultra marathons on seven continents in order to build seven schools with Pencils of Promise in 2014.
Dan Kaupas: Dan was in a car accident at the age of 12, resulting in a broken skull, pelvis and right femur. After seven days in a coma, he had to re-learn to walk, write, read, colors, shapes, etc. At the time, Dan was told his likelihood of running was non-existent so he set out to prove them wrong.
Brian Remington Thornton: Brian was nearly killed in a motorcycle wreck in 2002 where he hit a wall at 120 mph. After 21 months of rehab he learned to walk again. In 2006, he began running and to date has completed 40 half marathons eight full marathons and five ultra marathons.
The entire pool of competitors will start the Leadville 100 Run at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. For more information and complete results, connect HERE.