Latest News – October 7

High Country Harvesting in the Shadow of Mt. Massive

It's harvest time in the high country! Leadville farmers and ranchers are hard at work getting their fall chores done before the snow comes in. Fortunately, this week's forecast of sunshine should help! Photo: Leadville Today

It’s harvest time in the high country! Leadville farmers and ranchers are hard at work getting their fall chores done before the snow comes in. The forecast calls for fair skies today, with a chance of showers (snow?) on Weds. CLICK for 7 day forecast.

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“Race Across The Sky” 100-Run Lottery-Based for 2015

Last Wednesday, Oct. 1, the Leadville Race Series, owned by Life Time Fitness, announced that the Leadville Trail 100 Run will be lottery-based for 2015.

Ian Sharman who won the 2013 Leadville Trail 100 Run will be guaranteed an entry as a past champion in the new lottery based system for the race.

Ian Sharman who won the 2013 Leadville Trail 100 Run will be guaranteed an entry as a past champion in the new lottery based system for the race.

The new lottery structure mimics the model that Life Time transitioned into place for the 100-mile bike race, after purchasing the series in 2010. Under the new system, entrance to the Legendary Race Across the Sky, will be determined by lottery, with registration  held from December 1, to December 31, 2014 and require a $15 lottery fee.

Should a runner not be successful in the lottery, then the racer has a few options to gain entry, much like the LT100 Mountain Bike Race. The first guaranteed entry is if you live in Leadville, you’re a full-time resident.

“Leadville locals will still be given an automatic entry into the LT100 Run,” explained Abby Long, Athlete Services & Registration Manager with the Leadville Race Series. “But they will still have to register through the lottery, just like the bike race.”

There are now three qualifying run races, if a racer performs well at one of these, they can gain a spot in the LT100 Run. Of the three qualifiers, two of them are Leadville races: the Leadville Trail Marathon and the Silver Rush 50 Run; the third is the Austin Rattler 75k. As a result, these already established, on-the-calendar races will most likely see an increase in registration/participation as a result.

The Leadville Trail Marathon will now be a qualifying race for the LT100 Run. Photo: Leadville Today

The Leadville Trail Marathon will now be a qualifying race for the Leadville Trail 100 “Race Across The Sky” Run. Photo: Leadville Today

Another option for non-lottery-successful racers to gain entrance into the 100-mile race is through the LT100 Run Training Camp. Fifty of those slots for the camp, which takes place in Leadville in late June, will ensure participants a guaranteed place. However, those will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Another guaranteed entry is to sign up for the grueling Leadman/Leadwoman competition, which could pretty much bring you to your knees before you even reach the start line for the LT100 Run. Athletes brave enough to take on the challenge will first have to complete – within the allotted time, the Leadville Trail Marathon, either the Silver Rush 50 bike or run, the 100-mile bike race, the Leadville 10k, and then finally the LT100 Run.

The final choice would be to make a financial contribution, making you eligible for one of the Charity Slots. Those interested can find the complete announcements, including specific details at the LRS website.

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