Leadville’s “Race Across The Sky” Run This Weekend
The Leadville Race Series “Race Across The Sky” 100-mile Run will take place today and Sunday, August 22-23. Nearly 725 competitors will race all day and into the night on the 100-mile course covering grueling terrain where elevations range from 9,200 to 12,600 feet and a total climb of more than 18,000 feet.
“We are thrilled to begin the 33rd year of our legendary Leadville Trail 100,” said Josh Colley, race director, Leadville Race Series. “To most people running 100 miles seems impossible, however, each year Leadville participants embody the strength, determination and will to defy the impossible and accomplish the ultimate achievement of running and racing 100 miles – which can inspire us all to live a healthier and active life.”
Top contenders for the pro race include past champion Ian Sharman (United Kingdom) and 2014 second place finisher Mike Aish (United States). Last year, the pair finished within minutes of each other for second and third place. This year they are both returning to attempt to win the race. For the women, Kara Henry (United States) recently demolished the women’s course record at the Leadville Silver Rush 50 race by 26 minutes and Liza Howard (United States), Liza has won several hundred-mile races and also held the USATF 100k and 50-mile national trail titles in 2011. Both are expected to be strong contenders in the women’s field.
Participating and completing a 100-mile race is no small feat. Over the course of the Leadville 100, competitors will burn roughly 10,000 calories, which is equivalent to two to three Thanksgiving dinners or between four and five pizzas. Also over the course of the race competitors also climb more than 18,000 feet which is like running up the Empire State Building 14.5 times. The top finishers are expected to complete the race in 16 to 17 hours and all participants have 30 hours to finish and earn the coveted Leadville 100 belt buckle.
The entire pool of competitors will start the Leadville 100 Run at 4 a.m. this morning, August 22 and additional race timelines are as follows:
- 8 – 9 pm, Saturday, Aug. 22: Male top finishers expected finish time range.
- 11:30 – 12:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 23: Female top finishers expected finish time range
- 5 am, Sunday, Aug. 23: 25-hour cutoff time. These runners are awarded the large silver and gold buckles.
- 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 23: 30-hour cutoff time for all runners. These runners awarded silver finisher buckles.
- Noon: Awards Ceremony at Lake County Middle School gymnasium, 1000 West 6th St.