“The Race Across The Sky:” Seconds and Sentiments
Both the men and women’s champions in this weekend’s 100-mile “Race Across The Sky” Run saw their second top finishes in the 33rd annual produced by the Leadville Race Series. Nearly 650 runners from 47 states and 26 countries also laced up to the start line this year.
But in the end, it was Ian Sharman of Bend, Ore., who won the race at 16:33:54. Colorado’s own Kyle Pietari of Denver took second at 18:16:04 with Juan Carlos Sagastume of Guatemala finishing third at 18:29:27.
In the women’s division, Liza Howard of San Antonio, Texas took the top honors with a time of 19:34:09. Colorado’s Kara Henry of Boulder finished second at 19:54:08 and Danielle Hilson of Littleton, rounded out the podium with a finish time of 22:28:00.
Of course, the heartstring stories come out of the average racer just trying to make it back home before the 30-hour cut-off time. And this year it was Bill Stahl of Wheat Ridge, Colo., who demonstrated an amazing display of determination. As the clock ticked down and with less than ONE minute to complete the grueling ultra “Race Across The Sky,” Stahl finished at 29:57:54 and hit the red carpet with the support of Littleton High School’s Cross Country Team, which he coaches.
“It’s truly inspiring and amazing to watch participants at the Leadville 100 Run cross the finish line each year and see the spirit of racing in Leadville is forever with them,” said Josh Colley, Leadville race director. “Congratulations to our overall winners Ian and Liza and let’s celebrate all the runners who gave it their all on the race course this weekend. All of our participants are champions in our eyes and inspire us to push beyond what we think is possible in our own healthy way of life journeys.”
The Leadville Trail 100 run also marked the fifth and final challenge for those who competed for the title of Leadman and Leadwoman. Each Leadman and Leadwoman candidate must also compete in the Leadville Trail Marathon, Leadville Silver Rush 50-Mile Mountain Bike or Silver Rush 50-Mile Trail Run, Leadville Trail 100 MTB and the Climax Molybdenum Leadville 10K Run. This year nearly 100 people competed for the title. Winners will be announced in September.
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