Leadville Marathon & Heavy Half . . . By The Numbers
Some say that when it comes to racing, it’s all about the numbers. And for Leadville, that’s true. So here’s a numbers report from the Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half held last Saturday, June 17.
At the end of the day, 1,152 racers could call themselves “Finishers” in the Leadville Marathon or Heavy Half – Congratulations, that’s almost 80 more than last year! There were more racers in the Heavy Half (614) than the Marathon (538), taking on 13,185 feet Mosquito Pass with reports of “more than seven feet of snow” still on the trail at some points, forcing LRS crews to make a last minute course change.
But for those who toughed it out, through the course changes, through the snow fields and wet trail conditions, the victory was that much sweeter.
And so it was for Leadville’s Timmy Parr who took the top podium spot for the second year in a row with a 3:39:41 finish time. Rounding out the winner’s podium was Jim Rebenack at 3:45 and Matt Daniels at 3:47:33. On the women’s podium, it was Jackie Harlow of Boulder with an impressive 4:43:27. Gina Lucrezi (4:50:36) of Boulder, and Allison Macsas (4:50:51) of Austin, TX who rounded out the top three female finishers for the Leadville Trail Marathon.
On the “lighter” side of the race, also known as the Heavy Half Marathon, Matt Kempton broke through the finish line ribbon first with a time of 2:02:54. And just like the 2016 race, Jordan Jones was one second behind for a second place finish of 2:02:55. FULL Race Results HERE.
Aside from the race numbers, the Marathon was the first event in the Leadville Race Series that saw Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) founders Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin “back in the saddle,” as Chlouber announced at the race start. Leadville Today readers may learn more about this shift in race management in their LT100 letter to racers which was distributed in May.
All the best for a great 2017 race season! Next up will be the Silver Rush 50-milers on July 8 & 9. Stay Tuned!