Leadville News – January 13

LT100 Lottery Reveal . . . in Boulder!

The Leadville Race Series (LRS) in partnership with the Leadville Legacy Foundation will be hosting the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) “Lottery Reveal” tomorrow Sunday, Jan. 14 . . . . in Boulder!  While Leadville’s neon vacancy signs beckon the way to fresh snow and discounted lodging, and local Harrison Avenue eateries and watering holes could always use another economic shot in the arm, instead, cyclists and runners will be gathering on the Front Range to find out whether they gained entry into the iconic 100-mile races.

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If you’d like LT100 Race Founder Merilee Maupin to hang a finisher’s medal around your neck, the first step is getting INTO the race. Find out if you did at this Sunday’s “Reveal” events. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.

 Tomorrow’s “Reveal” day begins at Runner’s Roost in Boulder where LT100 race founders Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin will be there to cheer on racers in a fun-run, socialize with fellow runners and share their tips from the trail during a short panel discussion over lunch provided by Duke’s Smoked Meats! And it’s good to know that attendees will – at least – get a taste of Leadville as LRS new partner and local brewery Periodic Brewing will be poured at the event! 

The big announcement is slated to take place between 12:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. for the LT100 run. Tickets are necessary for this event: LINK.

But the fun’s not over there! The Leadville Race Series team, including race founders Ken and Merilee, will then take the nearly-marathon sprint across town to Wheat Ridge Cyclery, for the BIG “Reveal” for the LT100 MTB lottery!

 Come and socialize with fellow cyclists, meet the faces of the Leadville Race Series, enjoy apparel and service discounts, and most importantly, find out if you have been accepted into the 2018 race! The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with the big announcement scheduled for 6:30 p.m. for the LT100 MTB. Tickets are necessary for this event: LINK

Of course, after the big “Reveals” there are likely to be some disappointed racers who wonder if they’ll ever get to cross the LT100 off their bucket list! But fear not, because if you don’t make it into the race of your dreams via the lottery, there are other ways to gain access to the LT100 Mountain Bike Race and 100-mile Run.

If you’re down in Boulder for the big announcement and don’t make it in through the lottery, don’t be a crybaby,  just pull up you big boy bike shorts and consider the following options, which will be a guarantee that you’ll be at the start line.

The Leadville Legacy Foundation folks will be at the “Lottery Reveal” events to help sign you up through the Legacy’s LT100 Charity Slot Program. According to their website, these Charity entries provide guaranteed entry into the LT100, allow you to bypass the lottery, plus raises money for the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation, contributing to the ever-increasing needs of our Leadville, Lake County community.

But these charity slots don’t come cheap!

“In order to take part in the LT100 Charity Slot program you will first need to secure your entry. To do this you must make your initial donation to the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy, LT100 MTB $1,350 / LT100 RUN $1,200. legacy logoThis is payment to enroll in the program, bypass the lottery and gain guaranteed entry into the LT100. LT100 MTB racers also will automatically be placed in the BLUE corral, starting in front of 50% of the race field. Please understand slots are limited and will be designated by a first come, first serve basis. These slots do sell out!”

If that’s a bit steep for your budget, then consider gaining access to the 100-milers through one of the qualifying races. Race registration for the Leadville Race Series qualifiers will open on Monday, Jan. 15. This includes Silver Rush 50, Leadville Stage Race, Leadville 10k, Leadville Trail Marathon, & Heavy Half Marathon.  And new this year – early bird pricing runs from Jan. 15 -20, so set a Google alarm and be sure to register early!

Beyond those options, there are still yet more ways to gain access to the legendary LT100 races. Former LRS Race Director Josh Colley’s year-old company YouPhoria Productions produces several LT100 qualifiers – out of state – that can also provide a portal to the August start line in Leadville. Of course, that depends on where you finish. These Leadville Trail 100 Run qualifiers include: Austin RattlerTahoe Trail and Wilmington Whiteface, as well as the Austin Rattler Run. You can check out all of those details and rules on the websites, as provided.

So there you have it, in just another 12 hours, there are going to be hundreds of elated LT100 athletes, making their plans for their “Race Across The Sky” adventure. And for those who don’t make it, they always need volunteers!

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Grit, Guts and Determination is what it takes to compete in the iconic Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike race. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

 

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