Leadville Trail 100 Kicks Off Tomorrow

Defending champ Duncan Callahan will be the man to beat at this weekend's Leadville Trail 100. Photo: irunfar.com

Defending champs, along with other ultrarunning stars, will be on the starting line.

Defending champ Duncan Callahan will be the man to beat at this weekend's Leadville Trail 100. Photo: irunfar.com

LEADVILLE, Colo. – Legends will be created and limits will be tested on Saturday morning as nearly 1,000 runners embark upon one of the country’s most grueling ultra-distance races in history, the Leadville Trail 100 Run. Entering its 29th year, the event will expose runners to the rugged Colorado Rockies as they attempt to finish the race in 30 hours or less.

Beginning and ending in the heart of Leadville, Colo., located 100 miles west of Denver, participants from 45 states and 10 countries will race on a demanding 103-mile out-and-back course with descents ranging from 9,200 feet to 12,612 feet.

This year’s event includes a strong field of competitors including 2010 Leadville Trail 100 Run Champions Elizabeth Howard and Duncan Callahan. Both will be joined this year by some of the most elite ultra-distance runners in the world, including: Lynette Clemons, Stephanie Jones, Ryan Sandes, Barefoot Ted, and Micah True.

“Since 1983, when only 113 racers toed the start line, the Leadville Trail 100 Run has been a true test in determination and spirit for ultra-distance runners of all abilities,” said Kenneth Cooper, vice president of Life Time Fitness Athletic and Endurance events. “For nearly three decades this legendary race has proven that, as tough as the journey may be, there are no insurmountable obstacles. We’re looking forward to continuing this ‘must-do’ for every serious runner for decades to come.”

The race begins at 4:00 a.m. MT at the corner of Sixth Street and Harrison Avenue in Leadville, and marks the fifth and final challenge for the 48 athletes still eligible for the Leadman and Leadwoman Challenge. Since July, each Challenge athlete has competed in the Leadville Trail Marathon, Leadville Silver Rush 50-Mile Mountain Bike Race or Silver Rush 50-Mile Trail Run Race, Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race, and Leadville 10K Run.

For more information: www.leadvilleraceseries.com.

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